Publicity


Publicity

Publicity is the deliberate attempt to manage the public's perception of a subject. The subjects of publicity include people (for example, politicians and performing artists), goods and services, organizations of all kinds, and works of art or entertainment.

From a marketing perspective, publicity is one component of promotion which is one component of marketing. The other elements of the promotional mix are advertising, sales promotion, direct marketing and personal selling. Promotion But the publicist cannot wait around for the news to present opportunities. They must also try to create their own news. Examples of this include:

  • Art exhibitions
  • Event sponsorship
  • Arrange a speech or talk
  • Make an analysis or prediction
  • Conduct a poll or survey
  • Issue a report
  • Take a stand on a controversial subject
  • Arrange for a testimonial
  • Announce an appointment
  • Invent then present an award
  • Stage a debate
  • Organize a tour of your business or projects
  • Issue a commendation

The advantages of publicity are low cost, and credibility (particularly if the publicity is aired in between news stories like on evening TV news casts). New technologies such as weblogs, web cameras, web affiliates, and convergence (phone-camera posting of pictures and videos to websites) are changing the cost-structure. The disadvantages are lack of control over how your releases will be used, and frustration over the low percentage of releases that are taken up by the media.

Publicity draws on several key themes including birth, love, and death. These are of particular interest because they are themes in human lives which feature heavily throughout life. In television serials several couples have emerged during crucial ratings and important publicity times, as a way to make constant headlines. Also known as a publicity stunt, the pairings may or may not be according to the fact.

Publicists

A publicist is a person whose job is to generate and manage publicity for a product, public figure, especially a celebrity, or for a work such as a book or movie or band. Publicists usually work at large companies handling multiple clients.

Effectiveness of Publicity

The theory, Any press is good press, has been coined to describe situations where bad behaviour by people involved with an organization or brand has actually resulted in positive results, due to the fame and press coverage accrued by such events.

One example would be the Australian Tourism Board's "So where the bloody hell are you?" advertising campaign that was initially banned in the UK, but the amount of publicity this generated resulted in the official website for the campaign being swamped with requests to see the banned ad.[1]

The popular sitcom, Married... with Children, achieved skyrocketing ratings after activist Terry Rakolta petitioned sponsors to withdraw their support from the program.[citation needed]

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  • publicity — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 7}}[wym. pablis ity – akcent na sylabie trzeciej od końca] {{/stl 7}}{{stl 8}}rz. n ndm {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} popularność, sława, rozgłos zdobywane przede wszystkim za pośrednictwem środków masowego przekazu; także: reklama :… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • publicity — (n.) 1791, condition of being public, from Fr. publicité (1690s), from M.L. publicitatem (nom. publicitas), from L. publicus (see PUBLIC (Cf. public)). Sense of making something known, advertising is from 1826. Publicity stunt first recorded 1926 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Publicity — Pub*lic i*ty, n. [Cf. F. publicit[ e].] The quality or state of being public, or open to the knowledge of a community; notoriety; publicness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • publicity — I noun advertisement, advertising, airing, announcement, billing, broadcast, bulletin, common knowledge, disclosure, dissemination, divulgation, divulgement, divulgence, enunciation, evulgation, exposure, fame, famousness, information, issuance,… …   Law dictionary

  • publicity — (izg. pablìsiti) m DEFINICIJA skup sredstava kojima se želi privući pažnja, upozoriti na koga ili što; reklama, propaganda ETIMOLOGIJA engl., v. publicirati …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Publicity — ↑ publik …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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  • publicity — ► NOUN 1) notice or attention given to someone or something by the media. 2) material or information used for advertising or promotional purposes …   English terms dictionary

  • publicity — [pub lis′ə tē] n. [Fr publicité] 1. the state of being public, or commonly known or observed 2. ☆ a) any information, promotional material, etc. which brings a person, place, product, or cause to the notice of the public b) the work or business… …   English World dictionary


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