Buzz in motion pictures : what is buzz and how can marketing create it?

Mackay, Cameron Hugh (2013) Buzz in motion pictures : what is buzz and how can marketing create it? PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


In the movie industry, the extraordinarily successful theatrical performance of certain films is largely attributed to buzz. Despite longstanding commentary about the role of buzz in successful movie marketing and the belief that it accelerates new product diffusion, limited scholarly evidence exists to support these assertions. This is primarily due to the lack of conceptual distinction of buzz from word-of-mouth, which is often used as the main basis for conceptualising buzz. However, word-of-mouth does not fully explain the buzz surrounding films such as 'Gone With The Wind', 'The Dark Knight' and 'Avatar'. Informed by valuable insights from key experts who have launched some of the most successful movies in box office history, as well as a range of moviegoers, this thesis developed a deeper understanding of what buzz is and how it is created. This thesis concludes that buzz is not the same as word-of-mouth.

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ID Code: 64115
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: McDonnell, John & Silver, Jon
Keywords: buzz, film, movies, Hollywood, strategy, emotion, word-of-mouth, diffusion theory, contagion, marketing
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2013 02:43
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 22:36

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