There are many different ways to augment actual advertising and marketing techniques. That means such efforts by any company don’t directly sell a product or service, but promote it nevertheless. Either the publicity materials carry a line saying that …’this programme is brought to you by the makers of…’ followed by the product name. Or it will say: ‘this event is sponsored by THE TASTE OF INDIA…’ followed by the product or brand name. But beyond that these events or programmes do not normally highlight the salient features of the product. These are thus known as integrated methods of advertising as they support the main campaign, they include events, exhibitions, publicity, awareness programmes, public relations etc. We will look at some of them in detail.
Kinds of Events
• One time-many days: Such events normally happen only once in many years like SAARC, Commonwealth Games or Olympic meets, which only happen once in a country but may go on for many days and often at different venues. or only once, like a Centenary Celebration or a grand wedding. Which happens only once in a lifetime but is likely to spread over many days, sometimes even months involving a variety of functions and diverse audiences (like celebrating a centenary year).
• Ongoing: These are typically routine functions of an organisation, like training programmes at various Institutes, festivals at various departmental stores and hotels, exhibitions and trade fairs, conducted tours for sight seeing on luxury liners etc. But on one side it is part of their normal business, the audience changes ever-so-often, and the organisers have to be at their best every single day, to offer something innovative all the time.
• Once only: These are absolutely the opposite of the above. These are rare like a visit by the President of India or an equally big dignitary. For this certain security measures and protocol is demanded, guidelines for which are provided and have to be fulfilled.
• International: These are very high profile and involve ministries and multinational dignitaries, like world conferences. They usually include cultural programs, social evenings with business sessions. For such events meticulous planning is required.
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