Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations: What’s the Difference?

Marketing, advertising, and public relations.  If you’re in any of these fields, you have most likely been exposed to all of these categories and understand the complex ins and outs.  Anyone not in these industries, though, may struggle to comprehend what exactly people in these fields do. Worse yet, they may even use these terms interchangeably.  These fields are actually quite different though, with unique responsibilities and goals embedded in each. Here is a brief breakdown of the different fields:

1) Marketing

Marketing can be used as an umbrella term for delivering a product to a target audience, and advertising and public relations fall under this broad umbrella. Generally speaking, it’s the sum of all parts. The goal of marketing is to acquire customers through the promotion of products or services, establish relationships with them and then maintain those relationships over time. A good synonym for marketing, and another way to think about it, is promotion, which is referenced above. Ultimately, your goal is to market or promote your product through various channels.

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2) Advertising

Advertising, as mentioned above, is one slice of the marketing pie that includes paid-for media exposure. The goal of an ad is to tell the target audience important and specific company information and facts through various mediums, including television, print (e.g., newspapers, magazines, journals,) radio, press, internet, direct selling, contests, sponsorships, posters, clothes, events, and even people (ambassadors.) Overall, the goal of advertising is to inform, persuade, or remind customers about your product, service or brand to get them to buy into it.

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3) Public Relations

Public relations helps establish positive brand image and increase brand awareness; it’s all about reputation management. Public relations can include press releases, events, speaking opportunities, sponsorships, and media relations for the client. The goals are more broad than those of advertising and vary from client to client. For some, it’s about creating a reputation that previously didn’t exist because you’re a new company or a new service. For others, it’s about reputation management in the sense of diverting attention away from potentially damaging press to maintain that positive image. The services that PR offers are very tailored to each client’s wishes, but the biggest difference between PR and advertising is that PR is usually made up of earned media - i.e. organic and unpaid for - while advertising is paid for.

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Marketing is not just a nice thing to have, it’s an important asset for companies to utilize. Therefore, it’s always good to know the differences, whether you’re thinking about pursuing one of the fields, know someone in the field, or are simply curious.

By: Ilana Weinberger

Best PR Campaigns of 2016

It is easy to say that most people are ready to see 2016 go. It was filled of many ups and downs, and just bizarre moments. Here are some of the top PR campaigns of this past year:

1. Finger Licking Good! Literally. 

In early May, KFC launched their exclusive line of edible nail polish. Yes, nail polish. Not chicken! The chicken flavored nail polish launched in Hong Kong in order to increase excitement about the brand. The stunt gained worldwide attention, and definitely the attention of its customer base.

2. Rich, in Sugar!

In early 2016, Skittles launched a PR campaign that created a "Skittles Holiday Pawn Shop". People in Toronto, CA were encouraged to come into the shop and bargain their unwanted holiday gifts in exchange for skittles. They walked away with sweet currency, and all the items were donated to charity. A win win! 

3. "Like my Addiction"

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It is safe to say that social media is a great way to target a younger audience. That is exactly what the French ad company BETC to help Addict Aide. "Louise.delage" was an Instagram account created, that gained over 50,000 likes on her photos and videos within two months. It was later revealed that upon closer inspection, each photo had this girl drinking alcohol. A creative and impactful way to raise the awareness of addiction. 

4.Simple Selfie

Paramount launched this simple yet effective campaign to increase the publicity of the release of Zoolander 2. The public was encouraged to share post their own version of the famous "Blue Steel Pose". The #BlueSteelSelfie was a great way to create buzz. 

5. Touchable Ink

In an extremely innovative step, Samsung partnered with the Thailand Association of the Blind and a chemistry professor to create one of the first accessible and cheap braille ink. This "Touchable Ink" could be placed into any printer cartridge, heated up with any household device, and the braille would appear! It was a huge step, because braille printers cost thousands of dollars which make it inaccessible to a wide population. While not promoting their products, this campaign helped Samsung gain worldwide support and attention. 

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Native Advertising

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PokéPR

Admit it, did you see a single ad for Pokémon GO before it was released? Odds are you probably found out about it from a friend who was playing it. While Niantic’s Pokémon GO may have started as an April Fool’s Joke, on July 6th 2016, millions of Americans plugged in to finally experience the popular franchise in the real world (more or less). Recode.net estiamtes the total number of players in the US to be about 9.5 million daily. Additionally the app has already surpassed data usage of other popular apps such as Tinder and Twitter. But, the question is, how can an app with little to no marketing or pr budget get, let alone keep the number one spot for so long? Well there are a few reasons...

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No one is surprised to hear that the business environments in Israel are rather different than they are here in the states. Jokes can sometimes be cruder, you may have hookah smoke blown in your face, and you haven't lived until the bus driver closes his door on you in the pouring rain because it took you too long to board the bus. My personal favorite, however, is when a taxi driver tells you that your own destination is wrong.

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American Government = PR

Did you know that the American Government in the largest PR firm in the world? Take a look at the “Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006,” the government spends over 2 billion dollars annually on Public Relations, and that number only increases by year.

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Spambots: Does the Number of Your Followers Reflect Their Engagement?

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You can’t help but admit that it is satisfying to open up your phone and see the Instagram notification alert you of how many more likes or followers you gained. What if you could get hundreds, even thousands of those for just a few dollars! Is it worth it?

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Be the Amsterdam of PR

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Be relatable, courteous, outgoing, and professional. Don’t assume that because your Twitter account looks great that it will translate into business and growth opportunities. Sure someone might visit your account because of the large number of followers, “surely s/he is doing something right!” but once they find that you have done nothing but faked your popularity, and you aren’t personable at all, they will simply forget about you and move on to the next place.

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Bastille Day's Lessons for Small Cities

Bastille Day's Lessons for Small Cities

We need to reanalyze how we understand urban acts of terror, and we also need to rethink the attention given to smaller cities in national strategies for protection and defense. Smaller cities, in a very simple sense, need PR. They tend to be overlooked by national or federal defense agencies, and many governments just assume that they couldn’t possibly exist on any terrorist’s agenda. Nice proves the fallacy of that assumption, and the lethal consequences.

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#Hashtag#Honeymoon

#Hashtag#Honeymoon

#Hashtags are powerful tools. The search for content in the deep pools of media, social sites, and internet marketing is becoming exponentially easier. People use hashtags to help discover recipes, fashion, music and beauty advice in over crowded social sites. Unknown musicians, local foodies and artists are finding ways to break out all through the power of hashtags. From the undisclosed to the undiscovered, hashtags bring news out of the shadows and bring personalities out of the crowds.

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Breaking Barriers in Business - The Benefits of Hiring a PR Professional

The importance of Public Relation (PR) strategy for the growth of business is indisputable. Today PR has expanded to multiple aspects and its importance is amplified by the cutting-edge information technologies. Apart from the traditional press releases and press conferences, today PR comprises the brand’s presence in blogs, social media and other digital networks. An effective PR strategy is a flexible strategy which flows well with new trends. It must cover all media and stay in the front line of information. Definitely, managing PR with perfection is challenging, but it reaps rich results for a business.

By now it is proven that PR is a big function and comprises multiple challenging aspects to be handled. So, hiring a PR professional can definitely win over your decision to handle everything on own. Some compelling benefits of hiring a PR professional for your business are:

You get best inputs for your business: A professional has the knack to understand your PR needs and position your business accordingly. He can give the best fitting solutions in terms of communication programs, below the line advertising, corporate philanthropy, corporate sponsorship etc. So, by handling PR on own you may miss the goodness of professionalism.

You save a lot of time: Hiring a Professional PR can relieve you from a lot of burden. As mentioned PR is a big function and it requires a lot of time and focus without which you can’t reap the effective results. If you stress yourself too much to handle PR activities you may get diverted from your core business and lose golden opportunities. Hiring a professional ensures you that all the PR stuff like social media account handling, media coverage; branding, press releases are being skillfully handled. So, you can get absorbed in the core business without worries.

Your business gets an all-encompassing PR strategy: PR professionals are knowledgeable about the different PR tools available and make the best use of each tool. They have handled PR needs of numerous businesses like yours and they are experts in tailoring the right format and pitch for a particular business. They know how to position your business to grab the attention of target crowd. They have abundant market knowledge and take action on the opportunities in terms of PR initiatives.

In a nutshell, hiring a PR professional fills your PR plan with rich and effective inputs to steer your business towards success.

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