Branding Cities in the Age of Social Media: A Comparative Assessment of Local Government Performance

  • Efe SevinEmail author
Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 15)


This chapter is a comparative study of how three local governments—Cape Town (South Africa), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA), and Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, USA)—use social media platforms in their city branding attempts. Theoretical arguments in the fields of corporate and city branding point out the potential of these new communication platforms to change how brand-related content is created and shared with target audiences. However, the practice is understudied. The study first explains the potential of social media in branding through media ecology, city brand communication, and brand co-creation theories. Second, the performance of the aforementioned three cities on social media is evaluated by analyzing their Twitter and Facebook presence. The findings suggest that there is room for improvement for local governments in their employment of social media for city branding campaigns. The chapter concludes with recommendations for practitioners.


Local Government Social Medium Target Audience Social Media Platform Corporate Branding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public Relations and InformationKadir Has UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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