Storytelling with Earned Awareness
Perhaps the most powerful tool in marketing is earned awareness — because it means you have done something that people care about. Unlike paid media — such as pay per click Google ads or print advertisements — earned awareness means that someone cares so much about your business that they are willing to tell the story for you.
A content marketing plan that includes blogging, social media and email is incomplete.
Without public relations, you’re only doing 75% of the job.
Public relations is defined as a “strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics,” according to Public Relations Society of America. We love this definition because like everything else in marketing (and life), if your story is not authentic, honest and full of integrity, you aren’t building a path for success.
It is key for The Society of Bluffton Artists to have a public relations person who is respected in the market we serve. Heather is. She reached out to businesses who we never would have thought would be good prospects to promote the SoBA gallery and the Center for Creative Arts. SoBA’s email contact list continues to grow as does the connections on social media. Heather initiates. Heather builds on ideas. Heather works for us.”
How can a small business implement PR?
There is a misconception that public relations is a press release that you write and send to the local news media. Sure, that’s one part of it.
However, good PR is all around you. It’s the ongoing conversation people are having about your brand when you’re not in the room. It’s the coordinated story you tell about your business on social media, email, blogs, contributing news articles, staff bios, etc.
Above all else, PR is earned attention you receive for doing something great. Has your business adopted a charitable organization to give to? Did your staff decide to volunteer at a soup kitchen for Thanksgiving?
Perhaps it’s something a little less noble? Did you recently win an award for “Best Company Ever”? Did you surprise the employee who has worked for you the longest with a party (or a new car if you’re Oprah)? These are opportunities to turn warm and fuzzy feelings into brand awareness stories.
B2B buyers want content with more input from industry thought leaders
Millennials who are more likely to be influenced by blogs or social networking sites
Business decision-makers who prefer to get company information in a series of articles versus an advertisement
Consumers who are more likely to be on the lookout for products when looking at content marketing
Why should I hire a marketing agency for public relations?
When it comes to earning publicity for your business, it helps to have a strategy and a partner in the industry who has the experience and relationships to make PR a successful part of your marketing. Bragg Media full-service marketing agency in Bluffton SC was founded by former newspaper journalists who:
Know how to tell a story, when to tell it and where to tell it
Have extensive experience working with startups, small and midsize companies, organizations and individuals
Maintain a database of hundreds of key editors and reporters in the local community alone
Pitch story ideas to local journalists
Develop strategic alliances within the community
Yes, I am ready for a marketing agency.
Bragg Media can tell your story the right way the first time. We understand that you need a positive image to attract attention for all the right reasons. Let’s talk!