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Why PR is Critical During Mergers and Acquisitions

If your organization is considering a merger or acquisition, you must know it takes careful planning and coordination to be successful. From a PR standpoint, effectively communicating the changes is also important, if not critical, to ensure a smooth transition. Poorly handled communications during mergers and acquisitions can lead to disgruntled employees, distrustful customers, and a confusing brand message, among others. These kinds of hits to a company’s “PR” can do long-term – and sometimes permanent – damage. If your organization is approaching a merger or acquisition, here are three key areas on which your PR agency or in-house team should be focusing. Internal Communications Communicating a merger or acquisition to your staff, investors and other key stakeholders before contracts are signed may not always be an option. However, there should be a plan in place to communicate as soon as possible how the change will affect them, which includes focusing on any benefits they [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:22:53+00:00 Jun 10, 2016|Communications Planning, PR Tips|0 Comments

What Media Consolidations Mean for Your PR Strategy

With the recent buying and closing of the Tampa Tribune and Healthcare Finance News merging with Healthcare Payer News – as just a couple of examples – it’s clear that the news media landscape continues to shrink. It affects us as public relations professionals, and it affects businesses that rely on news media relations as part of their PR and marketing strategy. […]

By | 2017-10-02T12:22:53+00:00 May 16, 2016|Communications Planning, Media Relations|0 Comments

5 Things to Know Before You Start a PR Campaign

So, you’ve chosen to launch a PR campaign. It’s is a step in the right direction to strengthen brand awareness and leverage the power and influence of the news media to enhance your reputation. But, before you can seek help from PR professionals, you have to know what it is you want to achieve. […]

By | 2017-10-02T12:22:53+00:00 May 9, 2016|Communications Planning, Public Relations|0 Comments

5 Signs You’re Ready to Hire a PR Agency

Are you a business owner or CEO who knows that public relations is important, but are just not sure how to tackle it? Maybe you see the value in increasing visibility and credibility through PR but don’t know the best way to allocate your resources. If this sounds familiar, or you find yourself in any of the following scenarios, then it might be the right time to hire a PR agency. Here are five signs you’re ready: 1. If the owner is managing PR As a business owner or CEO, it’s your job to build the business. But, how can your business flourish if you’re too busy sending press releases to the media, managing the company blog or sending out e-newsletters? The simple answer is: it can’t. If you find yourself stuck handling these tasks, it’s a sign you’re ready to bring in a PR professional. Hiring a PR agency will take these tasks off your [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:22:53+00:00 Apr 1, 2016|Communications Planning, Public Relations|0 Comments

4 Reasons Consulting Firms Need PR Agencies

In order for business consulting firms to be successful, their clients, prospects, referral sources and peers must consider them to be experts in their field. While advertising and other sales-driven marketing activities can be a great way to increase visibility and generate leads, it is common knowledge that organizations – including consulting firms – can buy ads to say whatever they want. […]

By | 2017-10-02T12:22:54+00:00 Jan 29, 2016|Communications Planning, Public Relations|0 Comments

Public Relations vs. Advertising: Find the Right Strategy for Your Business

Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée once said, “Advertising is saying you’re good. PR is getting someone else to say you’re good.” While Gassée does a great job at summing up the difference between advertising and public relations, there are still business leaders unclear about what sets advertising apart from PR, and what to use when. […]

By | 2017-10-02T12:22:54+00:00 Jan 22, 2016|Communications Planning, Public Relations|0 Comments

How to Choose the Right PR Agency: 5 Less-Obvious Things to Look For

Most articles and blogs about finding the right public relations agency share similar advice, such as asking whether the firm has experience in your industry and whether they have existing relationships with media contacts. While those are important things to consider in the search for a PR agency, there are other aspects worth noting that will help you determine which firm is the best fit for your organization. […]

By | 2017-10-02T12:22:54+00:00 Jan 15, 2016|Communications Planning, Public Relations|0 Comments

4 Benefits of an Online Competitive Analysis

If your organization is looking to become more sophisticated with its online presence – think revamping the website, starting a blog, sending out an e-newsletter or rebranding social media accounts – there is one thing your organization should do before starting this extensive project: a competitive analysis. […]

By | 2017-10-02T12:22:54+00:00 Dec 23, 2015|Communications Planning, Online Marketing|0 Comments

4 Ways a Content Calendar Makes Life Easier

Creating and publishing content for any organization can be overwhelming. Without a way to organize and manage your online content – think blogging, e-mail marketing and social media – your content marketing program may fail to meet your specific goals. A successful content marketing campaign requires a stellar content strategy, and with that comes the creation of a content calendar. […]

By | 2017-10-02T12:22:54+00:00 Dec 4, 2015|Communications Planning, Online Marketing|Comments Off on 4 Ways a Content Calendar Makes Life Easier

5 Small Ways to Make a Big PR Impact

Public relations is more than just reaching out to the news media. There are many strategies and tactics that a company can implement to tell their story and build valuable relationships with the people who matter. If public relations is an uncharted territory for your organization, it can be hard to find the right place to start. A few simple changes to your communications efforts can make all the difference. If you don’t know where to start, here are five small ways to make a big PR impact: […]

By | 2017-10-02T12:22:54+00:00 Nov 30, 2015|Communications Planning, Public Relations|Comments Off on 5 Small Ways to Make a Big PR Impact