It’s not about trying 12,000 things a couple of times.
It’s about doing a couple of things 12,000 times over.
Consistently isn’t the sexiest business tool out there, but it’s one of the most valuable.
Once you’ve got it, keep it.
This can be one of the most motivating, or most sobering facts about entrepreneurship.
Building your dreams – your business, your family, your life – takes courage.
But when you’re done?
At least your dreams will be yours.
To your success!
There’s an old saying: “Advertising is what you pay for, publicity is what you pray for.”
In today’s post, we’re exploring what PR is not.
And straight off the bat, dear readers, PR is *not* advertising.
PR is defined as ‘earned media’, which is arguably the most trusted and credible form of content for a brand. In other words, earned media is ‘king’.
You can pay for all the advertising your budget will allow, but when it comes to influencing buyer behaviour, a well-placed article in a magazine, newspaper or popular blog is where the high conversions really happen.
We can all learn a lot from 1999’s cult-classic teen film, American Pie. Yes, that’s right: things even more business-relevant than late 90s fashion, not playing with your food and always, always locking the door when you’re… ah-hem… you know what we mean.
Mid-way through the film there’s a scene in which mochaccino-drinking sophisticate, Paul Finch asks his pal, Kevin to agree with anything he hears about him. Puzzled, Kevin agrees. Quickly, Kevin’s promise is tested when a fellow high school student – delightfully credited by IMDb as ‘Random Cute Girl‘! – runs over seeking confirmation on whether his friend Finch is… equipped. (You know; ‘trouser-wise‘.)
Bewildered and yet remembering his earlier promise, Kevin confirms the rumour and the girl returns to her waiting friends in a flutter of giggling teenage excitement.
Cast your mind back a few years and a ‘viral sensation’ would have you booking an appointment with your doctor as fast as you can sa— never mind: you get the picture 😉
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.
“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” is surely one of the most dreaded interview questions for employees, sending sweat and shivers down the spine in equal measure.
But for entrepreneurs? Totally different story: the question stimulates hopes, dreams, opportunities and goals.
If you want your product business to scale the dizzying heights of global fame, or if you want your brand to generate enough income for you to retire early to a beach in Thailand (mmm, yes please!)
then this post is for you.
A few months ago, my friend bought a fancy juicer / steamer. One of those kitchen aid things that cooks everything for you, preserves nutrients, makes you healthy, washes up after you and feeds your cats while you’re away. This machine is incredible. My friend is glowing with plant-powered youth.
Hot on the heels of this undeniable proof, I too bought said wonder cooker. And waited for the results to come pouring in…
There’s a reason you don’t whip an engagement ring out of a grubby paper bag when you’re about to propose. Can you imagine it? No. Diamonds are expensive, precious and the way they’re presented in that very first moment is a gentle tease of the beauty, wonder, quality and price of the ring inside.
The mere sight of that little velvet box can instantly change the emotional – and even the physical – state of the recipient: building curiosity, heart rate, expectation and desire.
With PR gifting, details create the bigger picture. And the way you present your samples and gifts to editors is the promise of things to come.
So do your products belong in paper bag, or velvet box?
Get started with our Product PR Gifting Guide…
Every product owner dreams of opening up their favourite magazine and seeing their range displayed proudly under headlines like ‘This Season’s Must-Haves‘, ‘Hot List‘ or ‘Editor’s Picks‘.
But how does it happen? Is there a secret recipe for product placement success? And if so, “Argh WHAT IS IT?”
If you’ve ever asked these questions, you’ll love this week’s post! We’re sharing our 4 Step ‘How-To’ formula for getting your products placed in magazines, newspapers, blogs… or anywhere your target market is congregating, wallets open and waiting to buy.
Ready? Let’s go!
Hi there, welcome to Part 3 of our new ’40 Things We’ve Learned From 4 Years in Business’ series.
If you’re new to the blog, last week in Part 2 we shared our insights about Teamwork, and back in Part 1 we covered the big topics of Foundation, Fear & Faith. Go ahead and catch up if you need to 🙂
And so this week, we’re talking about CUSTOMERS. We’ve learned a lot (fun lessons as well as difficult ones) and we’re excited to jump in and share with you today.
Let’s get started!