Public Relation

Public Relations is the deliberate, planned and sustained effort aimed at establishing and maintaining goodwill and mutual understanding between an organization and its public... Read more >> 

Idea 

A mental impression or concept • Intention or purpose • Archetype or pattern • Ambition or aspiration... Read more >>

Strategy

Strategy is a long or short term Plan in which each componet or segment dovetails into one another sequentially along timelines and harnessed towards the realization...  Read more >> 
DEFINITION OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

The NIPR adopted the definition of the Institute of Public Relations UK now Chartered Institute of Public Relations UK in 1978 and its  defined thus: "Public Relations is the deliberate, planned and sustained effort aimed at establishing and maintaining goodwill and mutual understanding between an organization and its publics"

The Mexican Statement

The World Assembly of Public Relations Associations gave its own definition of Public Relations
in Mexico in August 1978.

It said, "Public Relations is the Art and Social Science of analyzing trends, predicting their consequences, counseling organization's leaders and implementing planned programs of action that will serve both the organization and the public interests. 
 
A distinctive management function which helps establish and maintain mutual lines of communication; understanding, acceptance and co-operation between an organization and its publics; involves the management of problems or issues; helps management to keep informed responsive to public opinion; defines and emphasizes the responsibility of management to keep abreast of and effectively utilize change, serving as an early warning system to help anticipate trends; and uses research and sound and ethical communication techniques as its principal tools - Dr. Rex F. Harlon  1976
 
Public Relations is a combination of philosophy, sociology, economics, language, psychology, journalism, communication and other knowledge into a system of human understanding - Herbert M. Baus 
 
Persuasive communications to ensure that an organization gets the reputation it deserves, and guiding its behavior to help it deserve a good reputation - Warren Newman
 
Public Relations is the attempt by information, persuasion and adjustment to engineer public support for a cause or institution - Edward Bernays
 
IDEA
A mental impression or concept . Intention or purpose . Archetype or pattern . Ambition or aspiration            
Source - Oxford Dictionary of Current English 
 
 
STRATEGY
Strategy is a long or short term Plan in which each component or segment dovetails into one another sequentially along timelines and harnessed towards the realization or achievement  of a Corporate goal or objective - Lumi Igun
 
Long term plan or policy . Art of war
Source - Oxford Dictionary of Current English.
 
The most important concept in the theory of games is the notion of a strategy. The formal definition is simple: A STRATEGY is a complex contingent plan for a player in the game.
The "complete contingent" part of this definition is what makes it powerful and, to some people, a bit confusing. By complete contingent plan I mean a full specification of a player's behavior, which describes the actions that the player would take at each of his possible decision points. Because information sets represent place in the game at which players make decisions, a player's strategy describes what he will do at each of his information sets.  Excerpts taken from STRATEGY-An Introduction to Game Theory- Joel Watson
 
BRAND/BRANDING
 
BRAND
A Brand, in essence, is a promise about who you are and what benefits you deliver that gets reinforced every single time people come in contact with any facet of you or your business
 
BRANDING isn't a veneer that you slap on (usually in the form of a new logo) to mask or transform a product offering.Treating branding like some skin-deep solution to your business's problems is like putting lipstick on a pig. People see through the makeup, no matter how thick the application. Branding has to go all the way to the core of who you are and what you stand for.
 
The big question  -'' So what is branding anyway? '' In a sentence, branding is the process of building a positive collection of perceptions in your customers' minds.
 
When people encounter your business's name, they automatically conjure up impressions and memories that determine what they believe about you.Their notions may be as a result of communications you've had with customers, or they may be the result of good or bad publicity or word-of-mouth. Your customers may have a deep well of perceptions about you, or your slate may be nearly clear of any impressions whatsoever.
 
Regardless of whether the beliefs a customer holds about you are many or few,good or bad,or accurate or inaccurate,they comprise the image of your brand in your customers's mind - and they influence how your customer thinks and buys.
 
Your brand image lives in your customers' minds whether you intentionally put it there or not. Branding is the route to making sure that the brand image you have is the brand image you want
 
TRANSLATING BRANDING LINGO
Branding terminology is a language unto itself.To get a feel for the complex ties,just type 'branding terms' into your favorite internet search engine. We did that recently and got a whooping 12million results ! Assuming that you'd rather focus on key phrases instead of the full foreign language of branding. Check out this need-to-know list of terms:
 
BRAND: A promise about who you are and what benefits you deliver that gets reinforced every time people come in contact with any facet of you or your business
 
BRAND IDENTITY: The marks that visually present your brand,usually in the form of a logo, symbol, or a unique type style
 
BRAND IMAGE: The set of beliefs about what your brand is and what it stands for that exists in the customers's mind as a result of associations with you and your name
 
BRANDING: The process of building a positive collection of perceptions in your customer's mind
 
BRAND POSITION: How your brand fits in with and relates to various other brands within your competitive market
 
BRAND MANAGEMENT: Controlling the presentation of your brand identity and brand message across your entire organization and through all media and communication outlets
 
BRAND EQUITY: The value of your brand as an asset,based on its qualities, reputation,and recognition as well as the commitment and demand it generates.A valuable brand results in customer relationships that secure future earnings by developing brand passion and loyalty.
 
Don't get overwhelmed when you hear people talk about brand message, brand promise, brand mission,brand strategy, brand extension, brand revitalization, re-branding, and a mind-boggling array of other brand terms. Armed with an understanding of the terms in this section, you can navigate branding conversations just fine.
 
The minute a marketer gets customers to believe 'our product is different and better and here's why', the marketer turns a commodity into a brand- and a better chance for sales success.Commodities are products that customers can't differentiate from one another because they all seem  to serve the same need,solve the same problem,and deliver the same value.
 
Want proof? Consider salt. Good old salt was epitome of a commodity until 1914, when Morton promised that its product would run freely even in damp weather. With the slogan 'When it rains,it pours'', Morton launched a brand and a branding success story that spices up university marketing course lectures to this day.
 
For more proof that you can brand and  differentiate nearly any product,look at the following examples of consumer brands that have distinguished themselves as leading choices in their product categories.
 
COMMODITY 
CONSUMER BRAND 
Soft drinks Coca-Cola
Water  Eva
Sneakers  Nike
Computers  Apple
Razor blades Gillette
Cake mixes  Betty Crocker
Suitcases Louis Vuitton
Automobiles Mercedes-Benz
 
Always brand your product if you want it to be noticed, differentiated, and viewed as more than a commodity.
 
*All materials and definitions by Bill Chiaravalle and Barbara Findlay Schenck
 
THE HUMAN ATTRIBUTES OF A BRAND
Here is another look at the brand with a definition that highlights its human attributes.
A brand is a collection of visual,rational,emotional and cultural association with a product or service. VISUAL refers to the Logo,a symbol used to identify a company.It communicates the brand.There is a close bond between the organization and the logo.RATIONAL has to do with what the product is or what it does - is it a fashionable footwear? EMOTIONAL refers to how it makes you feel(successful or fashionable maybe?).CULTURAL in turn refers to usage context- aspiration.A brand is a company's asset and its equity needs to be maintained and protected.
Excerpts taken from Enterprise IG, SA ,brochure.
 
LEADERSHIP: Leadership essence is influencing to achieve result. Creating results in today's ever changing and increasingly competitive world requires a very different kind of leadership.It requires a transformational leader to motivate followers to perform willingly beyond expectation.
 
A LEADER is one who has the capacity to influence, inspire, motivate, mobilize others to pursue a common goal while maintaining commitment, confidence and courage.
 
EFFECTIVE LEADER - A Leader who can lead by building commitment,empowering and elevating followers to the greatest degree possible so that they are motivated to do more than they originally would,and by eliciting a greater degree of respect and trust for the Leader.
 
 
MANAGEMENT is the process of combining resources available to an organization to achieve predetermined goals.
 
The Art of getting things done through others
Mary Parker Follet (1868 - 1933) defined Management  as "The Art of getting things done through people"
 
Management comprises Planning, Organizing, Staffing, Motivating, Directing, Budgeting and Controlling - an organization for the purpose of accomplishing a goal.
 
In today's service-based knowledge economy,many companies are beginning to shift away from the traditional models of management,originally developed for productive systems.They are now requiring a broader range of managerial skills and styles that are adequate to diversity and to the dramatic,often discontinuous changes in the work environments- References and excerpts taken from Managing for Excellence in the Financial Institutions by Professor Prince Mike Ikupolati