Show bizz becomes show buzz:how viral diffusion changes the traditional meaning-making process of a rising star
De Valck, Kristine; Kretz, Gachoucha and Rasolofoarison, Dina
Show bizz becomes show buzz:how viral diffusion changes the traditional meaning-making process of a rising star.
[European] Advances in Consumer Research, 8
Studying the case of a young French rapper called Kamini, the authors show how the viral diffusion of a new creative product, such as a song, radically changes traditional meaning-making processes. Instead of the top-down approach in which product positioning is carefully constructed and transferred to consumers, marketers are faced with a bottom-up trend in which consumers increasingly participate in blogs and online forums to talk about products (thus, creating and diffusing meaning) before any marketing action is undertaken. Our study aims to understand the interactions and tensions between market forces that result from this pro-active role of the consumer.