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Publicity is the deliberate attempt to manage the public's perception of a subject. The subjects of publicity include people (for example, politicians and performing artists), products, goods and services, organizations of all kinds, and works of art and entertainment.

From a marketing perspective, publicity is one component of promotion. The other elements of the promotional skill set are advertising, sales promotion, and personal selling. Promotion is one component of marketing.

But the publicist cannot wait around for the news to present opportunities. They must also try to create their own news. Examples of this include:

  • Art exhibitions
  • Event sponsorship
  • Arrange a speech or talk
  • Make an analysis or prediction
  • Conduct a poll or survey
  • Issue a report
  • Take a stand on a controversial subject
  • Arrange for a testimonial
  • Announce an appointment
  • Invent then present an award
  • Stage a debate
  • Organize a tour of your business or projects
  • issue a commendation

The advantages of publicity are low cost, and credibility (particularly if the publicity is aired in between news stories like on evening TV news casts). New technologies such as web logs, web cameras, web affiliates, and convergence (phone-camera posting of pictures and videos to web sites) are changing the cost-structure. The disadvantages are lack of control over how your releases will be used, and frustration over the low percentage of releases that are taken up by the media.

Publicity draws on several key themes including birth, love, and death. These are of particular interest because they are themes in human lives which feature heavily throughout life. In television serials several couples have emerged during crucial ratings and important publicity times, as a way to make constant headlines. Also known as a publicity stunt, the pairings may or may not be according to the fact*.

*Wikipedia