The sun is shining, the kids are out of school and the summer holidays are here to be revelled in! So, what’s going on at In The Bag HQ? Christmas of course! As in the world of retail, the world of PR likes to plan far in advance, and the requests for Christmas trends, products and services begin in July.
We research upcoming trends for Christmas so that we can work these into the information we send out to journalists, tying in our clients and their offerings. Our press releases provide photography, prices and links to buy/contacts and any extra info on the products or services. We ensure that journalists have everything they need to plan their features and spreads.
It may seem odd to plan so far ahead, but it pays dividends when it comes to Christmas coverage.
Ho Ho Ho!
This month has been a monstrous month in terms of coverage for our clients and there’s nothing more extra than putting the circulation stats into our spreadsheets (*spreadsheet geek alert*) and seeing just how many people have been reached and how many people have seen our client’s products.
The Content Marketing Institute tells us that 70% of all consumers prefer getting to know a company via articles rather than ads – and from personal experience we know this to be true. We draw inspiration from magazines, online articles, Instagram feeds, Instagram stories, books, and so much more from the world around us. Advertising in this respect doesn’t seem authentic, we don’t want to be shown a particular view, we want to discover the whole picture.
We work with our clients to show off their inspiring products and collections, putting them in front of journalists and audiences that will take one look and fit them into their trend boards, mood boards, hot lists and style sections.
‘The Death of Advertising’ – announced Tasha on a cold Monday morning. An hour every Monday morning is reserved for post-weekend catch-ups, a quick media review and brainstorming the EPP side of the business.
“How can we get more coverage for our EPP clients?”
“How are we gonna get more brands in front of more journalists?”
“How do you find new brands when shopping?”
“Do you even ever look at adverts?”
And so our discussion around the death of advertising began…
Here at In The Bag PR we pay attention to the way information is consumed, the best way to reach our audiences, and the value we can add to the brands we work with. PR is earnt, we work with journalists to showcase relevant products from our clients, this process is more considered and credible than buying ad space.
Consumers give more consideration to brands that are ‘recommended’ by media, this includes being featured in magazines, included in online gift guides or being reviewed by bloggers and influencers.
It’s not rocket science, it does take time, insight and a little bit of trend-spotting – but there’s nothing better than seeing our brand’s products in gift lists, articles, home inspiration features and spotted lists throughout the press.
But these days not only is the term widely understood, it’s widely coveted and product brands would give their last roll of packing tape for their range to go viral.
From Kate Middleton to the Kardashians and every opportunity in between, landing widespread PR coverage can change the turnover and the trajectory of your business.
Spoiler alert: all is not lost 🙂 Continue Reading
PR is still a big unknown – and sometimes a big mystery – for many businesses. And with so many unanswered questions, sometimes it’s easier to do nothing for a while than it is to move forward.
Sound familiar? 🙂
In this post, we answer all the questions you may be too scared (or embarrassed!) to ask about PR. You’ll find this useful if you’re a brand new business or if you’re looking to move your existing strategy to the next stage.
Why do some brands get all the coverage when there’s nothing overly ‘special’ about them… especially in comparison to you?!
What’s their secret?
This week on the blog, we’re looking at why your competitors may be getting more coverage than you… and what you can do about it!
There are many reasons to run competitions on social media. They are fun, relatively inexpensive to produce, they engage our fan base and are ‘share-worthy’ posts that can expand your fan & follower base.
To get the most out of your Social Media Competitions, we’ve prepared the following Guide with important considerations, top tips and rules for success. Continue Reading