Abi asks, “What are the most effective PR strategies we should be looking at?”
Have news worth sharing. That’s it. That’s PR in a nutshell. It’s simple, and it’s not at all easy. Here’s a test: if you were going on a date with someone, is the story you’re working on something that you’d want to share with them?
Tactical things to think about: there’s fewer news outlets, so you’ll need to become one. More often than not, you’ll need to create news, so be prepared to do that as well.
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In today’s episode, Abby asks, What are the most effective PR strategies we should be looking at? That’s a bit broad.
Here is the PR strategy, the one that is timeless that is effective.
That is pretty much as close to guaranteed as you can get.
Have news worth sharing.
Have news worth sharing.
And it’s difficult.
Because most of the time, we don’t have news worth sharing.
Most of the time, we have things that aren’t even news, right? Oh, look, we changed our logo, or so and so got promoted, or we want a new client.
These are all things that are important to us as business owners or as managers or executives or whatever.
But nobody cares.
It’s that’s not news.
That’s boring, right? news is something that is new.
And that is remarkable meaning that is worth remarking about Seth Godin.
Zola quote, you have to be remarkable.
If no one’s talking about it.
It’s not news.
Here’s an easy one, especially if you’ve got you know, a decent number of employees.
Go and wherever it is, your employees congregate and hang out.
Right, and it’s the watercooler the cafeteria, whatever could be online to, you know, monitoring employees, social media and how they post publicly and see what they talk about naturally.
I guarantee you, it’s not about your company.
It’s not about the press release you just put out or the the story that you just put on your blog, whatever.
If you can’t even get your own people to care, why is anyone else gonna care.
So you’ve got to have news worth sharing, what is news worth sharing? Well, it can be anything that really is beneficial to your audience.
And your products and services, generally are not going to be beneficial in a newsworthy way, it may be beneficial, but they’re not news because they’re not new.
So that can be things like a study or some research you did, it can be a qualitative piece of information, it can be an interview with somebody who isn’t involved in your company, you know, some sort of minor celebrity or industry person, it can be a trend in the in your overall industry that has suddenly changed.
A lot of people were able to make a decent amount of news earlier this year when the pandemic hit.
And you know, there were a lot of good, and also a lot of lots of good pieces on how the pandemic was going to change certain industries.
That’s news that’s useful.
That’s interesting, that’s worth talking about is remarkable.
And that’s what you have to do on a regular frequent basis, if you want to have an effective public relations strategy.
In theory, this is why people pay agencies, because agencies, in theory have more practice at doing this sort of thing than then some folks in house it’s not necessarily true.
Agencies are as wide and varied in quality as any other industry as any other business, there’ll be some good ones, there’ll be a whole bunch of mediocre ones, there’ll be some bad ones.
So the biggest challenge for you is to figure out whether this agency is any good at what they do or not.
And some companies inherently just have more news than others, right? And when there is news, they know how to to push all the right buttons, nobody really has to work all that hard at generating news, you know, if you work at like Tesla, or SpaceX, right, you literally are doing new stuff.
And yes, you have to do the effort of you know, reaching out and letting news media know that you’re doing this thing.
But the news itself is newsworthy, it is, is remarkable.
That’s the bench test if if your people we even you yourself, if you happen to be in a some kind of relationship is what you’re about to write a news release or do a news campaign about so interesting and fascinating and exciting to you that you’re talking about it to your friends, your significant other whoever on prompted.
It’s just so exciting that it’s worth talking about then you know, you’ve got something If on the other hand, you’re working on something and he can’t even bothered to bring it up to your your significant other at the end of the day, it’s probably not newsworthy, and therefore it’s gonna be a much harder story to make happen.
There are fewer news outlets now than there ever used to be for at least a decade.
We’re doing some data research recently for business wire and found that they were at 5000 domain names unique domain names and new stories back in 2015 are down like 30 ish thousand now.
So you’ve seen a substantial contraction, the number of news outlets available.
So one of the things that you have to do tactically is Become a news outlet become a publisher be have a very large mailing list, a large readership or a large YouTube channel or something that gives you reach into your audience, because you are the news at that point.
So many industries, particularly this year, have have run into really hard times in terms of being able to maintain their business operations, that we’ve seen dramatic decline in the number of functioning news outlets.
This isn’t a long term trend.
So you have to become the news.
So tactically, what can you do to build a media property that is a publisher that you then can share your news in? Plenty of companies have done this, plenty of companies have become so large and so powerful in their media operations, that they’re effectively like separate companies.
But the advantage is, you don’t have to pitch anybody.
You don’t have to squeeze your news in or ask an editor to approve your story.
You it’s your outlet, so you have control over it.
That’s a big part of making news work for you today is you have to become the news.
And that is something that companies overlook a lot.
So do that to the extent that you can it’s an investment, you’re talking probably two to three year investment, at least significant ad dollars, significant marketing technology dollars to build a for example, newsletter and run it well.
Notification systems marketing and remarketing by text message, retargeting ads, that run on search that run on YouTube expect to spend, depending on how large you need it to be and how large your industry is, anywhere from five to seven digits on building that outlet, so that you are the you become the de facto news source for your industry.
And then you don’t have to worry a whole lot about having to run the public relations operation separately, because at that point, you are the news.
But that’s it.
At the core, the challenge is most of the times most of what we have to share is not news.
And therefore it’s not going to resonate.
It’s going to be very, very difficult to pitch.
And with fewer reporters and journalists out there it becomes really difficult to get their attention for anything.
So what do you have for what you’re pitching has to be really news.
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