Towner, T. and Muñoz, C. (2016, forthcoming) Baby boom or bust: The effect of social media on Baby Boomers in the 2012 Presidential election, Journal of Political Marketing.
A considerable number of studies have investigated the influence of new media on political attitudes and behaviors. However, much of this research focuses on young people, ignoring other age cohorts, particularly Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964). To fill this gap, this research examines the influence of attention to specific forms of traditional and online media on Baby Boomers’ online and offline political participation during the fall 2012 U.S. presidential campaign. Drawing on a Baby Boomer survey panel, responses were collected during the 2012 general election to analyze the empirical relationship between attention to traditional and online media sources and political participation. Data analyses reveal that Boomers’ attention to traditional media sources, particularly television, did not increase their offline and online political participation. Instead, various forms of offline and online participation were consistently heightened by Boomers’ attention to presidential candidate websites. In addition, attention to Facebook for campaign information was positively linked to online engagement. Boomers’ attention to blogs, Twitter, and YouTube were associated with only certain types of online and offline activities.
Muñoz, C. and Wood, N. (2015) Update status: The state of social media in the marketing Curriculum. Journal of Marketing Education, 37(2), 88-103
The purpose of this research is to examine how the topic of social media has been integrated and executed within academic institutions and marketing courses. An exploratory survey of marketing educators that taught social media in their course(s) was undertaken. The survey addressed how social media was embedded within an institute’s curriculum, the amount of coverage given to social media, teaching approach taken, what specific topics were covered, instructional materials, type(s) of assessment, and unique pedagogical challenges the topic posed. Recommendations are provided to assist faculty in their social media curriculum development.
Ertimur, B., Muñoz C., and Hutton, J. (2015) Regifting: A multi-perspective processural overview. Journal of Business Research, 68(9), 1997-2004.
Regifting is explored through content and thematic analysis of self-reported stories about regifting exchanges narrated by regifters, regiftees, original gift givers and observers. Analyses reveal four modes of regifting, diverse tactics employed by regifters, a variety of cues that signal regifts, as well as emotional, relational and behavioral outcomes of regifting. Findings highlight the need to examine regifting as a phenomenon related to but distinct from traditional, dyadic gift giving, and to incorporate aspects of systemic and communal gift-giving models. This research redefines the boundaries, forms, and characteristics of regifting based on consumers’ perceptions, and highlights implications of regifting for the ethos of traditional gift giving.
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