SMEs account for 95% of all organisations in Dubai and when it comes to their SMEs account for 95% of all organisations in Dubai and when it comes to their business plans, public relations (PR) represent an important tool in the marketing mix, actively and continuously differentiating brands from the competition and speaking directly to audiences.
1. Creates awareness
Effective PR sparks an interest in your audience and gets them to sit up and take notice of your brand and product offering. This could be in the form of regular audience interactions, campaigns and so on, focused on promoting key brand traits. A well-thought out PR strategy is key to creating inspiring campaigns that stand out. For example, for the 2015 Ant-Man movie, 100 ant-sized movie tickets were hidden around three cities in the UK causing high levels of interest from consumers and media alike.
2. Builds credibility
As Sir Richard Branson wisely said, “A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front page ad.” A 2014 Nielson study concluded that PR is 90% more effective than advertising. 80% of business decision-makers prefer learning about companies through articles instead of advertisements and 48% of the millennial audience says word-of- mouth influences their buying decisions over other marketing forms. Credibility is a hard-earned respect and comes from knowing your product enough to build a strong brand image and communicating exactly how it benefits the customer. Effective PR is clear, concise and transparent, steering clear of anything that may be misleading. In addition, 84% of consumers are willing to pay more for a product/service from a company they believe to be socially responsible.
3. Thought leadership
A successful PR team knows they need to differentiate. By getting creative and taking a stand on issues your brand identifies with, you reflect yourself as an expert and forward thinker. A good example is Cisco and their campaign around ‘The Internet of Everything,’ covering innovation and interconnectivity. Such plans require the availability of regular content that is interesting, informative and original, relayed across all communication channels – it pays to remember your audience is always listening.
4. Budget allocation
The value of PR is rooted in strategically maintaining positive and engaging two-way communication between your brand and audience – this effort takes time, research, planning and skill and when done well, is worth every dollar spent. When it comes to PR budget allocations, everything depends on the type of campaigns you’re looking to run and the value derived thereof. Your goals, channels of choice and audience need to be clearly defined for plans to succeed, securing organic exposure on multiple levels. Is your PR plan focused on increasing traffic and sales, or building brand image? Are you doing something different from the competition? Social media allows for considerable brand reach in terms of PR, so it is essential to use it to its maximum capability. The ROI on your PR campaign will help determine the kind of dollar spend you need to account for to ensure maximum reach and impact.
5. Crisis management support
A thoroughly researched PR plan prepares you to deal with crisis communication in a responsible, sensible and professional manner. If the situation should arise, a brand needs to be adequately prepared and able to efficiently calm audiences and the media with timely, appropriately formulated responses. Any crisis that is mishandled can have damaging consequences to a brand’s reputation.
Organised PR tells a well-crafted story to all those interested in listening across traditional, hybrid, social and owned media platforms. It speaks of your brand personality in a positive manner, demonstrating how it is able to answer customer needs, whilst showcasing brand purpose and passion in an authentic and realistic tone. For an insight into the power of storytelling as a PR tool, read about brands such as VISA and IKEA, here.
7. Establishes relationships
92% of consumers trust earned media over traditional ads. A well-planned PR strategy places considerable emphasis on interactions with customers, the media and other industry players, building loyal, two-way relationships across channels. Social media allows brands to get to know their audience on a personal level, starting conversations that are real, relevant and engaging.
Productive PR drives business goals and as an up and coming business, it’s important to have an expert PR team handling your strategy. For more information on how we can drive this change in your company, contact the JPd PR team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Jpd PR
We are experts in Public Relations and Digital Marketing, with offices in Dubai and London. Our talented team provides our clients with the industry’s best PR strategy, social media management, SEO, content development and web services. At Jpd PR, we create simple, effective strategies that helps them connect with their audience across every channel and grow business the way they can measure. We are honoured to have worked with some notable global clients, across key sectors.
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