Why do you use PR?
· Public relations is the art of engaging stakeholders through the media and influencing opinion. This makes it an essential part of the marketing mix for any trade body.
· In today’s socially connected world, public relations is more important than ever before. A single well placed tweet can be worth more than an entire advertising budget.
· Public relations is usually our most cost-effective form of marketing.
What would your advice be to anyone looking to introduce PR into their business?
· It’s usually a good move – especially if you’re anticipating important activity (such as product launch or business growth) or facing a potentially controversial or sensitive issue.
· Choose your PR partner carefully – they need to understand your sector and have a proven track record.
· Share your business and communications strategies so they understand the bigger picture – and communicate with them all the time!
How do you measure ROI?
· ROI is certainly important but there are more ways to measure it than just a pound for pound immediate return.
· PR is about building your brand identity, keeping your competition out of the spotlight and cultivating useful relationships for your company.
· This might seem more intangible than a set of numbers to be crunched, but it can be essential for your company’s success.
· Having said that, set clear and measurable objectives for your PR partner and monitor progress regularly.