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PR and Its Impact on Society Wikipedia an internet encyclopedia source defines Public Relations as the practice of conveying messages to the public through the media on behalf of a client with the intention of changing the publics actions by influencing their opinions Wikipediacom 2004 It can be argued that this definition offers a narrow one-sided view of the profession as the Public Relations profession deals with more than just using the media to influence how people think about a subject According to the Public Relations Society of America website Public relations help an organization and its publics adapt mutually to each other PRSAorg 2004 For businesses the public does not just consist of the community in which the business is located or operates In the public relations profession the public could consist of employees the people in and out of your community as well as current and prospective customers The public is really anyone that could have an interest in your organization and how it operates The goal of public relations is to help to develop the relationships between the organization and all of its publics While the goal may be to develop relationships the function of public relations is to promote the organizations products or services to the organizations public In this regards the correlation between marketing and public relations is demonstrated Both functions involve promoting the organization in some fashion so that people are aware of the product or service being offered by the organization Additionally both seek the same final result sales for the organization Marketing and Public relations differ in that marketing focuses on setting pricing distribution and placement strategies that will affect sales and profitability Public relations efforts focus on developing a positive image and rapport with customers Public relations set out to tell people about your business so that when marketers begin to promote your products and services people will already know about your business Catherine Hebert
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