Is there a difference between Marketing and PR? Many small firms have no ongoing PR effort but frequently spend large sums on marketing & advertising, which is often times less effective than they had hoped. Let's take a look at these two subjects and see if we can shed some light on the differences between the two.
The purpose of Public Relationsis to position or fix in the mind of the public an idea about your company or business. It's to get them to think of you in a certain way or even to change the way they think. All this falls under the category of PR.
The purpose of Marketing is to create a large demand for your products and services with a selected target audience, by various techniques, such as differntiation, positioning, etc. Ultimately great Marketing should lead to increased sales.
As you can see from the above defintions, each activitity is different from the other, though somewhat related. Marketing is a more direct approach to sales while PR is more of an indirect approach.
Marketing says directly, "our products are great because..."
PR says (indirectly), "we're a good company because... (others think so, we did_____, etc)".
For the small to mid sized business, Marketing is the quicker path to sales and therefore gets the lion share of the focus of businesses, while PR is the longer term, flanking strategy for really building up your company's brand equity, awareness and clout over time.
Both are vital activities with their own merits that deserve to be part of your overall business strategy.
New PR campaigns ideally should be launched before any new Marketing campaigns roll out. It spreads the good works & good news of your company and creates a positive buzz around your brand. When the Marketing hits, you've got your audience in an amiable frame of mind.
It has been said thatPR starts the fire & Marketing fans the flames. Another great quote is that Advertising is the penalty you pay for lack of effective PR.
Today there are many tools available to the small business owner to get started with PR. The most simplest form would be to start considering periodic press releases through a Newswire service.
If you need help with your PR or Marketing effort, please give us a call so we can speak with you about all the different options that are available to help build your company's brand and marketing position.
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