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Public Relations:

Public Relations

What is Public Relations ?:

What is Public Relations ? PR involves a variety of programmes designed to promote or protect a company’s image or its individual products

PR is usually unsponsored and unpaid:

PR is usually unsponsored and unpaid It acts synergistically along with advertising

PR is essentially defensive:

PR is essentially defensive It is a corporate armour that the company can wear which would protect the company during adverse times

Functions of PR:

Functions of PR Promoting goodwill Promoting product, service, corporate image Corporate communications Lobbying Counteracting negative publicity

When PR is used for the purpose of marketing its product and services, it is known as Marketing Public Relations (MPR):

When PR is used for the purpose of marketing its product and services, it is known as Marketing Public Relations (MPR) It can be a very important component of the entire communications mix of the company

Objectives of MPR:

Objectives of MPR Assist in the launch of products/company Assist in repositioning a mature product Building interest in in a product category Influencing specific target groups Countering negative publicity Building corporate image that rubs off onto its products

Advantages of PR:

Advantages of PR Very credible and inexpensive PR can hold down promotion costs

Disadvantages of PR:

Disadvantages of PR Difficult to quantify PR benefits Lack of control ‘Deft’ management required

For PR to work there are several prerequisites:

For PR to work there are several prerequisites It must first put its own house in order IR must have the respect of employees and community Management must justify its profits and prove that it is not profiteering Work for the community as an able corporate citizen

Uses of PR:

Uses of PR Customer complaints and redressal It is an opportunity to cement relations with the customer Very important in the service and hospitality industry Combating rumours / falsehoods Confront and disclose facts in leading media Give the positive side of the story Capitalise on rumour to your benefit Rumour can be dismissed as ridiculous

PR changes attitudes. Institutional ads which present facts do not change attitudes :

PR changes attitudes. Institutional ads which present facts do not change attitudes You need to involve the reader by emotionalising the information

How do PR people get their job done?:

How do PR people get their job done? Using clout of the agency by virtue of being a space buyer Cultivating relations with media and leveraging that when required Communication that is newsworthy and which media would be glad to carry

Biased information shall bring in more resistance than acceptance.:

Biased information shall bring in more resistance than acceptance. Credibility of media as an unbiased reporter must be maintained . Therefore most media have their own editorial policies where all such information is suitably edited before it goes on print

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