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Touchpoint Management and Interpersonal Communication

Journal article
Authors Mikael Jensen
Published in Studies in Media and Communication
Volume 4
Issue 1
Pages 30-48
ISSN 2325-8071
Publication year 2016
Published at Centre of Interdisciplinary Research/Cognition/Information. SSKKII (2010-)
Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Pages 30-48
Language en
Keywords touchpoint, interpersonal communication, communicative tools, intentionality, goals, effectiveness
Subject categories Human Aspects of ICT, Communication Studies, Social Psychology, Cognitive science, Cognitive science


A touchpoint is anything in time and space with the purpose to temporarily enable sharing of information and minds to be connected. Since we in our time have many ways to get in touch we are starting to pay more attention on how to manage our available touchpoints for the benefit or our relationships and communicative goals. An interpersonal theory of touchpoint management is outlined based on six basic communication premises. Several parameters are described to distinguish between different touchpoints and what they can afford in communicative situations. Touchpoints can be managed in kind and degree. To optimize the choice and use of touchpoints we have to take a lot of factors into consideration. The suggested factors are collected in nine dimensions and three of them are seen as more important: Accessibility (preference and skills), relations and effectiveness (goals). Related theories are discussed and compared in terms of similarities and differences.

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