Can PR agencies replace ad agencies? No.


Branded Nonsense

The marketing space is unsettled these days, and it’s no wonder why. The boundaries between traditionally separate entities are functionally indistinguishable as far as consumers are concerned. The average consumer doesn’t care where a piece of content comes from so long as it’s interesting.

This helps explain the rationale behind why so many traditional PR agencies are increasingly offering advertising-type services; one key way to capture the attention of your audience is to create something relevant, rather than having to wait for a client to do something interesting enough to warrant attention. Why wait for an opportunity when you can create one?

The rationale is sound enough, but this inevitably leads to PR agencies competing in the same space as advertisers—a group that has been in the business of content development from the very beginning. Can PR agencies replace ad agencies?

No, they cannot.

Why PR agencies shouldn’t play in advertising

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