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Why the UK government is paying social media influencers to post about coronavirus.

Bolat, E., 2020. Why the UK government is paying social media influencers to post about coronavirus. The Conversation (9 September 2020).

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In our work around relationships between influencers and followers, we have found that many young people are interested in social media stars who seek to drive change rather than just sell products. This, combined with the personal approach, is what makes influencers an attractive prospect for a government trying to reach young people. If someone like Phillips talks about test and trace on Instagram, young people are likely to react and act. The World Health Organization has been using influencer marketing techniques in its coronavirus messaging since April. It has gone a step further by using a CGI influencer called Knox Frost to “get accurate, vetted information about COVID-19 in front of millennials and Gen Z”. The computer-generated 20-year-old has been posting to just under a million Instagram followers about coronavirus safety and raising funding for the WHO. In times when the economy is suffering, many might question why the UK government is paying social media stars to promote test and trace services. In reality, spending of this kind has enormous potential to deliver a positive impact. As our studies show, influencers are powerful in shaping the behaviour of their followers. Until now, this was mainly done in the commercial sphere to drive consumption, but now we are seeing more positive uses for their high profiles.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:coronovirus ; influencers ; Instagram influencers ; Covid-19 testing ; contact tracing ; coronovirus insights
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:34537
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:15 Sep 2020 10:40
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:24


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