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How To Set Expectations In Public Relations

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Public relations is known for being versatile, occasionally glamorous, and, yes, stressful. On the agency side, it’s sometimes because the team overpromises in their eagerness to win a new client. Again, communication is key. .

How a PR agency can contribute to your communications strategy, and how to select the right agency for your business

Onclusive

A successful communications strategy is the driving force behind building trust among all of your stakeholders, enhancing your corporate reputation and establishing your company as a leader in your industry. However, not all brand and PR agency relationships are created equal.

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Beyond Publicity: What Your PR Agency Can Do

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A startup or early stage company that’s considering a public relations budget may be wondering what PR entails. While winning media coverage can yield immediate gratification, public relations represents a long-term commitment comprising many activities. The PR team or agency’s prime directive is to manage the reputation of the brand – and it does that from many angles. 8 things PR does beyond media pitching.

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Are You The Next Intern for Crenshaw Communications?

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Are you a college student or recent grad looking to gain experience in a top B2B technology PR agency? Crenshaw Communications is seeking a paid intern to join our dynamic B2B technology PR team and to assist with our pro bono work for a leading marketing association.

What’s Better, PR Agency Or Client Side Work?

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In public relations , there are many career path possibilities, but most fall into either the agency side or the client side. Many who’ve been successful after years in agency PR may nurture a curiosity about client-side work. Like everything else in life, a move from agency PR to corporate or brand communications involves trade-offs. Agency PR Has Many Advantages. Starting salaries at PR agencies can be low when compared to the corporate side.

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How To Get The Best From Your PR Agency

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Bringing on an external PR agency , or really any outside firm, is an investment of time and budget for any company, no matter its size. Naturally, things will go better for both parties if the agency team gives their all, and the client manages for the best possible outcomes. Several times during a pitch meeting, a prospective client has asked our team, “What do you need from us to succeed?” If you can cut the red tape, your agency will love you for it.

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A PR Intern’s Guide to Agency Lingo

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You’re about to be thrust into the fascinating world of public relations – where people naturally speak their own private language with various business slang and PR lingo. PR intern’s guide to agency lingo. When a journalist decides to transition to public relations, they say they’re “going over to the dark side.” Earned media – Interns need to learn this term first, since it’s among the things clients bring on agencies for.

How to Build Better Relationships with Journalists

Ishmael's Corner

The Art Of Storytelling In Business Communications And Public Relations. Techniques For Effective Business Communications. The post How to Build Better Relationships with Journalists appeared first on Ishmael's Corner ~ Storytelling Techniques For Business Communications.

Don’t Hang Up! PR Phone Pitching Isn’t Dead

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According to most people who work at PR agencies , especially tech firms, using the phone for media conversations is outdated. Hardly anyone thinks it’s useful to follow up, or worse, actually pitch a story by phone. In my experience, more than 90% of the time when I do connect with someone by phone, they end the call requesting the email pitch. Mind you, it’s the same email pitch I already sent. The email pitch they never read.

Meeting the COVID-19 agency start-ups

Stephen Waddington

Nine entrepreneurs talk about the agencies they’ve launched during the pandemic. COVID-19 is creating a wave of disruption and opportunity in the media, marketing and public relations. If you’ve started an agency during the COVID-19 crisis please get in touch. agency

How to adapt your pitches during noisy news cycles

PR Daily

When it comes to media pitching, it’s been difficult to predict how or if the media will respond. RELATED: Join us for our Social Media & Digital Communications Virtual Conference ]. The post How to adapt your pitches during noisy news cycles appeared first on PR Daily.

Public Relations and COVID-19: Studies Surface Challenges, Changes and Optimism  

Sword and the Script

Public relations has wrestled with messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic, but studies also show it has improved business collaboration and internal communications The events of 9/11 changed air travel. How will it change PR and communications?

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What Are Agency Partnerships? Why It May Be Smart as a Solo PR Pro to Work With an Agency

Solo PR Pro

My mix has always included agency partnerships, but 2020 forced me to get creative and leverage those agency partnerships to stabilize my business. What are agency partnerships? Most of the time you are positioned as an extension of the agency and clients are never the wiser.

How machine learning can perfect your pitching

PR Daily

PR agencies can use algorithms, AI and machine learning to better target journalists by predicting which ones are likely to write about specific topics based on what they’ve previously written. This basic principle reveals why every PR pro should take advantage of technology that can hone your pitches and make your media targeting more successful. Michael Burke is an account director at San Francisco-based PR firm MSR Communications.

What The PR Agency Isn’t Telling You

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Any good public relations agency should want to have an open conversation about what clients can expect for their investment. But even the best agencies don’t always spill the tea at the very first meeting. Here are some things to keep in mind for companies looking to bring on an outside PR agency for the first time. What might the agency not want you to know? But most journalists won’t accept a pitch just because they like you.

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How to Get Your Agency Hired in a #PR Expanded World

PR Expanded

Having just written “ A Client’s Guide to Hiring PR & Communications Agencies ,” we’ve turned the lens around to provide insights into getting hired in a PR Expanded world. On our journeys we’ve hired agencies, fired agencies, been hired by companies as communications agencies and consultants, and been rejected. If you aren’t confident that a fair playing field has been created for all competing agencies, you probably don’t want to pitch.

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PR Tips For Reactive Media Pitches

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PR teams can take advantage of sudden extra relevance by immediately pitching a client as a news source to media hungry for pertinent expertise. Here are the PR fundamentals for reactive media pitches. PR tips for reactive media pitches. Once you spot the opportunity to showcase your client’s expertise, it’s time to pull together a smart media pitch – on the double. The post PR Tips For Reactive Media Pitches appeared first on Crenshaw Communications.

How to pitch health writers during a pandemic

PR Daily

You can still pitch non-COVID stories, but the current crisis has deeply disrupted how health care reporters are approaching their work. Their jobs are crucial for keeping the public safe and informed about what’s happening in the world today. Pitch non-COVID related news.

5 selfish pitching behaviors PR pros should banish

PR Daily

Too often, these pitches miss a crucial element to land success (and headlines): What’s in it for the reporter—and his or her readers. Missing this can mean your pitch might be deleted almost as soon as you send it, and it often translates to lackluster media relations effectiveness. Here are five examples of selfish pitching behaviors—and how to avoid them: 1. Instead, pitch those stories directly and succinctly, letting the reporter decide if it’s compelling and relevant.

How to Improve PR Pitches to Hispanic Media Outlets

Glean.info Blog

Aided by those demographic trends, media outlets serving Hispanics have become a powerful channel for public relations. Email is not the dominant communications platform as it is for mainstream journalists. Create strategies that are hyperlocal, advises the Balcom Agency.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Choosing A PR Agency

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Deciding it’s time to invest in PR is one thing, but selecting the right agency is another. What’s more, the people who are skilled at internal communications aren’t always prepared to conduct an agency search. Instead, rely on a one-pager that outlines the goals for partnering with a PR agency. It should contain both agency deliverables as well as the all-important business objectives for seeking outside support.

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B2B PR Tips For Embargo Pitching In A Crazy News Cycle

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PR agency teams are always strategizing about how to tell stories that elevate a brand’s presence through earned media. Once the exclusive runs at an agreed upon date and time, the story can be pitched widely to the broader media targets. As with any pitch, keep it succinct and clear.

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An Open Letter to Public Relations Professionals

B2B PR Sense

Yet today, many PR professionals, armed with media placements and endless pitches, are still grounded in the past, since it's so comfortable. Confession: I, a B2B PR agency owner, also have one foot still firmly planted in the past. As noted in the 2018 Global Communications Report , "PR executives predict a decline of resources devoted to earned media over the next five years, as owned and paid media budgets continue to grow.". Source: 2018 Global Communications Report.

Phone Pitching 101

Shift Communications

Phone pitching is a great way to ensure you’re working with the right target and that you gather instant feedback. Spend some time researching your target and their recent articles to confirm he/she is still at the publication and covering the topic you’re pitching. Reporters are notorious for hating phone pitching because they are very busy and on deadline. You don’t want to be the PR person who is pitching them a story that has no relevance to their beat.

How to pitch to journalists during the pandemic

Prohibition

As the UK adapts to lock-down life, the content that the media communicates and shares is changing to be reflective of the current climate on a daily basis. Be clear and concise when pitching to journalists during the pandemic.

Is the pandemic the death knell of the brick-and-mortar agency?

PR Daily

The COVID-19 pandemic marks 120 years of the public relations agency—and, some fear, the beginning of its end. Barnum as the inventor of press agentry, the first more traditional publicity agency was founded by George Michaelis in Boston in 1900.).

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4 lessons learned from starting a PR agency with a family member

PR Daily

Some might question the wisdom of starting an agency in the midst of a pandemic, let alone with a family member, but going against the traditional grain is a hallmark of both mine and my mother’s personalities. Leadership Communications PR Industry Storytelling The Workplace

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Game, set and match: Avoiding a balls-up when running a new agency pitch process

PR in High Definition

And it often makes me think that choosing an agency and running a pitch process can be a bit like a game of tennis. And sometimes you’ve won or lost before you even get on the court; the wrong choice of opponent (or wrong shortlist of agencies) or playing on clay when you’re used to grass – inviting an SEO agency when you need a social media firm – can cause you no end of headaches for the rest of the contract period. What did the agency achieve?

Should Public Relations Change Its Name?

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A few years ago I dropped in on a client’s booth at an industry conference, and the company CEO introduced me – the founder of his company’s public relations agency – as the “publicist.” It implies a kind of “smile-and-dial” media pitch person, or a celebrity’s press agent. PR is thriving, but what about “public relations” — as a name? Long live public relations.

PR Pitch: 3 Elements to Create a Winning Pitch

5W PR

Politeness alone won’t get a communicator noticed, as competency matters a lot more. This includes an introduction that takes into account the reporter or gatekeeper’s preferred method of communication. Communicators need to be brutally honest with themselves on this point.

Buzzwords to Avoid When Pitching ANYONE

Shift Communications

Finally, it’s pitching time —but despite your best efforts, you can’t seem to get media interest. Journalists and editors have many reasons for passing on pitches. Many claim to receive 200 plus pitches a day, some relevant to their editorial priorities and some…not so much. However, pitching a story that is in line with a reporter’s beat does not necessarily make a good pitch. Why: Avoid anything that overhypes in your pitches.

PR Agency Life 101: Understanding the basic agency organization

Shift Communications

Basic Agency Organization. The PR agency world can be a confusing one—especially for someone looking in from the outside. Let’s take a look at the basic agency organization of a PR firm and what the different people do. These teams look similar across most agencies with a few cultural twists at various firms. Functionally, however, most agencies operate in roughly the same manner. Agency Life Public Relations

New Tech Tool Aims to Predict the Probability Your PR Pitch will Resonate with Reporters [PR Tech Sum]

Sword and the Script

There’s a recurring story in PR that goes like this: A long-time agency executive grows weary of expensive PR software that overpromises and underdelivers. >>> Can your agency bring big ideas and execute? Reporters get pitched – a lot.

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Can corporate communications stay in the spotlight post-COVID?

PR Daily

Harboring dreams of Cannes Lions and huge marketing budgets, agencies pivoted resources toward consumer marketing. Someone needed to communicate what to do in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. But that doesn’t mean corporate communications will go back to where things were in 2019.

Elevator Pitch or Twitter Pitch?

Waxing UnLyrical

With changing technology and the advent of social media, the way we communicate with the media has also changed to some extent. From what I have observed since I started working in this industry, practitioners and agency heads still place more emphasis on traditional methods of communicating and facilitating news and story ideas to the media. We love following up with them after pitching an interview/story idea. Elevator Pitch or Twitter Pitch?

Incorporating the Media Business Model into Pitches

Shift Communications

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been looking at outbound media pitches and reconsidering the way we should be approaching media. We’re given a piece of news from a client and, based upon our knowledge of the media, we shape up a pitch. As long as you know your contact well and the pitch is sound, this generally works. Basically, we should approach the pitch as a business transaction. In my experience, pitches generally talk about the news and that’s it.

6 Public Relations Tips For Brands In 2018

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A recent study by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the USC Center for Public Relations found that marketers plan to increase staffing and overall spending on public relations over the next five years. But it’s also a challenge to all marketers to create and leverage communications opportunities to the best of their ability. Allow the agency creative freedom. A key component of stellar media relations is knowing what stories to pitch and to whom.

Why Your PR Agency Didn’t Win The Business

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Keeping the pipeline full of new projects is critical for public relations agencies and even internal teams. An agency’s record in winning new business is also instructive. We’ve done some analysis of our own and have devised the following “post-pitch” questions to ask in order to ensure that the next new business effort is a success. It’s always tricky when the company you’re pitching claims to have no budget in mind.

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PR Pitches Journalists Will Love

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Recently an editor acquaintance of mine told a public relations seminar that she didn’t care how PR pros pitched her as long as they didn’t waste her time. Yet getting your approach just right can still be daunting, so we thought it a good time to revisit the rules for successful story pitching. Keep your pitch under 200 words. The best pitches are often those that point out a connection to a hot trend.

A Journalist’s POV: 3 Questions From A PR Agency

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If your story has resonance to residents of Westchester County, look to John Bruno Turiano, longtime senior editor of premiere regional publication, Westchester Magazine. You just have to know how to communicate effectively. John was good enough to answer our “three questions from a PR agency” for this post. What is one thing every PR person should know about pitching Westchester Magazine? John Turiano.

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