Authors, publishers and books have long been the PR clients in the book publicity business. And as the industry has changed, so has the media covering it along with the PR people promoting the books. In recent years, the book industry has changed with the rise of e-books, Kindle, Amazon.com, pressure on big publishers, and more self-published authors. Despite the changes, thousands of new books come out each year, so competition for readers and media coverage is tougher than ever.
At its initial launch, Snapchat touted the disappearance of uploaded user content as a core feature of the service. Yet this format was never really conducive to brands and advertisers that wanted to reach these audiences, but rarely had on-the-spot imagery to share. Snapchat’s recently launched Memories feature changes that scenario drastically.
What more could any brand ask for than to achieve a high level of trust, while also effecting real, tangible change? Cause marketing may seem like a no-brainer, but it requires a lot of brain, as things can go very wrong if a campaign is ill-conceived or badly executed. Here is a time-tested approach for achieving maximum impact from a campaign with minimum blowback.
For many the idea of living abroad is appealing. There’s the challenge of the unknown and anticipation of exciting experiences. Those in the communications profession are often fortunate to work on global campaigns from their home countries. However, crafting culturally sensitive messaging and working with foreign colleagues from home, while helpful, isn’t the same as living abroad.
Let’s face it: Journalists can get along without you. You can’t get along without them. Show respect by getting names correct, knowing the reporter’s beat and being familiar with the publication, not pestering editors about when a story will come out, not complaining about the coverage you get, and following these other tips.
Clients have more media channels than ever, with new ones being added every year. All of these channels represent potential opportunities, but this also means a lot of content creation is needed. Your clients expect access to the latest technologies, to be kept up to date on popular trends and offered efficient solutions for maximizing each dollar spent on all channels.
Crowdfunding platforms like Indiegogo and Kickstarter burst onto the scene in the late 2000’s, providing startup companies with an innovative and unique way to generate buzz around new products. Recently, media have tired of the crowdfunding angle and often will not cover campaigns at all. While crowdfunding can still be successful, entrepreneurs must be prepared with a strategic plan for setting and reaching their goals.
If you don’t have your head in the cloud yet, it’s time to start. You won’t need any advanced tech skills; in fact, you’ve probably already used cloud-based tools like Docusign, SurveyMonkey or Google Drive for basic administrative needs. Most other cloud tools are just as intuitive and user-friendly, and some can help you take PR performance to another level.
There are several brands that have stood apart from the pack and created a cult-like following: millennial consumers who are rabid for new products, a brand experience to call their own and the status or lifestyle that the brand commands. These brands all have one thing in common: an outstanding social media presence that conveys to consumers an attractive brand lifestyle.
If you’ve been in the PR business for a while, you no doubt have come across a PR request for proposals. An RFP can be an opportunity for your business or it can be a frustrating waste of time. Before you decide if you want to submit a response, you need to think it through and ask a bunch of questions.