How the changing media landscape will affect Public Relations
“A few years ago, it was easy to imagine that newspapers were becoming irrelevant in a digital culture. This has been disproved in the most disturbing way. If an independent press no longer matters, why is it being attacked so relentlessly by reactionary and authoritarian governments and movements all the way from the US to Russia?” The Irish Times on Journalism Matters
How to prepare for your next media interview: A PR professional’s advice
Preparing for an interview with the media can be a daunting task for many. However, interviews are part and parcel of a successful public relations strategy. And, with the right preparation, they can be enjoyable as well as hugely beneficial to your brand.
Confused about what public relations can do for your business? Despite the fact that a smart PR strategy can have a huge impact on the success of a business, not all business owners are clear on how exactly PR can help. Not only is it a cost-effective and crucial element of your company’s marketing mix, engaging with a public relations agency will also greatly help you to communicate key messages to stakeholders and beyond. Here are five things PR will do for your business .
We are living in a ‘hypermodern’ society, characterised by a culture of hyper consumption, hyper change and hyper individualism. This society in overdrive can be seen through the array of media constantly impacting almost everything we do. We consume sporting events, political debates and TV shows, not just through the action unfolding before us, but also a stream of related social media posts in the palm of our hand, online forums and live web analysis. All of this results in new challenges and opportunities for PR agencies, as well as the overall communications profession.
The recently published results of the 11th edition of the European Communication Monitor offer valuable insights for all public relations agencies to consider, but especially those involved in the technology sector. The 2017 European Communication Monitor (ECM) surveyed 3,378 communications professionals from 50 participating countries. It’s the most detailed and comprehensive longitudinal study in the communications industry and those in PR shouldn’t neglect the opportunity to glean insights into the challenges and opportunities facing our profession both now and into the future.
As consumers, we all have high expectations of the products and services we use and pay for, and rightly so. Previously, when those standards weren’t met, we would likely phone a helpline or write a letter of complaint. But those days are gone. Today we head straight for social media.
We recently discussed our top books for nailing all aspects of PR. However, digital media is moving at such a rapid pace that books can’t always keep up. If you really want to stay on top of everything that’s happening in the PR world, then it’s a good idea to bookmark (no pun intended) some helpful blogs in your browser. PR and digital media blogs are an ideal accompaniment to books for staying up-to-date with industry news, learning more about the latest social media tools and trends and fathoming the latest PR disaster and success stories.
There are fundamentals of PR that don’t change. However, the rapid pace of social media has altered how individuals and companies communicate, manage their reputations and build their brand both on and offline.
Nobody wants to be in a crisis but in reality, it can and does happen. And if prevention efforts have failed, the next best thing you can do is deal with the crisis in the most effective way possible. Regardless of the incident, if you have a crisis communications plan it will help you to deal with the crisis quickly and efficiently, therefore limiting the damage to your company’s good name, your customers and your shareholders.