In this chapter, we discuss the importance of advertising and public relations in the promotional mix. Major decisions that need to be made in order to successfully build a strong advertising campaign include establishing objectives, creating an advertising budget, developing a strategy, executing the campaign, assessing and evaluating the program, and post-testing the advertising. The use of metrics to measure the success provide key information to marketers and include brand recognition and/or awareness, ad views, conversion rates, and return on ad spend.
The advantages and disadvantages of public relations as it impacts the promotion mix were discussed, along with related ethical issues. The tools used to carry out public relations and publicity were explained.