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Buy, Boycutt or Blog

  • Kerr G
  • Mortimer K
  • Dickinson S
  • et al.
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Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine the concept of consumer power, in particular the power or bloggers in the online environment and how this might be applied to the regulation of advertising.Design/methodology/approach – Utilising Denegri‐Knott's (2006) four on‐line power strategies, a content analysis of weblogs of Tourism Australia's “Where the bloody hell are you?” advertising campaign is undertaken. Blogger behaviour towards this controversial campaign is documented and consumer power strategies are examined.Findings – This study reveals that bloggers are circumventing the traditional self regulatory process by distributing information, opinion, and even banned advertising material, thereby forming power hubs of like‐minded people, with the potential to become online pressure groups, augmenting the traditional powers of consumers in the self regulatory process.Research limitations/implications – Limitations include a single case context and its exploration of a single media tool (weblog...




Kerr, G., Mortimer, K., Dickinson, S., & Waller, D. S. (2013). Buy, Boycutt or Blog. European Journal of Marketing Internet Research Journal of Consumer Marketing, 46(1), 387–405. Retrieved from">https://

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