Evaluating the content strategy developed by universities on social media




Palabras clave:

Universities, Higher education, Institutional communication, Corporate communication, Public relations, Digital communication, Internet, Social networks, Social media, Content strategy, Institutional content, Functional content, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn


Institutional communication is becoming a strategic instrument for universities, since it facilitates the relationships with their various publics and allows positioning of the institutional brand, which will contribute to building a distinctive reputation. The types of content disseminated by universities via their social media accounts will contribute decisively to these objectives, since the way in which the different topics are communicated may influence the publics´ perceptions of these higher education institutions. This research analyses the different types of content disseminated by universities (in Europe, the United States and Latin America) via their accounts on social networks (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn), to assess the main content topics that define the universities´ communicative positioning. A content analysis of the publications by universities on their social networks was carried out, representing an appropriate method to recognize the main themes and topics of their communication strategy. The results reveal two main thematic blocks of content: functional (teaching, research and social commitment topics) and institutional (organizational and contextual topics). Institutional publications are the most relevant block of content, far above the functional posts. In terms of specific topics, the organizational ones are the most common, well above publications on teaching or research, while contextual and social commitment content is used marginally. Most universities, in all regions and on all social networks, follow a dominant strategy of institutional content. So, the higher education institutions are mainly using social networks as a strategic tool for institutional positioning, more than informing about their daily activity. 


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Capriotti, P. ., Losada-Dí­az, J.-C., & Martinez-Gras, R. (2023). Evaluating the content strategy developed by universities on social media. Profesional De La información, 32(2). https://doi.org/10.3145/epi.2023.mar.10



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