Briggs, SJ and Cage, AG and Briggs, C (2017) How Do UK Environmental Publishers Use Facebook to Engage Users with Sustainability? Meliora: International Journal of Student Sustainability Research, 1 (1). ISSN 2514-3093

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Abstract

This study focuses on the ways that UK environmental publishers utilise Facebook to engage their users with sustainability. The research explores users’ engagement with posts shared by Greenpeace UK, WWF UK and Guardian Environment between 1st November 2015 and 31st October 2016. By mapping the number of shares, comments and reactions posts receive to features in the posts, we investigate how different features can help maximise user engagement. Analyses include the type of media accompanying posts; textual features such as emojis and hashtags; thematic analysis of post content including mapping categories to the pillars of sustainability (Gibson, 2006); and identifying the purpose of posts in line with Saxton and Waters’ (2014) I-A-C Framework. We recommend that publishers always use accompanying text with posts to provide context and inform users. By asking questions in post text, publishers can encourage comments and build community, whilst embedding links can inspire action. Visual media, particularly photos, are effective, and can be used to entertain users. Publishers should also include greater diversity of content themes to reconcile the three pillars of sustainability. Although each publishers’ audience will vary, these common features could encourage their users to engage with sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the final published version of the article (version of record). It first appeared online via University of Southampton at https://meliora.soton.ac.uk/articles/10.22493/Meliora.1.1.0002/ - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: engagement, engos, environmental education, social media, sustainability
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2017 08:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2017 08:57
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4124

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