PR industry: The rising star

PR industry: The rising star

Even if the profession is almost a century old in the country, it didn’t get that respect and recognition like the other participants involved in the marketing process. This is so because of the fact that critics see PR as a fabricator organizing favorable media coverage for undesirable people and causes. But not the roles are changing, from being the supporting helper slowly and steadily the industry is taking the center stage meant for it.

According to a survey conducted by the Associated Chamber of commerce and Industry in India (Assocham, 2012), the PR industry in India is growing at an annual rate of 32 percent. There are hundreds of PR consultancies but not all are good. Here are the qualities that the best PR agencies have:

1.      Have good reputation: Biggest one need not be the best one always.  While selecting, eliminate any PR agencies that could take advantage of you or that don’t have a lot of experience behind them. When in doubt, ask other companies that have worked with the PR agencies you’re considering.

2.      Get to know their clients: You should never work with a PR agency that tries to rush through the getting- to know- you phase. Any high-quality PR firmwill want to spend time getting to know your business and your audience so the team can do their job as best as possible.

3.      Have active social media presence: See if they can actually back its claim of expertise by checking out the firm’s blog and social media profiles. Great PR agencies aren’t afraid to give up some free information—they know that that’s the best way to show their expertise and attract clients.

4.       Test knowledge of trends: Knowing the ins and outs of marketing and advertising means keeping up with trends and spotting new trends being formed. Make sure that any PR agency you choose is always up-to-date with the latest news and information.

5.      Are well connected: Great PR agencies have impressive lists of connections. How much a PR agency can help you greatly depends on their own network of people and businesses.

At its core, public relations revolve around the universal truth: people act based upon their perception of facts. With a good story we can manage, control and influence people’s perceptions and achieve our goals.  The better the story, the better is the acceptance by the public and the better the public relations.

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5 Critical Steps of Brand Re-engineering-1

5 Critical Steps of Brand Re-engineering-1

5 Critical Steps of Brand Re-engineering-1

If you are an entrepreneur and your brand is not doing well then don’t think that your concept is not worthwhile, take a work break of 2 to 3 days, invite your marketing team for an outdoor dinner, spend some time together, make fun and finally start a brainstorming session. Fresh minds develop fresh ideas!

Many innovative brands and concepts in the past couldn’t see the light of the day just because of faulty strategies. For their failures, I never blame business ideas, I blame to strategies that were not complementary to those concepts. Unfortunately, among the present generation of marketers, branding is one of most misunderstood business concepts. Usually, for them, its ambit is restricted to Media Presence and Market Presence. And, they calculate the return just on the changing sales figures. The next big mistake they make is imitating the strategies of established and successful brands. Branding is a customised process that can neither be copied, nor it can be replicated.

Now, be relaxed and try to understand the product or service you want to groom into a brand. Because a brand is like a human baby, the marketer starts thinking about its future soon after conceiving an idea. What comes to your mind instantly when you think about your brand? Is it the appearance, attitude, or IQ? Start a friendly discussion with these simple questions and note down the opinions and views of the team members. Remember! Be open and let them speak first.

Step – 1

As you have already finalised a name, you can’t do anything with the name but still there is enough scope to re-launch your brand with a fresh outlook and feel. Explore all the positive aspects associated with the name of your brand, and then keeping in mind its attributes and the demographic profile of your target audience prepare some tailored-fit attires for your brand – i.e., tangible elements of the branding: logo, font size & style, colours used in the logo and website. After a mutual consent get settled for some desirable changes and request the team to work on these changes but don’t make them live till the final makeover. Now, wind up the meeting, it’s the end of session one of brand re-engineering. Save the date for next meeting and motivate the Design and Marketing teams for best results in the meantime.

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Social Media Marketing and Start-Ups | Part 2

Social Media Marketingand Start-Ups | Part 2 Previously we spoke about how social media can give an equal footing to both startups and gigantic organizations. However, initially investing in paying social media consultants and agencies might be t… […] Read more