The past decade has seen a clear trend toward attenuated press releases. Gone are the days of public relations people writing long screeds, with endless quotes and reams of data. This is partially an outgrowth of the use of email and social media as the preferred forms of communication between the public relations community and the press (which, for our purposes, includes bloggers and analysts). The explosion of technologies and information, in general, has, in turn, led to journalists’ exploding email boxes.
I have worked on both sides of the desk. I was editor-in-chief of a publication in NY and a freelance editor and journalist. Most of my life, since age 16 to be exact, I have found my passion in providing public relations services to results-oriented clients.
So, you are getting ready to hire your PR team. (We're hoping it's us, of course.) No matter what, here are some tips that will help maximize the relationship.
Retaining a PR firm with the expectation that they’ll hit the ground running without knowing and understanding your business from start to finish isn’t realistic.
Even the savviest public relations professionals who have worked in your industry for many years require mindshare to get started and not just from the CEO. They may need to hear from your executives, sales force, current clients, and even prospective customers. Successful PR requires a highly collaborative approach.
You can have it all, just not at the same time, or so it seems. Your SEO expert is amazing but your writing team doesn’t have the time to create all the needed content nor create all the content and landing pages. Your social media team has created comprehensive promotional campaigns but is falling behind on curating the objective content necessary to please your target audiences.