What is Public Relations? [Part 1]

When I first joined Dittoe Public Relations as a bright-eyed intern, I thought I signed up to work with reporters and schedule interviews. After getting my feet wet, I quickly learned that the world of public relations is much more than just media relations.

 

Yes, in its simplest form, the core of PR is media relations. But before you become dubbed a #PRpro, there are several different areas of expertise to master. This blog post is part one of a two-part series that will take a look at four different key areas of public relations. Part two will be shared next week by fellow PR pro Sophie Maccagnone.

 

Putting together a client event.

Whether it’s planning a grand opening, coordinating a community celebration, hosting a red carpet event or organizing a VIP night, Dittoe PR has had its fair share of event-planning experiences. Putting together a client event can be a fun and unique way to garner additional media coverage for your client. Be warned, though, that months of organization and planning go into making sure these events are a success.

 

In addition to inviting media, planning an event can include outlining the run-of-show document, coordinating schedules for celebrity appearances, general event or regulation research, working directly with vendors, designing invitations or event posters, booking talent, and providing on-site support throughout the event.

 

Earning third-party credibility.

Another overlooked public relations tactic is earning your client credibility from third-party sources. This comes in the form of writing a bylined article for a publication or putting together an award nomination. Contributing byline articles can help position clients as experts in their industry (and you should be one too), as well as showcase their services and offerings in a non-traditional way.

 

Award nominations are another way to help give clients additional street cred. Take the time to research, craft, and submit the perfect nominations to earn additional recognition for your client. That award opportunity can be used later on to show that they are qualified for the job and worth being nominated for other accolades.

 

Be sure to check out our blog next week for part two of this series on how the job of a PR pro goes beyond just media relations. And, while you wait, if you think your business or brand could benefit from our plethora of services, we’d love to hear from you!

How to become BFFs with a reporter (and other helpful tips)

As PR pros, we make to-do lists for our clients every day: create a press release, pitch media, research award opportunities, build press lists, (remember to breathe), draft a byline, etc. But one thing that can make these sometimes-daunting tasks easier is having lasting relationships with reporters. Sure, you can send a stellar product review pitch to a fashion reporter, but it’s often what you do after you press send on your email that leaves a lasting impression on reporters.

 

Creating mutually beneficial relationships with media members, especially local, can mean the difference between an ignored email and a response within minutes. In the PR world, it’s essential to have these types of relationship with reporters. The tips below are meant to help create strong, long-lasting relationships with media

 

Do what you say.

“Don’t make a promise you can’t keep.” While we’ve all heard this cliché a few hundred times in our lives, it’s still applicable in almost all settings. When you propose something to a reporter (an interview, photos, b-roll, etc.), make sure you can deliver. Keeping these types of promises will help to build trust with reporters. The same principle applies to being open and honest. If a reporter comes to you with a handful of requests, but you aren’t sure if you can’t make them all happen, tell the reporter that; you’ll see what you can do and keep them as updated as possible. Following through with what you say and promise will help you land some brownie points with media.

 

Acknowledge reporters as individuals.

Reporters are people, too! When sending out pitches, make sure to find out more about them – what beat do they cover? What are their hobbies? What stories have they written in the past (and would they write about your topic)? Familiarizing yourself with the reporter you’re about to pitch will help determine the tone of your email. Do your research before blasting every reporter under the sun with your pitch. And please, please personalize your pitch – that simple gesture can go a long way!

 

Exceed expectations.

After you’ve started the conversation with a reporter and have had back and forth communication, don’t wait around for a reporter to request something – go the extra mile and offer up additional items to help make their lives easier. Think they’re going to want a photo with the award recognition you sent over? Or links to websites/social channels? Be one step ahead of the reporter, and be prepared with additional requests they might make. Answering a reporter’s request before it’s asked shows you’re on your A-game.

 

At Dittoe PR, we set ourselves apart from our competition by taking the time to get to know local and national media. It might seem stringent at times, but our results show that it pays off in the long run. Request a consult today!