More often than not, when building a new business from scratch, there are zero dollars available for marketing or PR outside of creating a sleek, legitimate website. However, many professionals do not realize how much marketing can be done on the part of the business owner at the beginning, and at no cost other than time and some effort.
Content marketing is any correspondence you create and distribute to inform, teach and engage with a business’ readers and followers. The end goal is building relationships, thereby increasing brand awareness and name recognition. It’s much more than posting funny cat videos on Facebook or randomly updating a blog; it’s a consistent, measured approach to reach a specific audience.
As a former reporter and editor at New York City newspapers and wire services, when I crossed the Rubicon and joined a PR firm as newspapers failed, I disagreed with how agency clients were prepared for interviews by media trainers.
What’s the Moral of Your Thought Leadership Story? 5 Classic Storytelling Elements for Content That ConvertsOctober 10th, 2016 by Kelda Rericha, A.wordsmith
Thought leadership content should be as enjoyable and compelling as a fairy tale. “Little Red Riding Hood” taught us not to talk to strangers. “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” taught us to tell the truth. And “Rapunzel” taught us to think outside the box. There were morals to these stories. Finding your own thought leadership story starts with the moral. What is the story that will best demonstrate your credibility, experience and divergent thinking? Tell that one.
Eventually, with a lot of work and a little luck, you’ll look down and realize that you’re flying—but what now? Once you’ve established your agency, it’s time to take a step back and think about how you can make it grow. As an influx of potential clients and employee applicants come your way, use these four tips to help ease the growing pains and ensure you continue building off of the solid foundation you’ve laid.
Relationships should be just as much a part of your brand strategy and business plan as your basic production model. These relationships form both internally and externally and require a keen emotional intelligence.
Increasing competition and a rapid shift in technology have made both the mobile app and journalism industries particularly volatile in recent years. Mobile app market saturation is at an all-time high, making it difficult for app creators to enter the industry and gain exposure. Meanwhile, the journalism industry is struggling with monetization as the advertising landscape evolves, being forced to re-evaluate the way it serves online content.
What the best PR does is amplify brand stories and messaging in ways that connect with the target audience, whether the brand defines that audience as pure consumer, professional or a hybrid. And think about what connection meant 40 years ago—if you weren’t connected via membership in a school club, a religious or professional organization, or at the very least to the households who shared your party phone line, then the extent of your connections would likely have been limited to family members, schoolmates and work colleagues.
With startups growing and, oh so often, failing fast, it is more important than ever that ingenuity and passions are partnered with PR prudence and a tight communications strategy. It all seems to boil down to two major thought pillars, under which all else falls: messaging and relationships. Understanding how to create a message and have the relationships that will make your message matter are the foundation to creating a successful communications strategy at a startup.
RFPs can be complicated and time-consuming, so it’s best to try and get them as clear and concise (yet descriptive) as possible the first time around. Here’s how to make sure you can set up your RFP for success and receive the best possible proposals.