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dc.contributor.advisorMaresh-Fuehrer, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorVermaelen, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-18T22:04:05Z
dc.date.available2020-12-18T22:04:05Z
dc.date.issued2020-05
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1969.6/89242
dc.description.abstractUses and gratifications theory has been widely used to examine the motivations individuals have to consume media. This study utilizes uses and gratifications theory in combination with consumers’ online brand related activities and engagement outcomes to determine how and why individuals engage with informal science learning institutions, such as zoos, aquariums, and museums, on Twitter. Its results contribute to uses and gratifications literature because it supports the notion that uses and gratifications theory can be applied to social media engagement and explores the theory as applied to informal science learning institutions. This study also examines the engagement outcomes of these motivations. The motivations associated with engagement on Twitter are information, entertainment, personal identity, social interaction, empowerment, remuneration, and brand love. These engagement motivations can influence a follower to consume, contribute, or create content. The motivations can also help improve trust, conative loyalty, affective loyalty, and purchase intention. The results of this study suggest that information, entertainment, and social interaction are the most powerful motivators for consuming content, and information and entertainment can lead to increased trust, conative loyalty, and purchase intention. Communication professionals that work at informal science learning institutions will be able to use the results of this study to create effective Twitter content.en_US
dc.format.extent101en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
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dc.subjectconsumers’ online brand related activitiesen_US
dc.subjectengagementen_US
dc.subjectinformal scienceen_US
dc.subjectsocial mediaen_US
dc.subjectstrategic communicationen_US
dc.subjectuses and gratifications theoryen_US
dc.titleInformal science learning institutions and social media engagementen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.rights.holderVermaelen, Jessica
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunicationen_US
thesis.degree.grantorTexas A & M University--Corpus Christien_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSollitto, Michael
dc.description.departmentCommunication & Mediaen_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Liberal Artsen_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US


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