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Guerrilla PR- Chapter One
THE NATURE OF MEDIAThirty years ago, Marshall McCluhan, the father of modern communications, wrote the immortal words, "The medium is the message." Today I would amend that to, "The medium is the media.
Why Not Juice-Up Your PR?
Say, from tactics like special events, brochures and press releases to a public relations effort more in keeping with the challenges you face as a business, non-profit or association manager?I speak of public relations that alters individual perception and leads to changed behaviors among those key outside audiences of yours.Public relations that does something positive about the behaviors of those key external "publics" that MOST affect your operation.
Writing a Press Release: The Design Basics
Big corporations like General Motors and Coca-Cola spend thousands of dollars on press kits with specially-designed folders, full-color stationery, digital photos and lots of other goodies. Does this make a reporter more likely to do their story? In my experience, the answer is no.
PR: Your 500 Pound Gorilla
What else, for goodness sake, could you as a business, non-profit or association manager, call a heavy-duty helper who does something REALLY positive about the behaviors of those outside audiences of yours that most affect your organization?And that uses the fundamental premise of public relations to deliver the kind of external stakeholder behavior change that leads directly to achieving your managerial objectives?And does it all by persuading those important outside folks to your way of thinking, moving them to take actions that help your department, division or subsidiary succeed?Man, that's one heavy workload for a very large monkey!And here's the core message he brings to you. Your public relations effort must involve more than news releases, special events and brochures if you really want to get your money's worth.
What is GuerrillaPR Anyway?
Public relations is the art, as one of my colleagues put it, of "offering people reasons to persuade themselves." In other words, we are not Madison Avenue; we don't tell people what we want them to think.
How to Get More Mileage Out of Your Media Coverage
Maybe it played for Kevin Costner in "Field of Dreams," but that paraphrased line - "Print it and they will come" - doesn't necessarily work in real life.There's a lot to be said for the value of editorial side coverage, but you can't count on people acting on what they read or even remembering it for long.
Building Credibility Through Bylined Articles
As if making sure your company runs smoothly on an operational level isn't responsibility enough, as a business owner, you're probably overseeing all aspects of your company's public relations program, as well.PR can keep a company above water when times are tough and help the business soar during a fair-weather economy.
How To Share Your Success Story Without Sounding Like You Are Bragging
A great way to celebrate your achievements and capitalize on your successes is to share them with your clients, members, community leaders, and other influential decisionmakers. But how can you do that without sounding like you are bragging?Tell the story of your success using one of these five approaches, which will work for newsletter articles, website content, and press releases.
Ten Media Crisis Tips
No comment. These are probably the two most damaging words in the English language to the reputation of a professional, business or organization.
Time to Spruce Up Your Public Relations?
Better check out the public relations fundamental premise, then take action in your own best interest.The premise reads this way: "People act on their own perception of the facts before them, which leads to predictable behaviors about which something can be done.
A Sensible Way to Use PR
The most sensible way for business, non-profit or association managers to use public relations is to strive to alter individual perception among their target publics, which leads to changed behaviors, thus helping achieve their managerial objectives.In so doing, managers employ their public relations resources to do something positive about the behaviors of those important external audiences of theirs that MOST affect their operations.
Managers: Do You Trust Your PR?
You can if, as a business, non-profit or association manager, you can honestly say you are doing something positive about the behaviors of those important external audiences of yours that most affect your department, group, division or subsidiary.And particularly so when you persuade those key outside folks to your way of thinking, and move them to take actions that allow you to succeed.
Media Relations: When Numbers Lie
NUMBERS, NUMBERS EVERYWHEREYou just placed a terrific story on the local news. Your boss asks you how many people saw it.
Take the High Ground With Quality PR
Quality public relations does something positive for business, non-profit and association managers about the behaviors of the key external "publics" that most affect their operations. In other words, it alters individual perception that leads to changed behaviors among their really important outside audiences.
Sound Like Your Situation?
What a shame! Potentially productive public relations people resting on their oars in a large organization. Just kind of tinkering with tactics and leaving target audience perceptions (and behaviors) to pretty much do their own thing.
Cultivating Positive Media Relationships
Some people think that publicity is all about paparazzi snapping photos of celebs and intruding into their private lives -- or as Woodward and Bernstein blowing the lid off of a government scandal. But, as a small business owner, publicity is actually one of your greatest allies! People who read about you in the newspaper or hear an interview with you on the radio will sit up and take notice -- much more notice than if they simply see a flier of yours posted at the Laundromat.
13 Publicity Ideas for Retailers
If you're trying to promote your store, but you don't have a big advertising budget, relax. There are lots of ways to get in front of the audience you want to reach by using free publicity.
Get Outsiders on Your Side
Especially good advice for business, non-profit and association managers whose job success depends in large part on the behaviors of their key external audiences.I refer to behaviors like inquiries on the increase, new waves of specialized employment applications, more and more followup purchases, new levels of membership queries, a substantial boost in capital donations, or more frequent component specifications by engineering firms.
Detailing The Famous Kentucky Derby Train
The annual detailing of the Kentucky Derby Train is an annual ritual for the beautiful long sleek historical piece of American History. It may seem easy to detail such a fine piece of machinery, but it take many man-hours and they expect it perfect.
Financial Planners Get Free Publicity With Email
In previous articles for marketing-minded financial planners, I've discussed what to say to a reporter over the telephone.However, if you are phone-shy or time-challenged, it's better to send an email than to do nothing.
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