Some of you are taking this course to learn more about this fascinating field; many of you hope to work in advertising or some other promotional area. The changes in the industry have profound implications for the way today's student is trained and educated. You will not be working for the same kind of communication agencies that existed 5 or 10 years ago. If you work on the client side of the business, you will find that the way they approach advertising and promotion is changing dramatically.
Today's student is expected to understand all the major marketing communication functions: advertising, direct marketing, the Internet, interactive media, sales promotion, public relations, and personal selling. You will also be expected to know how to research and evaluate a company's marketing and promotional situation and how to use these various functions in developing effective communication strategies and programs. This book will help prepare you for these challenges.
As professors we were, of course, once students ourselves. In many ways we are perpetual students in that we are constantly striving to learn about and explain how advertising and promotion work. We share many of your interests and concerns and are often excited (and bored) by the same things. Having taught in the advertising and promotion area for a combined 50-plus years, we have developed an understanding of what makes a book in this field interesting to students. In writing this book, we have tried to remember how we felt about the various texts we used throughout the years and to incorporate the good things and minimize those we felt were of little use. We have tried not to overburden you with definitions, although we do call out those that are especially important to your understanding of the material.
We also remember that as students we were not really excited about theory. But to fully understand how integrated marketing communications works, it is necessary to establish some theoretical basis. The more you understand about how things are supposed to work, the easier it will be for you to understand why they do or do not turn out as planned.
Perhaps the question students ask most often is, "How do I use this in the real world?" In response, we provide numerous examples of how the various theories and concepts in the text can be used in practice. A particular strength of this text is the integration of theory with practical application. Nearly every day an example of advertising and promotion in practice is reported in the media. We have used many sources, such as Advertising Age, Adweek, Brandweek, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Sales & Marketing Management, Business 2.0, eMarketer, The Internet Advertising Report, Promo, and many others, to find practical examples that are integrated throughout the text. We have spoken with hundreds of people about the strategies and rationale behind the ads and other types of promotions we use as examples. Each chapter begins with a vignette that presents an example of an advertising or promotional campaign or other interesting insights. Every chapter also contains several IMC Perspectives that present in-depth discussions of particular issues related to the chapter material and show how companies are using integrated marketing communications. Global Perspectives are presented throughout the text in recognition of the increasing importance of international marketing and the challenges of advertising and promotion and the role they play in the marketing programs of multinational marketers. Ethical Perspectives focus attention on important social issues and show how advertisers must take ethical considerations into account when planning and implementing advertising and promotional programs. Diversity Perspectives discuss the opportunities, as well as the challenges, associated with marketers' efforts to reach culturally and ethnically diverse target markets. There are also a number of Career Profiles, which highlight successful individuals working in various areas of the field of advertising and promotion.
Each chapter features beautiful four-color illustrations showing examples from many of the most current and best-integrated marketing communication campaigns being used around the world. We have included more than 350 advertisements and examples of numerous other types of promotion, all of which were carefully chosen to illustrate a particular idea, theory, or practical application. Please take time to read the opening vignettes to each chapter, the IMC, Global, Ethical, and Diversity Perspectives, and the Career Profiles and study the diverse ads and illustrations. We think they will stimulate your interest and relate to your daily life as a consumer and a target of advertising and promotion.
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