Internationalization Via Instagram: An Exploratory Study of Small and Medium Enterprises
Keywords: Instagram, SMEs, Internationalisation, Customer created content, Web 2.0, Leapfrogging
AbstractThis study used content analyzed ten Australian Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sites for their brand awareness, communication, information, integration and cultural awareness to examine how best they use Instagram to internationalize. In this study, the internationalization process was provided through engaging a 3-stage internationalization process model (no plans to export, potential exporter, exporters) and, training outcomes were identified. Findings showed that owing to reduced barriers of engaging with overseas market, SMEs with the higher brand and cultural awareness, and acceptable online communication practices were primed for internationalization while SMEs who had poor business integration were negatively viewed for internationalization. These findings have implications for theory and practice.
How to Cite
Sukunesan, S., Selvarajah, C., & Mellstrom, Z. (2020). Internationalization Via Instagram: An Exploratory Study of Small and Medium Enterprises. Contemporary Management Research, 16(2), 77-121. https://doi.org/10.7903/cmr.19811
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