Posts Categorized: Public Relations Strategy

Ambassadors, Avengers and Advocates: How to Rally the Troops to Support Your Mission

  social media ambassadorsWith all the many channels in which people communicate, nonprofit organizations need to find ways to outreach to both current and potential audiences. Social media is segmented, based on each platform’s users, so nonprofits need a strategy to outreach, share and “rally the troops” to effectively break through the myriad of messaging out there. Three such groups, ambassadors, avengers and advocates, can be an instrumental part of organization’s comprehensive communication plan.

Ambassadors

Ambassadors are folks who are tied into your community. They tend to be influencers who are willing and able to help spread the word about your organization at events and ... ⇢ read more

The Big Bad Wolf: When Mother Nature Strikes

As a child, my mom diligently worked with me to read books every week. From stories of emperors with no clothes to giants in the sky, one of my favorites was the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” To this day, I am not sure why that story resonated with me, although I am sure it had something to do with the fact my mom always made funny voices for the pigs and the wolf. The moral of the story rings true, especially in Oklahoma; better to work hard and be prepared than to be ill-prepared. During the spring months, we experience a litany of weather. High winds, thunderstorms and of course tornadoes, all of which can all be devastating to property and life-threatening to those unprepared. Are your clients prepared for Mother Nature's onslaught? Use these five tips to build the foundation of any great crisis communications plan:
  1. Have a backpack with several printed copies of your crisis communications plan, contact numbers for essential employees and external media conta ... ⇢ read more

Five tips for creating an online newsroom

According to a recent survey, more than 50 percent of journalists visit online newsroom sections of organizations’ websites at least once a week. What are they looking to find in the online newsroom? More than news releases. The online newsroom should serve as an organization’s online filing cabinet with news releases, company information and digital assets readily available, including:
  • news releases;
  • visual assets like photographs (including key leaders’ headshots in print-quality resolutions) and video;
  • succinct information about products and services;
  • biographies of key executives;
  • media contacts, including cell phone numbers;
  • financial statements.
Smart PR professionals are now thinking about online newsrooms as a full section of a website, rather than just a single newsroom page.

Five tips to take your client’s online newsroom to the next level:

1) Filters: ... ⇢ read more

14th Annual PRCG Conference in Houston Gives Members a Passport to Creativity

By Amy Kossoff Smith, President Write Ideas, Inc., and Editor/Founder of PRCG Powerlines The 14th Annual PRConsultants Group is a wrap, and it was the 3rd time this international group of PR pro’s had “boots on the ground” in the Lone Star State (Texas). This year’s theme, “Passport to Creativity,” inspired the 50 members attending to consider new, innovative ways to add color and relevance to PR campaigns around the world. Here are some of my favorite highlights: ⇢ read more

Ducky Inspiration for Local Public Relations

We're always on the hunt for PR genius to serve clients. I found ‘ducky’ inspiration during a recent trip to South Africa. The entire country is breathtaking. So is its Cape Winelands region, located about a half hour northeast of Cape Town. Near Stellenbosch, we visited the Vergenoegd Wine Estate, one of more than 500 ‘temples to the grape’ that dot the area. [caption id="attachment_1568" align="aligncenter" width="300"]⇢ read more

Three reasons to include PR in your email strategy

Yesterday a colleague shared this TED talk about one truly clueless email strategy: [embed]https://www.ted.com/talks/james_veitch_the_agony_of_trying_to_unsubscribe[/embed] After mopping up tears of laughter, we naturally asked: Who oversaw that cluster mess? Last week, I received a note from Microsoft 365's admin team. They had changed category algorithms for Outlook users, and did we like it? Um, no. Now, every shade of politically-charged and lewd spam appears in my In box, tempting me to resort to James Veitch's tactics. Every time I hit unsubscribe, those emails return like an annoying in-law. According to The Radicati Group, 49.7 percent of the 200+ billion email messages we receive every day are spam. That's nearly 100 billion e-spams a day. After we filter out those who will never follow email rules, how many email marketing teams run their protocols ... ⇢ read more

It’s Our Job to be Appreciated by Media

Barb Harris and Sharon Kreher, teamworks communication management, www.teamworkspr.com I read a fair amount of Facebook group and media blog chatter about the love/hate relationship media folks have with PR people. At best, they begrudgingly acknowledge that sometimes PR people can occasionally be helpful. But as most public forums are inclined, complaints about PR folks tend to dominate these conversations. As a PR professional, it’s difficult to reply to or refute these attitudes, as that can fly in the face of our goal of fostering good working relationships with members of the media for the benefit of our clients. ch-5-still-shotInstead, let me tell you about a recent media experience and you can draw your own conclusions. My firm works to place stories about the good work ... ⇢ read more

Five Best Practices for Maximizing Your PR Agency’s Effectiveness

By Solveig Raftery, The Firm Public Relations & Marketing It's a turning point many companies and organizations eventually reach: After establishing a promising product or service, you decide to hire a PR agency to promote your valuable efforts. You conduct due diligence, research PR companies, and find one that offers the services you seek and that understands your vision and goals. You sign a contract. Now what? Hiring a PR agency is a significant investment, and of course you want to ensure this investment is effective. Fortunately, when an organization and a PR firm collaborate well, they can reap very satisfying results. Listed below are simple tips to help maximize this relationship.
  1. Conduct Thorough Planning
The first step toward a successful PR campaign is preparation. This involves an in-depth planning process, including compiling a strategic schedule for PR efforts such as media ... ⇢ read more

Uber and Lyft botch $8.6 million campaign, suspend service in Austin

8937656c-d301-489e-8fea-388794af20a1-large16x9_austinUber and Lyft just lost an $8.6 million game of public affairs. In a case billed as Silicon Valley money versus Texas public servants, the two giant rideshare companies have suspended service in Austin after voters turned down Proposition 1 on Saturday, bringing to a stunning conclusion the most expensive campaign in the city’s history. So, why did Proposition 1 fail? Lyft and Uber totally botched the campaign. The rideshare companies used bullying tactic ... ⇢ read more

Just say no to a PR tactic without a strategy

My colleagues and I in PR often decry the decline of our business, as ad agencies, social media operations and promotional firms all grapple for clients. It used to be fun, we say, when we did big events and had big budgets. When it was less about data mining and more about the clever idea and a solid PR strategy.

Now companies cast about for free ideas, via RFPs or crowdsourcing or websites in which creatives compete for (absurdly low-priced) business.

I was brought back to today’s stark reality when a friend and I attended a little event in town. Shop-owners had merchandise displayed on tables outside, an artist was dabbing paint on a canvas that depicted a Paris scene and a guitar player was strumming away. My fri ... ⇢ read more

Communications Tips for Satisfied Clients

By Jennifer Evans, Principal of The CKP Group in Houston, Texas. My spouse and I work in different environments. He leads a technical team in the oil and gas industry. I spend my time at The CKP Group building robust communications efforts for clients. Still, we frequently “talk shop” and share best practices. There are two things we both detest: rudderless meetings and ineffective or missing measurement. Meetings that matter Meetings should be meaningful and strategic. Most meeting appointments originate from either an information gap or a problem that needs to be solved. Face time is key to relationship management whether it comes through video calls or traditional settings, and non-verbal cues foster connection. This is not an “older generation” preference. I recently surveyed communications colleagues and peers and found there was an overwhelming desire from ... ⇢ read more