How Advertising Is Different From Publicity
Any promotion activity which is associated with a brand, business, service or cause comes under advertising. Considered as one of the most effective tools of marketing, advertising has the potential to enhance sales for the product/service/business. Advertising is different from publicity. Though advertising and publicity, both are assigned to promote a particular brand/business/service, the objectives of an advertising campaign are more far-reaching as compared to a publicity activity. The following points will clear some confusion about the differences between these two tools of marketing-Advertising gets the result for what it pays. It is a more expensive method of brand promotion. In any advertising activity, the advertiser/brand owner spends heavily for what he has to advertise (whether a service, business, product or cause). There are various strategies which are required to launch an advertising campaign such as media planning, selection, live campaign via a particular media vehicle or vehicles (for those campaigns which are launched through multiple channels). In publicity, media vehicle is not given much importance. Publicity is done through any affordable or ordinary medium without much planning like advertising. Publicity is used as a marketing tool to create media hype amongst the target group. Most publicity crusades do not last for a longer period of time while advertising lasts for longer period of time. In any advertising campaign, the medium of communication (television/radio/print/internet/mobile) plays a significant role to put life into the overall promotion campaign. Advertising is a paid form of providing brand communication and advertisers heavily spend on that media vehicle which seems perfect to launch the promotion campaign. However, in publicity budget is not a big constraint since publicity is done through cheap and affordable means. To publicise something means to bring into notice the attention of a specific target group or groups about a specific brand, service or business. To sum up, Advertising is a more defined tool of marketing which requires step by step strategies to follow and work out (in order to drive sales for the product/service/business) while the objective of publicity is to randomly inform target audiences about a particular cause, brand or service.