television ads which encourage young people to request more information and help generate leads for Army recruiters. Publicity for the U.S. Army is generated through press releases and public relation activities as well as in movies and television shows. At the local level the Army sponsors athletic events and participates in activities such as career fairs to reach its target audience as well as other groups or individuals who can influence its brand image. Recruiters work in local recruitment offices and are available to meet individually with potential recruits to answer questions and provide information about the Army. Recruitment efforts for the U.S. Army also include promotional incentives such as cash enlistment bonuses and educational benefits.
The U.S. Army and thousands of other companies and organizations recognize that the way they must communicate with consumers and promote their products and services is changing rapidly. The fragmentation of mass markets, the explosion of new technologies that are giving consumers greater control over the communications process, the rapid growth of the Internet and electronic commerce, the emergence of global markets, and economic uncertainties are all changing the way companies approach marketing as well as advertising and promotion. Developing marketing communications programs that are responsive to these changes is critical to the success of every organization. However, advertising and other forms of promotion will continue to play an important role in the integrated marketing programs of most companies.
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