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									Chapter 17
Corporations

Decision making factors
Political  Technological  Social  Economic
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Today’s Modern Corporation
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The Role of Public Relations
– The eyes and ears of an organization – A link between the chief executive and the marketplace – Reputation management

Media Relations
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The media may be the most effective way for an organization to:
– Get a message across – Achieve business goals

Customer Relations
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Customer Service is the front line of public relations.
– Reach diverse audience – Reach all consumers, especially…

Consumer Activism
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DO
– Work with those interested in solutions – Offer transparency – Turn suggestions into action

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DON’T
– Get emotional – Work with those who make threats – Expect immediate results

Consumer Actions
Boycott – A refusal to buy the products and services of an offending company  Public Anger - groundswell
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Employee Relations
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Employees are a primary public of corporations
– Organizational ambassadors

Media effects perception  Key Topics
– Health and social issues – Layoffs and outsourcing – Diversity in workforce
 Culture and faiths  Embracing diversity

Investor Relations
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Investor relations staff primarily communicate with institutional investors, individual investors, stockbrokers, and financial analysts.

Marketing Communications
Product publicity  Cause-related marketing  Corporate sponsorships
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Polling  Public relations tours
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– Sporting events – Sponsoring art and music

Environmental Relations
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Examples
– – – – – The Royal Dutch/Shell Group Unilever Volvo Corporation LM Ericsson Merck

Corporate Philanthropy and Social Responsibility
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Benefits
– – – – – – – Strengthened reputation Increased media opportunities Improved community and government relations Employee recruitment and retention Enhanced marketing Research and development Increased profits


								
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