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Web-based social movements contesting marketing strategy: the mobilisation of multiple actors and rhetorical strategies

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Marketing Management
Issue number3-4
Volume30
Number of pages26
Pages (from-to)383-408
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date1/08/13
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Previous studies suggest that marketing strategy is developed and used to mobilise and configure the actions of firm actors, creating a set of stabilising activities focused on the firm–customer dyad. Destabilising forces precipitated by the Internet and associated digital technologies involving contention and disruption by multiple actors are much less prevalent in the marketing literature. The central point we advance is that rather than marketing strategy being a controlled and stabilising force for firms in their relationships with customers, it can often lead to socially produced spaces where consumers and, importantly, other multiple actors form a social movement to actively attempt to destabilise it and contest its legitimacy. Using an innovative research approach, the findings of this study show how social movements proactively enrol and mobilise a wide range of relevant actors into a network of influence. Critical to this are rhetorical strategies, acting as important levers in attempts to destabilise and delegitimise a dominant firm's marketing strategy.