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  • 1. Is It All Noise? What Matters in Public Relations Information, Meaning and Noise Series Center for Science and Society Bryn Mawr College March 25, 2004
  • 2.
    • Testing the Noise Theory
        • Entertainment/Arts/Fashion
        • Politics
        • Manufacturers
        • Nonprofits
    • Public Relations
        • Definition
        • Goal
        • Measurement
  • 3. The Noise Theory: All Publicity Is Good Publicity
  • 4. Theory: All Publicity Is Good Publicity
    • Entertainment/Arts/Fashion Industry Standard:
    • Yes
      • Lowest common denominator
      • Outlandish behavior as marker of creativity and means to end
      • Celebrity gossip
      • Low-level scandal
      • Repentance and forgiveness
      • Exception: allegation or conviction of heinous crime
  • 5. Theory: All Publicity Is Good Publicity
    • Politics Standard:
    • Yes and No
      • Conflict is good — for voters and the media
      • Allegations of bad anything are damaging because they sow seeds of doubt
      • The higher the office, the less likely the holder will apologize for mistakes
      • A difference between politics and public relations — the role of ethics
      • Effects of cumulative damage
  • 6. Theory: All Publicity Is Good Publicity
    • Manufacturing Standard:
    • Yes and No
      • Product introduction
      • Product failure or serious side effect
      • How corporations handle disasters varies widely
  • 7. Theory: All Publicity Is Good Publicity
    • Nonprofit Standard:
    • No
      • Public good trumps all
      • Higher-education presidents are perceived as most credible leaders in U.S.
      • Cannot afford to squander reputation
      • The more selective the institution, the more selective the media in which the institution wants to be seen
  • 8.
    • Not marketing
    • An exchange; a quid pro quo transaction
    • Narrow public – customer, consumer or client, not all publics
    • Truth telling and stretching
    • "Public relations is the management function that identifies, establishes and maintains mutually beneficial relationships between an organization and the various publics on whom its success or failure depends." – Cutlip and Center, Effective Public Relations
    Defining Public Relations
  • 9.
    • Not advertising
    • Payment
    • Complete control of message and placement
    • Truth telling and not (bait and switch, going out of business, etc.)
    • Not publicity — merely information transfer
    • Not just media relations — although that's most visible piece
    • "Public relations is the management function that identifies, establishes and maintains mutually beneficial relationships between an organization and the various publics on whom its success or failure depends." – Cutlip and Center, Effective Public Relations
    Defining Public Relations
  • 10. Defining Public Relations
    • Two key elements of the definition:
    • Large number of publics
    • Our success depends on them.
    • Therefore:
    • Reputation is everything.
    • Ethical imperative: Tell the truth, and do the right thing.
    "Public relations is the management function that identifies, establishes and maintains mutually beneficial relationships between an organization and the various publics on whom its success or failure depends." – Cutlip and Center, Effective Public Relations
  • 11. The goal of public relations is behavioral change.
    • Moving the meter
    • Quality, not quantity, of media relations
      • Coverage in desirable media about topics important to the organization
      • Avenues of media coverage and preferred mode
      • Our targets are influencers of prospective students, potential or current donors and opinion leaders
      • Prospective students are mainly indirect targets in media relations.
      • The competition
  • 12. How public relations tactics help reach prospective students
    • Media relations: teen magazines, Web sites, College search publications
    • BMC Web site messages, organization and design
    • Communicating the positioning statement
  • 13. Measuring the Effectiveness of Public Relations
    • Meaningful:
    • Qualitative and quantitative research to measure opinion before and after change
    • Message recall
    • Comparison to competitors
    • Moving the meter: influencers take action — recruit or make a gift
    • Meaningless:
    • Number of releases
    • Number of impressions: the clip book
    • Number of event attendees
  • 14. Is It All Noise? Emphatically no.
    • What Matters in Public Relations
      • Healthy relationships with all publics on whom our success depends
      • Bringing about desired opinion and behavioral change
      • Telling the truth and doing the right thing