Purpose: This paper aims to present an automated literature analysis to unveil the drivers for incorporating social media in tourism and hospitality brand strategies. Design/methodology/approach: To gather relevant literature, Google Scholar was queried with “brand”/“branding” and “social media” for articles in ten top-ranked tourism and hospitality journals, resulting in a total of 479 collected articles. The methodology adopted for the analysis is based on text mining and topic modeling procedures. The topics discovered are characterized by terms belonging to a dictionary previously compiled and provide a segmentation of the articles in coherent sets of the literature. Findings: Most of the 213 articles that encompass a strong relation between social media and branding are mentioning mainly brand building stages. A large research gap was found in hospitality and tourism considering that, besides advertising, no topic was discovered related to known brand strategies such as co-branding or franchising. Practical implications: The present analysis concludes that specialized tourism and hospitality literature needs to keep pace with research that is being conducted on a wide range of industries to assess the influence of social media. Originality/value: The automated analysis approach used has no precedent in tourism and hospitality research. By including an innovative topical concept map, it led to identifying and summarizing the topics, providing a clear picture on the findings. This study calls for research by specialized tourism and hospitality publications, eventually leading to special issues on this vibrant subject.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- Brand building
- Brand strategies
- Literature analysis
- Social media
- Text mining
- Tourism and hospitality
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26th Annual Literati Awards for Excellence - 2019 Highly Commended Paper in International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM)
Rita, Paulo (Recipient) & Moro, S. (Recipient), Nov 2019
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