As a start-up the chances are your marketing budget is smaller than you’d like, so it’s important to get as much out of it as possible.
Although not right for every business startup, PR is a marketing tool that is well worth considering as it builds both awareness and credibility. It can showcase your expertise while delivering third party endorsement from respected journalists and media outlets.
In addition, PR is great for your SEO; having articles authored by you or quoting you filling up the first few pages of Google is just what a start-up business needs.
So how do you do it? We asked, Chantal Cooke, author of PR Demystified; how to get free publicity by giving journalists what they really need, to share her blueprint for DIY PR success;
Press releases are a good way of getting some publicity for your brand, but how do you get your press release out there in the first place?
Good public relations are essential for any business, but especially so, for small and start-up businesses. If you can persuade editors to run a story about your business, it’s worth a dozen adverts or mailshots. And there’s also the huge added benefit of it not costing you anything!
However, writing a press release isn’t as simple as dashing off a letter to the editor of your local paper. For it to work, your release needs to be carefully crafted and put together.
Here we look at how you should structure your press releases to grab editors’ attention and maximise your chances of getting that elusive, but highly-prized free press coverage.
When you’re starting or running your own small business, you have an endless list of jobs to do. One of the most crucial is generating interest in your business and creating awareness of your products and services.
Big companies can have a team of people to do this and hire a PR agency but as a small business you will probably need to do all your PR yourself. There’s nothing more demotivating when you’re doing your own PR than spending hours getting the perfect press release put together… only for it to be completely ignored by all the journalists you’ve sent it to.
But don’t take it personally, it’s a very common occurrence. And when you hear that 99% of all press releases sent to the media end up in the bin you realise it happens a lot more often than you think.
If you plan to use free publicity to promote your business, there’s going to come a point where you have to do media interviews with journalists.
Even if you dread the thought, you should welcome them. An interview with a journalist is a sure sign they are planning to run a story about you or your business – and sometimes the better the interview goes, the bigger the coverage.
These days generating publicity materials is not just about trying to promote your business in the media. It’s also about using those materials to enhance the perception of your business to everyone who has any contact with you.
Here’s a checklist of pointers to help small business owners to raise their firm’s profile within vertical markets.
The current economic climate has led to a necessary change of advertising strategy for big brand advertisers. They have stopped using media for blanket broadcast coverage and begun insisting on tactical opportunities that fit exactly with their communication objectives, minimising wastage of budget and opportunity. In the current climate this strategy is not only wise, it is arguably the only way to plan an advertising campaign.