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!
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.
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.