1st Edition

Public Relations and Online Engagement Audiences, Fandom and Influencers

Edited By Amber L. Hutchins, Natalie T. J. Tindall Copyright 2021
    88 Pages
    by Routledge

    88 Pages
    by Routledge

    As media continues to evolve, social media has become even more integral to public relations activities, presenting new opportunities and challenges for practitioners. Relationships between publics and organizations continue to be first and foremost, but the process and possibilities for mutually beneficial relationships are being rewritten in situ.

    This volume aims to explore and understand highly engaged publics in a variety of social media contexts and across networks. The hope is the expansion and extension of public relations theories and models in this book helps move the discipline forward to keep up with the practice and the media environment. Contributors analyzed a range of organizations and industries, including corporate, entertainment, government, and political movements, to consider how public relations practitioners can facilitate ethical and effective communication between parties. A consistent thread was the need for organizations and practitioners to better understand the diverse backgrounds of publics, including age, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, beyond surface-level demographic stereotypes and assumptions.

    This book will be of interest to researchers, academics, and students in the field of public relations and communication, especially those with a particular interest in online engagement and social media as a PR tool.

    1. From Slacktivism to Activism: Rihanna and Fenty Brands ‘Pull Up’

    Candice Edrington

    2. Saving Wynonna Earp: The Power of Fandom

    Melanie Bourdaa

    3. Learning from the Best: A Review of Community Building, Audience Engagement, and Influencer Campaigns from the 2019 Cannes Lions

    Kelli S. Burns

    4. Influencer Strategies and Political PR: An AOC Case Analysis

    Ashley Hinck and Leslie Rasmussen

    5. Participatory Publics: #NASASocial Events and Fan Engagement

    Amber L. Hutchins

    6. How Hashtag Activism and Community Upended R. Kelly’s Traditional Litigation Public Relations Push

    Natalie T. J. Tindall

    7. Multinational Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity: Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch, the Overwatch League, and LGBTQ Pride Month

    Elaine Venter

    8. Engaging Audiences with Authenticity: The Role of Social Media in Royal Caribbean’s Hurricane Relief Effort

    Jessalyn Strauss and Kathleen Stansberry

    9. A Virus and Viral Content: The Vietnam Government’s use of TikTok for Public Health Messages during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Kylie P. Torres


    Amber L. Hutchins, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Communication at the School of Media and Communication at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.

    Natalie T. J. Tindall, Ph.D., serves as Department Chair and is Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at Lamar University.