Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
250 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
July 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380766
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Informed by decades of agency experience, Bernard Gauthier prepares aspiring public relations students to think strategically as they plan and create campaigns. Strategic Communication in Canada is structured around the two major phases of developing communication strategy. In the first half of the book, readers will be taken through the main phases of conducting a situation analysis – a prerequisite to developing strategy. In part two, readers will move from raw materials to finished, polished strategy. Readers will then use a planning model to help organize knowledge and draw conclusions.

This easy-to-follow text features ten chapters packed with practical advice and study tools such as learning objectives, key terms and concepts, and critical reflection questions. Strategic Communication in Canada is an essential, to-the-point read for students studying public relations and marketing communication; business strategy; and journalism and public affairs.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Setting the Stage for Strategic Communication
Planning 1


Chapter One: Identifying the Changes You Seek 20
Chapter Two: Identifying the Key Audiences 30
Chapter Three: Assessing Your Communication Resources 46
Chapter Four: Scanning the External Environment 74


Chapter Five: From Information to Insight 110
Chapter Six: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Strategy 126
Chapter Seven: Opportunities, Threats, and Strategy 153
Chapter Eight: Presenting the Strategy 167
Chapter Nine: From Strategy to Action Plan 180
Chapter Ten: Evaluating Strategic Communication Campaigns 193

Epilogue: Reflecting on Ethics and Strategic Communication 210

Appendix A: Glossary 212

Appendix B: Case Study 225

Appendix C: Tactic Table Template 240

Index 241

Bernard Gauthier

Bernard Gauthier is a Professor and Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Public Relations program at Conestoga College, Doon Campus.


“Using a gardening analogy, this textbook provides a clear and practical process for public relations using proven tools to build strategic communications plans and choose tactics with respect for audiences that maximize success.”

“Strategy, public relations, and communications management lie at the core of Bernard Gauthier’s new book about how organizations can use a strategic framework to build lasting, audience-centric campaigns and programs. Gauthier succinctly draws the critical connection between the role of strategic management and public relations/communications management goals and objectives… This is a must-read for both professionals and those entering the practice.”

Instructor Resources

The Instructor's Manual for Strategic Communication in Canada includes:

  • Instructor's manual
  • Test bank
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Case studies

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Student Resources

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