Enlisting Madison Avenue : the marketing approach to earning popular support in theaters of operation / Todd C. Helmus, Christopher Paul, Russell W. Glenn
- Helmus, Todd C.
- Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp., 2007.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xxvii, 211 pages) : illustrations
- Additional Creators:
- Paul, Christopher, 1971- and Glenn, Russell W.
- www.jstor.org , Open Access
- Language Note:
- Restrictions on Access:
- Open Access Unrestricted online access
- What makes shaping so difficult? -- Applying marketing principles to shaping -- Shaping solutions based on recent operational experiences -- Summary of conclusions and recommendations.
- Virtually every action, message, and decision of a military force shapes the opinions of an indigenous population: strategic communication, treatment of civilians at vehicle checkpoints, and the accuracy or inaccuracy of aerial bombardment. These of U.S. goodwill mean little if its actions convey otherwise. Consequently, a unified message in both word and deed is fundamental to success. Business marketing practices provide a useful framework for improving U.S. military efforts to shape the attitudes and behaviors of local populations in a theater of operations as well as those of a broader, international audience. Enlisting Madison Avenue extracts lessons from these business practices and adapts them to U.S. military efforts, developing a unique approach to shaping that has the potential improve military-civilian relations, the accuracy of media coverage of operations, communication of U.S. and coalition objectives, and the reputation of U.S. forces in theater and internationally. Foremost among these lessons are the concepts of branding, customer satisfaction, and segmentation of the target audience, all of which serve to maximize the impact and improve the outcome of U.S. shaping efforts.
- 9780833042750 (electronic bk.)
0833042750 (electronic bk.)
9780833041562 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0833041568 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
- "Prepared for the United States Joint Forces Command."
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-211).
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