How do public relations practitioners and academics communicate, collaborate and come together? Where and when do the lines of the academic study of PR and its everyday practice cross over? Fresh from completing a master’s degree in public relations, and now working in Ireland’s leading tech PR agency, the relationship between PR theory and practice has been on my mind. In this blog, we will explore not only what we can learn and implement from PR academic lessons, but also how the practice of PR can enrich our learning.
You cannot claim yourself to be a thought leader, but by effectively communicating through the media, you can get there. In this blog we will look at the role of thought leadership, how being positioned as an expert positively impacts your strategic business goals and how a specialised PR agency can help you get there.
The Irish tech sector continues to go from strength to strength, accounting for 37,000 Irish jobs and generating €35 billion in exports each year. It’s an exciting space to be in – particularly for the public relations professionals charged with sharing the great news from the companies responsible for the booming sector. This places Comit - Ireland’s best PR agency for technology companies - in a hugely exciting position.
It’s hard to believe, but Comit celebrated turning 20 this week! While some of our team members were mere toddlers in 1997, Comit founder and managing director, Allan Chapman, was busy setting up his own PR agency to service Ireland’s growing tech sector. Two decades later, Allan is still at the helm of the business as it continues to grow and deliver the best service to technology companies based here.
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.
If you happened to be in Dublin City Centre last Friday, you likely will have come across hordes of orange-clad techies getting up to some quite unusual tasks. The third year of Techies4TempleStreet, the charity fundraising event held in aid of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, was the biggest to date. Some 130 teams, comprising over 1,000 competitors, took to the streets of Dublin to complete a wide range of challenges spread across the city. As the chosen PR agency of leading Irish and multinational tech companies, the Comit team jumped at the chance to raise some much-needed funds with our fellow techies.
PR is used to build brand recognition and visibility. It boosts an organisation’s credibility and achieves defined business goals. Simply sending out a few press releases or hiring a PR agency won’t guarantee those important things. Businesses need to ensure that their communications are consistent, targeted and impactful.
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.
I was in a Vodafone store, about to purchase my first proper smart phone a few years ago. Android or iPhone? It was a big call as I was likely to stay with whatever platform I chose for many years. I called a few tech journalist pals in-the-know and the gurus offered a resounding answer: it’s got to be Android. Armed with this clear instruction, I call over the sales assistant, “Hi,” I say, “I would like to purchase an… an… iPhone please.” I had unwittingly become a victim of Apple’s incredible brand that seemingly overwrites all logic.