Mind Readings: Work With Your Clients, PR Folks

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Mind Readings: Work With Your Clients, PR Folks

PR firms and clients need to better communicate in order to avoid pitching people who are already known to the client. If a pitch is getting pushback from internal stakeholders, it’s a sign that the pitch is bad and needs to be fixed.

Mind Readings: Work With Your Clients, PR Folks

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Christopher Penn 0:15

In today’s episode, let’s talk about public relations folks, people pitching, and people working with clients, pitching, influential people, key opinion leaders, whatever the term you want to use.

Recently, I had a PR person, pitch me do a cold pitch from on behalf of a tech company.

And this is a reasonably well known tech company and say, hey, this person has just started working on our tech company and their new executive here, and they’ve got a lot of expertise and stuff.

Now I will give credit words do it was on a topic that I cover on on this channel and stuff like that.

So it was well placed from that perspective.

But where the PR firm dropped the ball was they were pitching somebody that is an actual personal friend of mine.

Right? If you like, you know, somebody say, Hey, you could you could get a chance to talk to Christopher Penn.

And you’d be like, Yeah, I already do that.

I don’t need help with that.


And that’s essentially what happened here.

They’re like, hey, you know, you want to interview this person, they might be a good guest for your show.

I’m like, Uh huh.

If I, if I wanted to, to put this person on my show, I would just ask them, if they wanted to be on my show.

All they have to do is DM me like they don’t have to go through a PR firm.

They just say, hey, I want to be on your show.

I can figure this out.

Because an actual friend, we’ve been friends for over a decade.

But something got lost along the way.

Some miscommunication happened, and this happens in two, two different ways.

One, a PR firm doesn’t do its due diligence, it doesn’t understand the landscape, and then say, hey, you know, company? Who do you know already? What relations do you have already? Doing that would have saved them a lot of headache? Because they would have been like, oh, great, you already know, Chris.

So can you just DM him or email him and say, you know, go be on the show, that would have saved them a lot of time.

The second part is for companies for brands that are hiring PR firms proactively provide a list of your friendlies your close contacts, your executives, friends, etc.

In advance of the PR firm A knows that maybe don’t pitch these people and reach out to the exec and said and say Hey, can you go talk to this person, you’re friends with them? And be it helps everybody not look like a bunch of dummies.

Because what happens when you pitch somebody that is already known as already has a good working relationship? You look incompetent? Like what? Why does this PR firm telling me to get in touch with you? I talked to like, every other week, they should know this.

And so the PR firm looks bad.

The client looks bad.

And the client’s like, it looks like they don’t know what they’re doing.

And it’s just not a good situation.

So better communication is what’s missing here, working out who are the friendlies? Who are the relationships that are already in place? And how can the stakeholders who are responsible for those relationships, make use of them in a way that’s, that’s helpful and useful.

And if this is a really important point, if a stakeholder doesn’t feel comfortable pitching their friends, for some kind of campaign, it’s not the stakeholders fault.

You’ve got a bad pitch, you’ve got a bad pitch.

If someone’s not willing to tell their friends about the thing they’re working on and you’ve got a bad pitch.

You’ve got something that nobody wants.

Because if I was like, oh, gosh, you know, I don’t know if I really want to reach out to my friend and with this new ebook from Trust Insights, then it’s not a good ebook.


I should be excited if you’d like and, and you gotta read this new thing.

I just wrote it, go check it out.

I should be proactively like I’m gonna see you guys over there at the pier from go do whatever you got to do with your media list, but I got this.

I got this one I got.

So that’s a really important barometer, right to say like, yeah, if you’ve got something worth pitching, the stakeholders should be excited to do it.

They should be eager to do it not.

If you’re like, Oh, you don’t have a good thing for pitching.

So that’s today’s mind reading.

Make sure that in public relations you are coordinating both directions, communicating both directions between PR firm and client as to who knows who, right who is known by whom.

And that you’ve got something that’s worth pitching.

And if you’re getting pushback from internal stakeholders that they don’t want to reach out to their friends, you’ve got a bad pitch and you need to fix that.

Thanks for tuning in.

I’ll talk to you soon.

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