Earned and owned media no longer work in a vacuum. Sure, we’re PR pros who can get product placement in the right media and demonstrate our social media mastery to spark attention about our message. But, in reality, our network can only extend so far.
The real world, and perhaps a touch of maturity, eventually teaches all of us that making it offers more substance and less stuff. The same is true for us PR folk.
Breaking into a new category is not always easy in the world of communications. So much of what we do is predicated on our category expertise, and so often we rely on that experience to inform our creative thinking for current and future clients.
Content marketing is now a $44 billion industry. And with businesses planning to increase their budgets toward search engine optimization (SEO) by up to 44% this year, PR professionals must be savvy in digital communications tactics in order to remain in the game.
Social media is not only here to stay, it’s set to evolve at a rapid pace as brands begin deciphering the best ways to use it. Nonetheless, hype can drown out utility as marketing managers and agency partners forget that social platforms are merely a tool just like any other channel.
If you were to Google “social media and public relations strategy,” millions of articles, blog posts, videos and other resources would pop up on this popular subject. Journalists, new influencers and well-known authors continue to write on this topic.
Good client relations are just as important as good results (often more so) in your quest to climb the agency ladder.
When we practice good pitching techniques and follow up in a convenient fashion, we’re regarded in the newsrooms we serve as the blaring siren of an emergency vehicle. Bad pitching and inconvenient follow-up comes across as the continual alarm of a minivan. I
When I started my public relations agency 15 years ago, I knew it wasn’t going to be successful overnight. For those considering opening their own agency I offer the following advice.