Social marketing, unlike commercial marketing, is intended to impact social change. It does not benefit the company or the program; rather, it is intended to benefit the community and the public at large. For example, you can listen to radio spots used to advertise HIV testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Also, the CDC has teamed with the National Cancer Institute to provide tools and guidelines for ad campaigns to promote health in their extensive social marketing information page. These are just two examples, but there are many more.
The terms social media and social marketing are frequently confused. You may see health programs mentioned on posters, billboards, or brochures. Recently, health programs have also been marketed using the latest technologies, such as the CDCs social media page. As a public health professional, would you know which type(s) of marketing would be appropriate for various public health programs?
For this weeks Discussion, review the Learning Resources to differentiate between social marketing and social media. Consider how you might use both of these in your public health program (SPP).
Divide your posting by using these headings (you must use these headings):
1. Explanation of the similarities between social marketing and social media
2. Explanation of the differences between social marketing and social media
3. Example of social marketing
4. Example of social media
5. Explanation of one potential strength to using social media tools to disseminate information about public health programs
6. Explanation of one potential limitation to using social media tools to disseminate information about public health programs
7. Explanation of how you might use social marketing in your public health program (SPP)
Word limit: 700-800 words.
Please stay within the word limit. The headings and the main text are included in the word limit. The references are not included in the word limit.
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