Is your public relations team being true to you?

NO YES MAYBE

So, you’ve got some news and you bring it to your PR team.

You’re pretty excited about it and think it’s important, and it’s important to get the word out as part of your organization’s marketing outreach. In the past, perhaps your public relations team has taken your news yet struggled to get you any coverage of it? No interviews or online posts, no guest blogging, no interest at all, yet still sent you an invoice despite zero results?

Strong PR & Multimedia doesn’t have this problem with our clients and they’ll attest to it. In fact, providing results is the main reason people hire us and we have been all referral since our inception. So why have your past experiences with PR left you feeling frustrated and like you’ve wasted your time and money?

Counseling. We are aggressive, transparent counselors who don’t shy away from saying “No” to a client and to assist in finding a better direction. You may think your news is the most important thing in the world but in the large playing field of media, it may be wholly insignificant. We know what journalists want. Do you know when I worked in the newsrooms, I was bombarded by HUNDREDS of story ideas and pitches per day by PR people? Some also called to talk to me, some reading off horrific scripts and speaking awkwardly to try to tell me their “news”.

Understand you are competing with a very fractured media landscape and competing for attention against many others in your comp set. Therefore, your public relations team must always have its internal news compass on (We do) and if it doesn’t rise to the level of newsworthy, you should expect them to say no. We do. That being said, we don’t just say “no” and walk away. We will discuss and collaborate with you to take that nugget and expand on it, research and drill down to find a way to make it newsworthy and of interest to our friends in newsrooms across the country.

Moral of the story? You WANT a PR firm that occasionally tells you “No!”. They’re the ones like us who will get you results for your money. If all you’re hearing is “yes!” and your “results report” isn’t forthcoming, it’s time to have a conversation elsewhere.

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Audrey Strong has more than 20 years combined experience as both a public relations professional and television news person. Her hybrid background makes her an expert in media relations and one of her favorite things is to introduce and get exposure for clients via longtime, trusted media relationships. Her specialties also include media training, crisis communications, issues management, messaging, press kit creation as well as audio/video production.

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