PR can be a critical piece to any company's strategy. But it also should not be your only strategy to succeed.
It may seem obvious, but in order to ensure you are not overwhelmed or taking on too much from a PR perspective, it is important to prioritize activities. You could easily say yes to all pitch ideas, interviews and press release suggestions. But you will most likely start irritating reporters with too many emails, start seeing a decline in press requests and spend way too much of your budget issuing press releases and media alerts without seeing much coverage.
So what can you do?
Follow a simple rule: If it doesn't meet a business objective, don't do it.
If someone later comes to the team and asks for a press release or media blitz around an announcement or win that doesn't fit into one of those earlier defined buckets, you can just say no.
Of course, there will be exceptions. But these should be just that -- exceptions and not the rule.
Making sure everyone is on the same page with these priorities early on helps avoid frustration and conflict when they are told no.
And more importantly, everyone is focused on moving the business in the right direction together.
If you engage a legal firm, more likely than not, you will not only listen to their advise, but also act on it. So why do so many companies engage a PR agency or freelancer, sometimes with a hefty retainer, only to ignore the guidance they paid for?
Sadly, this is a question that many PR professional face on a regular basis.
In order to save your company money and frustration, it is critical to be prepared before engaging with a PR agency or freelancer.
So are you ready?
Welcome to ROAMings, a compilation of thoughts and musings about the PR and media industries. This is an opportunity to discuss the “here and now” of the industry, interesting events or case studies, pivotal moments that affect how we approach PR, etc. It isn’t about brand loyalties or preferences -- and we will not be publishing self-promotional materials or talk about our clients in this setting -- but how those brands, individuals and events are leveraging (or in some cases abandoning) PR.