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The world’s highest-paid athletes, product endorsement, and Twitter

The world’s highest-paid athletes, product endorsement, and Twitter PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine the practice of celebrity athletes’ product endorsement in the context of social media, guided by meaning transfer model.Design/methodology/approachThe study adopted a content analysis method based on data gathered from the official Twitter account of 17 of the highest-paid athletes over a period of five months.FindingsResults outline the state, involvement level, roles, modes, preferred content types, discernible differences, shared features, and best practices employed in endorsement tweets. A framework of athletes’ product endorsement on Twitter is presented.Research limitations/implicationsThe study presented theoretical and practical implications, and limitations and impetus for future research.Originality/valueThe study investigated professional athletes’ use of their own media channel for the purpose of endorsement, presented a framework that illustrates the practice of celebrity athletes’ product endorsement on social media, and identified a best practice and an exemplary reference. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

The world’s highest-paid athletes, product endorsement, and Twitter

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2042-678X
DOI
10.1108/SBM-08-2016-0040
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine the practice of celebrity athletes’ product endorsement in the context of social media, guided by meaning transfer model.Design/methodology/approachThe study adopted a content analysis method based on data gathered from the official Twitter account of 17 of the highest-paid athletes over a period of five months.FindingsResults outline the state, involvement level, roles, modes, preferred content types, discernible differences, shared features, and best practices employed in endorsement tweets. A framework of athletes’ product endorsement on Twitter is presented.Research limitations/implicationsThe study presented theoretical and practical implications, and limitations and impetus for future research.Originality/valueThe study investigated professional athletes’ use of their own media channel for the purpose of endorsement, presented a framework that illustrates the practice of celebrity athletes’ product endorsement on social media, and identified a best practice and an exemplary reference.

Journal

Sport, Business and Management: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 10, 2017

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