Participating an viewers within the hyper-competitive world of on-line social media content material is an enormous problem for any new enterprise enterprise. One technique, adopted by established “famous person entrepreneurs” resembling Elon Musk, is to put up provocative feedback on Twitter.
However does it work for start-ups? The reply is: it relies upon, in line with analysis led by Macquarie College Enterprise Faculty.
Researchers analyzed 369,142 Twitter posts generated by 268 US-based know-how start-ups utilizing information from the Crunchbase web site. They centered on founders’ social media habits earlier than and after they’d obtained enterprise capital funding.
“We discovered that if ‘low standing’ start-ups—those that hadn’t received enterprise funding but—posted provocative tweets then they misplaced viewers engagement,” says Affiliate Professor Erik Lundmark, director of analysis. “Conversely, tweets by those who had obtained enterprise funding attracted extra engagement once they contained provocative language.”
Due to the extremely aggressive nature of VC funding, “the consecration occasion” of securing funding supplies an essential endorsement of a enterprise‘s high quality and raises their standing, says Lundmark, whose crew’s analysis is printed within the Journal of Enterprise Venturing.
“Our premise was that it’s broadly believed that provocation drives engagement on-line, notably on social media,” Lundmark says. “There’s additionally some analysis that signifies that provocation does result in elevated engagement, however it’s been finished on well-established organizations and high-status actors resembling politicians and established manufacturers.”
The researchers needed to know what would occur if new ventures emulated these high-status actors. Would provocation have the identical impact for them?
Musk, the founding father of Tesla and SpaceX, has gained a fame for regularly castigating folks on social media. He is even referred to as them names, resembling “pedophiles” or “idiots”. This provocative language generates extra consideration, driving extra viewers interplay, retweets and responses. Musk has 149 million followers on Twitter having purchased the corporate in 2022 for $44 billion.
The researchers outlined provocative language as “rule-breaking”, when posts used expressions of aggression or violence, law-breaking, swear phrases and have been antagonistic. Utilizing this language is dangerous as a result of whereas it might generate viewers response, it could additionally appeal to destructive response too.
When startups obtained funding, they have been deemed “excessive standing” and once they made provocative feedback, it tended to extend viewers engagement as measured by likes and retweets.
Prior analysis had established that it was helpful for brand new ventures to interact with their viewers to realize extra assist for his or her enterprise, their product and to acquire extra funding however little analysis has been finished till now on how to do this successfully with social media.
Warning to ‘edgelords’
The researchers on this examine centered on provocative language “as a result of it represents a very distinguished, present, and broadly mentioned phenomenon inside social media,” they wrote of their paper.
And so they sounded a be aware of warning for would-be Twitter edgelords, individuals who intentionally undertake a provocative persona.
“Recurring Twitter tantrums aimed toward producing engagement—even when seen as appropriate on the time—may need detrimental long-term results. We seemed solely at new ventures and Twitter, so one must be cautious when extending our findings to different contexts,” Lundmark says.
Additional analysis might decide whether or not folks react in a different way to provocation relying on whether or not they understand it to return from a excessive or a low standing actor in different contexts and whether or not gender or ethnicity are elements, he says.
One other query value asking, says Lundmark, is whether or not destructive feedback are as helpful as optimistic feedback? Is destructive consideration higher than no consideration?
Lundmark’s examine solely checked out tweets, so with the appearance of the brand new platform Threads, additional analysis might uncover whether or not the kind of social media platform used impacts viewers engagement.
Benedikt David Christian Seigner et al, Tweeting like Elon? Provocative language, new-venture standing, and viewers engagement on social media, Journal of Enterprise Venturing (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2022.106282
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