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How Public Relations Can Help Promote Your Business Effectively

Aug 17, 2007
There are still inexpensive ways to get the word out about your business. You just have to have the patience and creativity to find them!

Here are a few techniques and tips that will help you to get started with a public relations campaign:

- Develop a simple PR plan. You don't need a complex plan, but by taking the time to map out a few basics you can help ensure the success of your PR efforts. Start by identifying what you want to accomplish for your business, how you want to be seen by your target audience and what important facts you want to convey about your business. Then take it a step further and map out a strategy for achieving your objectives. This should include a list of tactics you will use such as press releases, articles, public speaking, etc. Starting with this simple task can make it easier to stay focused on the type of PR that will help you achieve your business goals.

- Tell them how to contact you. Believe it or not, one of the most commonly forgotten pieces of information in any press release is the contact information. How will people find you if you don't tell them? Always include a clear statement at the end of every release that says exactly how you can be reached. Most experts recommend including a contact name, website address, email address and phone number if possible.

- Run a fun contest. Contests themselves are not all that exciting. But if you take it to a new level and run a "silliest thing" or "dumbest mistake" contest with your customers you may be amazed at the exposure it brings you. For instance, if you're a shoe repair shop, ask your customers to submit pictures of their silliest pair of shoes. If you're a sporting goods retailer ask your customers for the dumbest mistakes they've ever made while camping. These are great human-interest stories that the press will love. And you shouldn't have any shortage of material since people generally love to share their stories and appear in the news!

- Stick with it. When it comes to using PR successfully, the most important word for you to remember is persistence. If you take the time to develop a plan and then work continuously toward carrying out that plan, you will see results for your efforts. It won't happen overnight, but your patience and perseverance will be rewarded.

- Create a top 10 list. Take a tip from David Letterman and create a top ten list about something in your business. If you're a beautician, write an article titled, "Top Ten Most Popular Hairstyles for Women." People love these - especially if you include humor. The community will see that you enjoy your business and want to entertain your customers.

Another tip is that numbers attract the eye more than words. So even if it's not the number 10, start off your headlines with numbers whenever you possibly can.

The important role that public relations can play in promoting your business should never be underestimated. Using PR you can reach out to many potential customers and build a trust with them that advertising alone cannot provide. Give PR a try and see how it works for you!
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