Campaign Websites and Hypermedia Campaigning: Lessons from the Ed Balls Labour Leadership Campaign 2010

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Authors: Erickson, K. and Lilleker, D.G.

Journal: Parliamentary Affairs

Volume: 65

Issue: 2

Pages: 404-424

eISSN: 1460-2482

ISSN: 0031-2290

DOI: 10.1093/pa/gsr041

Political campaigns are increasingly making use of new media tools to both broadcast messages to and communicate with potential voters. Such use of a range of new and traditional media channels synergistically has been theorised to offer specific advantages to campaigns, leading some media scholars to attach the term 'hypermedia' to the practice. Features of hypermedia campaigning include flexible organisational structure, synergistic feedback of messages across multiple online and offline media channels, and the identification and targeting of key groups of undecided voters with wedge issues. Recently, the 2010 labour leadership contest afforded the opportunity to evaluate the use and effectiveness of these strategies in a live campaign. The authors analysed traffic and visitor behaviour on the Ed Balls labour leadership campaign website for 100 days leading up to the election. The hypermedia strategy was deemed partially successful: while the candidates website successfully attracted a large number of visitors, data suggest that the wedge issue strategy, while seen as desirable by the campaign managers, was less effective for the Balls campaign team in the context of the labour leadership race. The campaigns focus on social media platforms rather than search engines meant that the majority of visitors to the campaign website were already familiar with, or supportive of Ed Balls political platform. © 2011 The Author Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Hansard Society. All rights reserved.

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Authors: Erickson, K. and Lilleker, D.G.

Journal: PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS

Volume: 65

Issue: 2

Pages: 404-424

eISSN: 1460-2482

ISSN: 0031-2290

DOI: 10.1093/pa/gsr041

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