The public relations industry is ever changing and misunderstood, especially in light of so-called “alternative facts” or horrific policies such as United Airlines’ poor handling of overbooking or campaigns such as Pepsi’s misappropriation of a national racial justice movement to sell a product. Both cases negatively impact each business’ bottom-line and overall consumer confidence. Many confuse PR for “Press Release” – when there is so much more to what PR practitioners do.
One of the most vital components of your company’s brand is its integrity, and because the internet fact checks at the speed of light these days, it’s prudent to take steps to ensure the information you make public is beyond reproach before releasing it. To help you safeguard that integrity, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Why should you attend your trade organization’s events? For the amazing chicken lunches, obviously. If that’s not enough, how about this? If your industry is anything like PR, it’s changing at the speed of light. Things like Facebook and Twitter were not part of our jobs only seven or eight years ago, and now we can’t work without them. I’m guessing technological advances have done the same to your industry.
As the leader of a public relations agency, I’ve seen too many content marketing strategies out there continue to reflect the culture of a 30-minute beer when the market expects a two-minute beer. We’re now more than two decades into the era defined by Apple’s legendary marketing guru, Regis McKenna, as “real-time marketing.”
Sometimes I like to imagine what goes through the mind of a reporter when they open their email at the beginning of the day—there must be an overwhelming amount of story pitch emails waiting to be opened. Meanwhile, at the other end of these emails, are PR professionals hoping to secure awesome coverage for their clients. News circulates quickly, while PR professionals and journalists work hand-in-hand to make sure the right stories are delivered to the right people. But how do you get your pitch, in the midst of hundreds of others, to really stand out?
Unfortunately, marketing and public relations (PR) expenditures often rank low on our list of priorities. I often see non-profits scale back on their investment in communications efforts in order to bring “overhead” costs down. At which point I cry crocodile tears. By failing to invest in PR, we clip our own wings and decrease our ability to reach actual change faster.