Social Media and Intangible Cultural Heritage for Digital Marketing Communication: Case of Marrakech Crafts

Authors:
Ichraq Hammou1, Sabrine Aboudou1, Youssef Makloul1
1. University of Cadi Ayyad (Morocco)
Pages:
121 - 127
Language:
English
Cite as:
Hammou, I., Aboudou, S., & Makloul, Y. (2020). Social Media and Intangible Cultural Heritage for Digital Marketing Communication: Case of Marrakech Crafts. Marketing and Management of Innovations, 1, 121-127. http://doi.org/10.21272/mmi.2020.1-09


Annotation

Morocco is endowed with an intangible cultural heritage of great interest at the global level, to which Moroccan craftsmanship, for which it is widely known internationally, makes a significant contribution. In today's, the notion of heritage is continuously expanding, experiencing an almost unlimited extension. The intangible heritage increasingly occupies a prominent place in the planning of several bodies, whose aim is to raise awareness among nations of the need to protect their cultural diversity and to help them to develop projects for the safeguarding and preservation of this category of heritage. The majority of marketing research has not addressed the issue of the relationship between social media communication and the promotion of intangible cultural heritage in the sense that there is an information deficit in addressing this issue. The concept of social media communication represents for professionals a lever of great importance since it has become indispensable to a good marketing strategy. It constitutes, in the context of research, a real tool for the promotion of intangible cultural heritage and the enhancement of territories. The main objective of this article is to explore the concept of intangible cultural heritage given the great importance it represents and its relationship with social media communication in the Moroccan context, especially in the promotion, transmission and even the safeguarding of this wealth. The study used a multidisciplinary exploratory in the fields of media communication and territorial marketing. Thus, the study focused on the two concepts: intangible cultural heritage and communication through social media, while analysing the nature of their interrelation in general and more specifically the relationship between communication through social media and the promotion of Marrakech handicrafts as part of Morocco's intangible cultural heritage. The results of this empirical study of an exploratory nature, conducted among 14 experts operating in the Moroccan handicrafts sector, demonstrated the existence of a strong relationship between the use of social media communication and the promotion of Moroccan intangible cultural heritage and more specifically the intangible cultural heritage of the city of Marrakech through the development and enhancement of its handicraft products.


Keywords
communication, intangible cultural heritage, Marrakech, Moroccan craftsmanship, social media.


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