Best Practices for Public Relations

Public Relations can seem like a daunting, oftentimes confusing concept for brands unfamiliar with the term. Unlike many other marketing disciplines, public relations relies heavily on a much longer lead time to communicate with the media on behalf of a brand. In fact, relationship-building is a key area of PR that takes a great deal of time and strategy.

If you’re a marketer ready to take full advantage of PR services, here are our top five best practices to consider:

Top 5 Public Relations Best Practices 

Plan ahead

While some short-lead media work up to two months in advance, traditional consumer media works four to six months in advance. If you know that a new product is going to launch, or recipes will need photography, think about this lead time in order for your PR team to best leverage your assets for timely and relevant media content.

Find the right media then build a relationship with them

Not all media is right for your brand if it doesn’t speak to your target audience, so invest in finding the appropriate media outlets that will deliver messages to the right people. We also recommend taking the time to invest in each media outlet that you’re considering a relationship with. If you plan to pitch to Food & Wine, then you should be reading it, regularly.

Another part of creating a positive brand image is to develop personal and trusting relationships with the media. Pick up the phone, meet face-to-face, and be a trusted partner instead of just another generic email in a reporter’s inbox.

Offer industry experts as resources

As part of relationship building, offer support from the experts within your organization as a resource for journalists and editors. Something as simple as answering a question about “the best way to store tomatoes” can lead to a great quote and brand mention.

Create publicity opportunities

Public Relations is not only about pushing press releases for new products and promotions. It’s about creating opportunities that lend themselves to publicity, like partnering with a celebrity chef, supporting a charitable cause, or hosting an industry-wide event.

Have updated company key messages in your arsenal

Press releases and pitches will rely on the most up-to-date key messages for your company. Ensure the messages you’re sending on behalf of the company are not only up to date, but are being consistently used throughout all outreach. Streamlining your efforts here will ensure your company is not being misrepresented in the media or by consumers and retailers. 

The way your brand would share a message to a trade audience versus how the media would report that same message to a consumer audience are often quite different. Make sure that your messages reflect the media’s audience and aren’t overly sales-y.

Using these tips will put you and your team in a successful position to increase earned media for your brand, which means fewer dollars spent in the long run to secure media placements. Need help with PR?  Our team is ready to help.  Contact us for a PR consultation suited to your needs.