Episode 97: From Amplification to Reputation: Navigating Marketing and PR

Episode 97: From Amplification to Reputation: Navigating Marketing and PR

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The Intricate Dance Between Marketing and PR: A Deep Dive

Hello there, I’m Philippa Channer, your host for the Marketing 101 for Small Business Owners podcast. I’m thrilled to have you here, and I encourage you to subscribe so you never miss an episode packed with actionable insights. Today, we’re going to delve into the fascinating relationship between marketing and public relations (PR), two crucial elements for any business’s growth and success.

Understanding Marketing and PR

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let’s define what marketing and PR are. Marketing is the promotion and selling of products or services, encompassing research and advertising. It’s all about showcasing what you have to offer to the world. On the flip side, PR is about maintaining a positive public image for a company, organization, or individual. It’s not about promoting specific products, but about building a positive reputation for the entire company.

The Symbiotic Relationship Between Marketing and PR

Now that we have our definitions clear, let’s explore the four ways in which marketing and PR are different yet interconnected.

Creating Buzz vs. Building Trust

The first comparison is between creating buzz (marketing) and building trust (PR). Marketing is like the loudspeaker of your business, amplifying your products and services to generate interest and excitement. It’s about creating a buzz that gets people talking and interested in what you have to offer.

On the other hand, PR is the trust-builder. It focuses on establishing and maintaining a positive reputation through transparent communication and positive interactions. It’s about building trust with your audience, making them feel confident in your brand.

Short-term Impact vs. Long-term Impact

The second comparison is between the short-term impact of marketing and the long-term impact of PR. Marketing aims for immediate goals like driving sales, but it also plays a crucial role in building relationships for long-term impact. It’s about the here and now, but also about setting the stage for future success.

PR, however, is all about the long game. It aims to create a lasting positive perception of the brand within the targeted audience. It’s about planting seeds today that will grow into a forest of positive brand perception tomorrow.

Message Control and Audience Engagement

In marketing, messages are controlled by the brand, but their goal is to engage the audience through their content and special experiences for each customer. They aim to grow a relationship with the customer. 

This allows your content to grow a reputation and gain a larger audience.

Visibility and Credibility

Marketing allows you to gain more viewers when you promote your products or services. PR gives you credibility by widening your media coverage and meeting different brands.


In conclusion, while marketing and PR have different goals and strategies, they are both essential for a successful business. Balancing both is key to achieving business growth and success. So, whether you’re a small business owner or a marketing professional, understanding the symbiotic relationship between marketing and PR can give you a competitive edge.

Remember to subscribe to the Marketing 101 for Small Business Owners podcast for more insights like these. Until next time, keep marketing, keep growing!

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