This paper explores and explains the emergence of commercial blogging. Studying the contents of 18 of Sweden’s top fashion blogs, our findings suggest that bloggers create value by generating improved transaction efficiencies. Fashion bloggers have high credibility and thus facilitate the flow of consumer information and choice. The blogs present a combination of private and commercial content, thereby creating a customer intimacy that differentiates them from more traditional market channels. The value of these relationships is appropriated partly through advertisements and partly from other sources of revenue, such as the creation of brands and online stores. Bloggers have become powerful intermediaries who often have a better contact with end consumers than fashion firms. This paper therefore suggests that management of the blogosphere is an emerging source of competitive advantage for fashion firms.
Nyckelord: social media, blogs, fashion, business model, transaction costs, Sweden
Pihl, C., & Sandström, C. (2013). Value creation and appropriation in social media – the case of fashion bloggers in Sweden. International Journal of Technology Management, 61(3), 309-323.