How About MANAGING Your Own PR?
It's one thing for a senior manager to approve story angles for the publicity folks to use in shopping around for print and broadcast placements. Not an especially large amount of managing needed there.
Are You PR-Challenged?
You won't be if you accept a very simple premise. Here, in just two sentences, is your pathway to effective public relations.
Dont Need No Stinking PR?
Almost assuredly you do, especially when your most important external and internal audiences behave in ways that stop you from achieving your organizational objectives.With that attitude, you could have a long wait before you see community leaders strengthening their bonds with you; customers making repeat purchases; unions bargaining more frequently in good faith; prospects becoming customers; employees beginning to value their jobs; political leaders and legislators starting to think of you as a key player in the business community, and suppliers working hard to expand your relationship.
Dont Put Up With Junk PR
In public relations, "junk" is more about attitude and lack of understanding than a measure of quality.Hopefully, if your public relations mission is yet to be accomplished, you agree that its primary thrust MUST be to take advantage of the fact that people act on their own perception of the facts before them leading to predictable behaviors.
Public Relations Mixup?
When you pay good money for public relations services, you have a right to expect its primary focus to be on your most important outside audiences, those people whose behaviors have the greatest impact on your operation.Often, however, that primary focus is limited to a communi- cations tactics debate about the relative merits of brochures versus press releases versus newsletters instead of planning how to achieve those key audience behaviors that directly support your business objectives and make the difference between success and failure.
Get PR Off the Bench
Something that results in your most important outside audiences doing what you need them to do should not be warming the bench.But that's exactly what's happening at organizations that allow their public relations people to play games with tactics like newsletters, press releases and brochures instead of aggressively pursuing the major benefits PR can provide.
Why PR Packs a Punch
Done right, it delivers the key, target audience behaviors you know you must have to achieve your organizational objectives.I refer to perceptions of your organization, and resulting behaviors such as:customers making repeat purchases;prospects starting to do business with you;employees really valuing their jobs;suppliers doing all possible to expand your relationship;community leaders strengthening bonds with you;businesses seeking beneficial joint ventures;unions bargaining more frequently in good faith;and legislators and political leaders viewing you as an important member of the business community.
I Cant Afford A PR/Publicity Campaign -- Can I?
It's a phrase I hear over and over again from many entrepreneurs, small businesses owners and inventors: "I'd love to hire someone to launch our publicity campaign professionally, but we can't afford it, so I'm just going to have to do it on my own."Over the past several months, I have been conducting an informal survey among entrepreneurs and business owners who have contacted me about my services.
Public Relations: Why it Works
The short answer is, it works best when its fundamental premise is the guide, which insures that the primary focus of your public relations program is the behaviors of your most important outside audiences. Not less urgent matters like personalities, communi- cations tactics or administrative concerns.
Where is the Best PR Value?
Wherever the fundamental premise of public relations is practiced.Look at what it suggests.
PR: Ouch! Tells the Tale
Ever get the feeling that your public relations program isn't doing much about the behaviors of your important outside audiences? Those audiences whose actions have the greatest impacts on your business?Chances are your PR effort is focused primarily on communi- cations tactics and not on the process needed to really move those key audience perceptions, and thus behaviors in your direction.Which means you've missed out on the sweet spot of public relations.
Can Small PR Firms Deliver Huge Results?
They can when they invest in the basics. The best of them obviously rely on some form of public relations fundamental premise to produce winners across business environments from rockets and orange juice to product recalls and indicted CEOs.
How Would You Ever Know?
Your important outside audiences behave in ways that stop you from reaching your objectives.Because you haven't paid much attention to their care and feeding, is it likely you'll know they are placing a hammer lock on your business in time to limit the damage?With some luck, you might save the day, but why let matters fester until you have a bad situation like this on your hands?Especially when a proven sequence can help you alter the perceptions, and thus behaviors of your most important external audiences making the achievement of your business objectives much easier.
Its Just Common Sense!
When a group of outsiders behaves in a way that hurts your business, you usually do something about it. Yet, many business people are amazingly casual about their own external audiences.
A Simple Formula for Success
Leaders in the business world need public relations big time, and they show it every day.How? By staying in touch with their most important external audiences and by carefully monitoring their perceptions about the company, audience member feelings about hot topics at issue, and the behaviors that inevitably follow.
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Who Else Wants To Get Publicity Whenever You Want It?Publicity is when newspapers, radio shows, television shows, magazines, internet radio or pod casts want to feature you. Advertising is something you pay for.
What is News?
What may be the more appropriate question is: What makes a story newsworthy enough to get picked up by the media? Here are a few rules of thumb to determine if you have a news angle worthy of press coverage.First, is the subject relevant to anyone outside of your organization? For example,
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HELP: I Need a Press Kit!
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A Powerful PR Strategy
It really is powerful when a business, non-profit or
association manager uses public relations to alter the
individual perception of members of its key outside
audiences, thus beginning the process of changing their
behaviors.And truly powerful when s/he actually persuades many
of those key outside folks to the manager's way of
thinking, helping to move them to take actions that allow
the manager's department, division or subsidiary
Getting Traffic Through Publicity
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E-Mail Media Releases
E-mail is becoming the preferred way to receive media releases. Although it can sometimes be harder to get valid e-mail addresses for media contacts, e-mail releases are more likely to be read than faxes and faster than snail mail.
Cultivating Positive Media Relationships
Some people think that publicity is all about paparazzi snapping photos of celebs and intruding into their private lives -- or as Woodward and Bernstein blowing the lid off of a government scandal. But, as a small business owner, publicity is actually one of your greatest allies! People who read about you in the newspaper or hear an interview with you on the radio will sit up and take notice -- much more notice than if they simply see a flier of yours posted at the Laundromat.
If Your PR Cant Do This, Bag It!
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A Sensible Way to Use PR
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resources to do something positive about the behaviors
of those important external audiences of theirs that MOST
affect their operations.
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In the real world, however, it's not always so easy to generatereal news.
Sound Like Your Situation?
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