Now that our class has been blogging about various aspects of IMC and social media for several weeks, we would like to take a step back and tell you a little bit about who we are and why we are here. Our class, like we’ve mentioned before, is Advanced Integrated Marketing Communications at UNCW. The idea of IMC is to integrate all marketing, public relations, advertising, promotional, community relations, event planning and more within an organization. The purpose of combining the different aspects of an organization’s efforts is to formulate a single strategic message that is delivered to each public, specifically focusing on the customer.
Our class has also spent a considerable amount of time discussing the concept of social capital. As explained in Robert Putnam’s book Bowling Alone, social capital is a good produced by communities that are socially and civically engaged. It is a good that he argues has been declining in recent years, blaming a variety of distractions that keep people from truly engaging each other. Putnam believes, “The touchstone of social capital is the principle of generalized reciprocity.” Basically, social capital depends on the level of trust among members of a community and the number of good deeds done without the expectation of anything in return, except the basic understanding that it will come back to them.
So, how does this blog relate to IMC and social capital? The purpose of this blog is to discuss the different aspects of IMC that we see every day through advertising, social media, promotions and more. The blog is run by a class of 15 juniors and seniors with certain guidelines set forth by our amazing professor, Dr. Jeanne Persuit. We have to communicate daily to meet these guidelines, and we have to trust each other to follow through and not let the others down.
There you have it – a blog that is both furthering the study and exploration of IMC while also fostering social capital.