-Learn how using a strong Public Relations plan from the beginning, can help slingshot your startup in this guide by 5WPR CEO Ronn Torossian-
The use of public relations can mean the difference between a failing business and one that catapults to success. Public relations is the spread of information from your business to the general public. This aspect of a business scheme is extremely important for building and maintaining a relationship with your target audience and possibly attaining partners, employees or investors.
A public relations firm is a team of professionals who aid up-and-coming businesses in forming a media reputation. They analyze your business goals and target audience, and come up with the best way to present it to the media.
Information can be spread in a variety of ways, some being the use of press releases, media relations, outreach programs, and the use of social media. Because public relations firms have personal connections with journalists, they are effective middlemen between the business owner and a media which can often seem out-of-reach, especially for startups.
In our digitized world, the use of online media to create a presence for your business is often the best way to reach out to consumers. The social media boom has allowed news to be spread around the world in minutes.
While traditional PR professionals focus on relationship building, digital PR professionals specialize in Search Engine Optimization and link optimization to draw consumers in based on the words they’re likely to search, or what will grab attention. Though this modern take on public relations is a fast way to draw in crowds, using both traditional and digital approaches together is the most effective way to get a lot of exposure.
Knowing your audience and making connections that will get their attention comes before building any sort of digital presence. When it comes to PR firms, the most successful firms use multiple approaches to get your company as much attention as possible.
The owners of a company have the most control over its publicity. A public relations firm should never produce a false image of the company they represent. This is why it’s important, when interacting with a PR firm, to communicate in detail what you want the public to see.
This may include putting your image forth with graphic design (logos, business cards, etc.), video advertising, podcasts and e-newsletters among other methods. Knowing what your company is and what it sets out to do makes the relationship between company and PR professionals easier for everyone involved.
The writing or copy that goes with what you put out is crucial because it’s how potential stakeholders hear the company’s voice and decide if it’s something they’re interested in. PR firms will help a company with speech writing, copywriting, and press release writing in a way that matches the company’s image and hooks people in. PR firms can also come up with crisis management plans in the event of bad press.
Crisis management experts are trained to divert media attention from situations that put the company in a bad light, enlist spokespeople for public apologies, and analyze a company for potential crises to prevent them from happening.
There are hundreds of PR firms out there. Explore what each offers in terms of services and pricing.
Have a look at the firm’s client list before making a choice. Firms are often broken up into sectors or departments based on the services they offer, so be prepared with a business plan and questions before contacting one. Remember that public relations acts as a slingshot for startups.
If fast business growth is what you’re looking for, contacting a public relations firm is a smart step to take.