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CHAPTER 19
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FOR STARTERS: Consumers & Investors
Why has dealing with consumers and
investors become so important for public
relations?
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Tyco Toys, Inc.
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Toy Fair Breakfast
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Media Day at Sesame Place
Theme Park
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Elmo sent to Rosie O’Donnell
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15,000 media mentions
Source of Elmo character: http://www.geocities.com/~chicky-ma-ma/elmo.htm [accessed 6/16/2000]
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Let’s Discuss
Consumer Movement History
1872 – Criminal Fraud Statute
1887 – Interstate Commerce Commission
1900s – Muckrakers
 The Jungle
 Food and Drug Act
 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
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JFK’s Consumer Bill of Rights
Right to Choose
Right to
Safety
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Right to Be Heard
Right to Be
Informed
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QUICK QUIZ
Federal Consumer Agencies
What does each of the following federal
agencies do?
Federal Trade
Commission
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Regulates television and radio advertising
Covers areas not included in national
advertising (general litigation division)
Enforces consumer credit program (fair credit
reporting, truth in packaging)
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Federal Consumer Agencies
What does each of the following federal
agencies do?
Justice
Department
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Enforces consumer protection measures such
as the Truth in Lending Act and Product
Safety Act
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Runs anti-trust division (Microsoft suit)
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QUICK QUIZ
Federal Consumer Agencies
What does each of the following federal
agencies do?
Food & Drug
Administration
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Protects consumers from hazardous items:
foods, drugs, cosmetics, therapeutic and
radiological devices, food additives, serums,
and vaccines
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QUICK QUIZ
Federal Consumer Agencies
What does each of the following federal
agencies do?
Office of
Consumer
Affairs
Consumer
Product Safety
Commission
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Publishes literature informing the public of
recent developments in consumer affairs
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Oversees product safety (seatbelts, strollers, etc.)
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QUICK QUIZ
Name some consumer watchdog
vehicles or groups.
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Consumers Union (publishes
Consumer Reports)
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The Consumer Federation of
America
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The Internet
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Business’s Consumer Relations
Division Duties
Handling Complaints
Developing Guidelines to
Evaluate Products &
Services
Developing Consumer
Programs
Developing Field-Training
Programs
Evaluating Service
Approaches
Evaluating Company
Effectiveness in Showing
Concern for Customers
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Chrysler Corporation’s
“Customer’s Bill of Rights”
Every customer has the following rights:
Quality
Long-term
Protection
Satisfaction
Service with
a Smile
Grievance
Opportunities
Safe
Vehicles
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Consumerist Objectives
Let’s Discuss
Explain how each would benefit a company:
Keeping Old
Customers
Attracting New
Customers
Marketing New
Items / Services
Reducing Costs
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Handling Complaints
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Investigate complaints
made against the firm
Provide a central
location for customers
who seek redress
Monitor difficulties
customers have with
products
Influence organizations to improve service
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DEFINE:
Timely and valuable
communications that
gain and maintain
shareholder support
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What is a company’s
CURRENCY?
Its STOCK
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PRICE
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DEFINE:
Any fact that would be
important to an
investor making an
investment decision
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Examples of Material Information:
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Proposed mergers or acquisitions
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Changed dividend policy
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Determination of earnings
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Acquisition or loss of significant business
contract
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Major management changes
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Significant change in capital investment
plans
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Examples of Material Information:
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Purchase or sale of a major asset
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Incurring a major debt or selling a
significant amount of equity annuities
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Pending significant legislation
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A major discovery or innovation
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Marketing a new product
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OVERVIEW:
Annual Reports:
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Company description
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Letter to shareholders
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Financial review
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Explanation/analysis
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Management/marketing discussions
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Graphics
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OVERVIEW:
Quarterly Reports:
Comparison of current
performance with
previous year’s quarter
performance
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Annual Meetings:
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In-person meetings
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Q&A sessions
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Speeches
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Stockholder voting
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OVERVIEW:
Conference Calls:
Follow-up quarterly
reports to answer
questions
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Media Contact
& Monitoring:
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In-person meetings
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Q&A sessions
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Speeches
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Stockholder voting
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OVERVIEW:
Internet Investor Relations:
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Homepage / Web site
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SEC documents online
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FAQs
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Links to financial data
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