For the most part, potential clients understand the importance and power of public relations, but they have countless questions and can be unsure of the impact that potentially costly marketing and advertising might have on their businesses. And the last thing business owners want is to be unsure of where their money is going. Here are a few key elements that can help you explain the definite value of investing in public relations for their business.
Credibility is key. More and more, consumers are becoming wary and skeptical of advertising. Advertising messages seem to keep becoming less credible in this new fast paced, internet-centric culture. How many ads along the sides of web pages are barely glanced at because you know there’s a catch involved? How many spam emails advertising this or that do you have in your inbox at this very moment?
Consumers are automatically on the defensive about being sold something they don’t want or need. Public relations experts are here to make sure information is presented in a credible, legitimate fashion.
How many times, as a PR agent, have you heard this: “We love what you do, we just don’t have the budget for it right now.” When a potential client says this, he is thinking short-term. You need to assure your clients that you’ll be there for them through the long haul. Make sure they know how adaptive to current marketing issues you can be. Right now might be a down-time for your potential clients financially, but slow and steady wins the race.
Time is Valuable
Starting and running a business is not only hard work, it’s a lot of hard work. It takes endless dedication and time. Business owners have their hands in every single aspect of their company. From hiring and firing to writing paychecks to clerical and even janitorial work, marketing and advertising is just one weight they can easily get off their shoulders.
Hiring and working with a third-party public relations expert saves immeasurable time for clients. There already aren’t enough hours in the day, as their PR agent you can give them a few back.
The bottom line is that public relations experts have connections. Connections your potential clients truly need and connections that they can’t always find and make themselves. In the world of public relations, you know the market segments and you know who the influencers are out there.
Public relations is essential to the success of individual businesses. The value of public relations may be underestimated, but with honesty and integrity, you can prove just how needed you are.
How have you explained the value of PR to potential clients?
This article is written by Mickie Kennedy, founder of eReleases (http://www.ereleases.com), the online leader in affordable press release distribution. Download a free copy of the PR Checklist – a 24 point list of Press Release Dos and Don’ts here: http://www.ereleases.com/prchecklist.html