Discussion Question Week 6

How would you explain to your parents what public relations is?  Provide an example to help them understand.

By Austin Merritt

Public relations is an organization or a person that relates the information to the public in order to influence them in ideas, about products, causes or political reasons. They may also dismiss rumors and negative ideas about the company. I found out that public relations may involve you speaking at conferences or to a large mass. If you were part of the public relations of a company, you are their spokesman. You are the person they see on the news, the person that represents the company. Your voice represents the company’s voice. I had to do a little research about public relations and their importance to complete this blog but I found out public relations mend or build the relationship between companies and the public. As the public contacts a company or business, they contact the public relations who then relays the information to the company. It is like they are a messenger, or an in-between man. An example of public relations could be found in the General Mills Company. Recently, General Mills said they were against a gay marriage ban. I found an article on it posted here. I use this example to show us how public relations may be seen in action. General Mills was demonstrating their views and showing support for their cause to the public through the public relations. Another great example could be Chick-fil-a. In this case the founder spoke out about his views on same-sex marriage, but I am sure the public relations for the company had a lot on their desks afterwards. Often public relations may represent or display a view or idea they promote and try to get the public to support it. Name recognition is huge! If I respect a company and see that they believe or support a cause, I may be influenced. Public relations just relays information as a spokesman for a company.

Discussion Question Week 6

How would you explain to your parents what public relations is?  Provide an example to help them understand.

Public relations is the practice of managing the flow of information between an individual or and organization and the public. Personally I think my parents would know this already but for the sake of the assignment i will comply. I would inform my parents with the fact that public relations may include an organization or individual to gain exposure to their audience using topics of public interest and news items that don not need direct payment. Now i would include and example such as the of the aim of public relations by a company often looked to by the public, partners, investors, partners, employees  and other stakeholders to maintain a certain point of view about it, example would be it’s leadership, product or its political decisions as well. Such things as public speaking  the winning of awards, working for the paper and communication with employees can be seen as activities of public relations. It is kind of like the Ronald McDonald House in which they bring a home to civilians that do not have one and in return they make a name for themselves.

Discussion Question #6

How would you explain to your parents what public relations is?  Provide an example to help them understand.

By: Marina

Public relations is the organization that helps to further our mutual understanding of groups and institutions.   It helps different organizations develop effective relationships with employees, customers, communities, shareholders, other organizations, society and other various audiences.   Public relations acts as a counselor to the private organization’s policies and public’s idea.  One example of this is in 2010 when Toyota was having a series of recalls due to several of its models having sudden and involuntary acceleration.  When this problem happened public relations came in to help emphasis the aggressive and persistent campaign to identify and eliminate the problem.  With public relations help, Toyota was able to save the brand and thousands of jobs.

Discussion Question Week 6

How would you explain to your parents what public relations is?  Provide an example to help them understand.

Public Relations can be a difficult thing to explain. So to explain it to my parents I would make sure I had their full attention.  To describe the concept of public relations I would first explain that it is in fact hard to explain! But honestly this is true because so much of what public relations people do is behind the scenes. They write speeches, but don’t actually deliver them. They pitch stories but journalists write them. Overall I would tell my parents to remember that PR helps create the image of the company. They help the company communicate with people, companies, employers and legislatures.  For example I would say that anytime you see a news story and see people being interviewed, generally it is a PR person who lines up the interview. In my opinion if you don’t know that public relations exist then they’re doing their job well.

Discussion Question Week 6

How would you explain to your parents what public relations is? Provide an example to help them understand.

By Jimmy Lavorato

Explaining anything to my parents is a task that one should not take lightly. It requires thorough explanation and plenty of real world examples. So in starting my journey of enlightening my folks, i’ll begin with what I think public relations is all about. Public relations to me is the efforts of an individual or a group to raise awareness or to persuade the public into thinking about certain ideas or beliefs about a company. There are many different strategies to be used especially involving the media, such as press releases and social networking. The goal is to get the public involved and interested in your product or business. Now that information can be spread so rapidly, the internet becomes key in spreading information to millions of people. Hosting online campaigns is widely used including the use of keywords that relate to the company. If someone is interested in the topic of the company, they can search google and up will pop the information of the company. This helps the company get publicity and find the supporters they want and need. The relationship between the public and an organization is connected by public relations. So imagine that public relations is the friend that sets you up with a date, and no you don’t have to get married, but at least you met.