A year ago, I decided that after 17 years in broadcast journalism working for Newstalk and RTÉ among others, it was time for a change. I still had a passion for media but wanted to broaden my horizons and deploy my skills in a new environment. Transitioning to the world of PR was the obvious choice as there are many commonalities across both lines of work.
A 'one-size fits all' approach to client management just doesn’t cut it in today’s highly competitive PR agency landscape. Given the numerous ways that PR can elevate your brand, it is important that PR agency client managers get to work quickly, both in terms of delivering tangible results, but also in terms of complementing a tailored communications strategy with a personable, engaging style of management.
Positive company culture has a transformative impact on organisations. What was once a “nice-to-have” has become a necessity. You might be surprised to know that your PR agency can make a significant impact on your company culture, and as culture affects every aspect of businesses, this is worthy of consideration.
PR in Ireland is a fast-paced industry. With the dawn of digital and an ever-changing Irish media landscape, it can be challenging to stay abreast of all that’s going on.
PR is used to help an organisation cultivate a good relationship with its publics and maintaining a positive relationship with stakeholders is crucial to the success of every organisation. If the public perspective of a company is negative, people will look elsewhere and avoid using its products or services.
Six weeks ago, I joined the Comit Graduate Placement Programme, after finishing my DCU Masters in Public Relations and Strategic Communications. I didn’t know what to expect when I started working in Comit, but I can without a doubt say that it has been the greatest learning experience. The PR internship provided me with a unique opportunity to work in the exciting world of tech PR and witness first-hand how innovative businesses are leading the way and transforming the tech industry.
How important is it to measure public relations? Well, without it, PR professionals can’t determine which aspects of a strategy have worked and which haven’t quite had the desired impact. Public relations measurement is important both during and after a campaign as it gives PR professionals benchmarks to work from and allows them to adapt the approach.
The world’s leading technology companies have managed to leverage their brand and reputation to attract and retain top talent as well as grow their businesses. Tech giants like PayPal, Google and Apple have some of the best-known company cultures, service and product offerings, and brightest minds. Arguably, what sets them apart from other technology companies is the way they communicate their message through the clever use of PR. Here’s how you can follow in their footsteps and emulate the success of these technology companies:
Public relations is a hugely exciting career path for enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about telling interesting stories, informing the masses about the next hot trends or setting the political agenda. From tech PR to consumer PR to public affairs to corporate PR, it is a constantly evolving industry.
When I was considering making the move from journalism to public relations about two years ago, I wasn’t quite sure of how the industry worked, what exactly a role in PR entailed or where that career path might take me.