Exploring the Role of Photography in Agritourism Marketing
the purpose of this study is to explore which elements of photographs used in the marketing of agritourism are most effective at reaching consumers. The application of the grounded theory method serves as the methodology for identifying consistent themes in the data. Data was collected through focus group based discussion based on a set of photographs that represent potential visual marketing aids in agritourism. The photographs that served as the conversation platform during focus groups were all taken on pasture based livestock farms that participated in an agritourism pilot project in West Virginia. Participants selected for focus groups were stakeholders in tourism, including farmers who participate in agritourism, tourists who may or may not have visited a farm, and community members such as visitors center employees and restaurant owners. The conversation of each focus group was recorded and transcribed, and served as the primary source of data for this study. The transcriptions of the interviews were scrutinized through content analysis, and were subsequently coded according to the themes that emerged in responses. The data from this study identifies patterns of centrality within specific demographic groups involved in agritourism, and is intended to better equip farmers, agritourism coordinators, tourism planners, and destination marketing directors in the development of their marketing strategies by providing them with insight into the different reactions that photographs of agritourism might illicit for members of their potential audience.
Joyner, Leah. (January 2014). Exploring the Role of Photography in Agritourism Marketing (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/4562.)
Joyner, Leah. Exploring the Role of Photography in Agritourism Marketing. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, January 2014. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/4562. June 21, 2018.
Joyner, Leah, “Exploring the Role of Photography in Agritourism Marketing” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, January 2014).
Joyner, Leah. Exploring the Role of Photography in Agritourism Marketing [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; January 2014.
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