Student Hi, professor Gordin. I really learned a lot from your lecture, the one about analyzing all those different segments of the population. Oh, the official term is audience, right? I never imagine that one company could have over thirty audiences to communicate with. Professor Yeah, a lot of students are taken aback by this, and some public relations consultants don’t figure it out until they’ve worked in the field a while. Student [email protected] Everyone thinks, public relations, eh, PR is easy, but there’s a lot to it. You really got to know what you are doing. Professor Absolutely. So, Stacy, your email implied that you needed my advice about graduate school? Student No, since my undergraduate degree will be in public relations, I’ve already decided to get a master’s degree in marketing. Sorry, I wasn’t clear. My issue is, I have got two require courses and two electives. I am trying to figure out which elective course is to take. My advisor suggested economics and accounting, but I am not really sure. Professor About? Student Well, I endured accounting and economics in high school and barely stayed awake, they were so... Professor Ok, Ok. I hear you. Eh... you say you wanted a master’s in marketing, you have got one more semester till graduation. Have you taken any marketing courses yet? Student No, I figured I’ve got the marketing basis already since I have taken every PR in communication courses offered here. 刘刘刘刘刘刘 刘刘刘刘刘 Learn and Share 刘 241
Professor Well, there’s some overlap between PR and marketing, but there are important differences too. Marketing focuses on selling your product or service, eh, you know, attracting customers through advertising, and also building relationships with customers. That’s what a marketing department does. PR is all about, it involves relationships too, that’s why I am saying the two fields overlap. But in PR, you are developing relationships with a wider range of audiences. Student Right. Like employees, suppliers, the media. I do understand this in theory, but aren’t you still selling your product, just in a different way? Professor Not necessarily. Ok, do you remember that PR strategy I alluded to the other day? The one our university uses, a strategy that doesn’t overlap its marketing strategy? Student [email protected] You mean how the university invites local residents to attend certain lectures and classes for free? Professor Yeah, this cultivates a sense of good will and helps the university avoid becoming isolated from the larger community. Bringing neighbors into our classrooms is good PR, but it is not marketing since our neighbors aren’t our customers, for the most part.
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