What businesses need to know about hiring a PR firm

by | Nov 23, 2020 | Analysis, Public Relations

Starting your own business entails many things. Being the head of a company means that you’re responsible for overseeing everything, and you can’t be everywhere at once. This can be stressful, but there are many ways that you can make things easier on yourself, and one of the most underrated tools at your disposal is PR. Public relations professionals take it upon themselves to make your company look as good as possible, and you need that kind of expertise for your business. Here’s why you need PR professionals and how to use them.

Hiring a PR team

The first thing you need to know about bringing in the professionals is what you’ll need to do in order to hire a PR firm. PR agencies typically work with invoices, and that means that you’ll need to have a decent credit score in order to enlist them. Your credit score is a numerical representation of your ability to make payments consistently and on time. This means that many businesses that charge you monthly for services that are being rendered over time will prefer that your credit score reflects your trustworthiness.

In order to meet this criterion, search for “build business credit background” in order to find proven strategies that will boost your credit score to an acceptable range before consulting with the firm of your choosing. This is a two-way street, because those agencies that are willing to accept lower credit scores may themselves be less than reliable.

How PR helps your business

Public relations is a vast field that encompasses numerous techniques that all aim to improve the image of the client business. It all starts with market research that will inform a business’s ability to meet the demands of their target market and the demographics therein. This service also serves to illustrate the relationship between PR and marketing. While the two fields are wildly different in terms of the services they entail, they both seek to endear a given business to the public, and sometimes these two fields intersect, such as in the case of market research. Another area in which marketing and PR overlap is that of spokespeople.

A spokesperson is, in a sense, a mascot. While they are flesh and blood human beings, they serve the same purpose as a fictional mascot character, that being to give a company a friendly face and a name. Spokespeople also tend to be present in various marketing materials such as advertisements. In some cases, the spokesperson for a company may be the founder of that company, and the PR service in question is the media training needed to be a spokesperson. In many cases, however, a spokesperson is a PR professional that is specifically trained to address consumers on behalf of a company that they typically have no other relationship with. The primary difference between a spokesperson and a mascot, and the appeal of the former, is that a spokesperson is more grounded by virtue of being a real person. This gives your company a sort of relatable and grounded essence, whereas a mascot is typically more outlandish and can take any shape imaginable.

PR is perhaps most commonly associated with press releases, and press releases themselves are closely associated with controversy. While it’s true that businesses deploy press releases to respond to controversial events or actions, press releases can also serve a purpose not unlike advertisements. They serve as direct written statements of any kindthat are distributed to various press outlets, and they are commonly used to make announcements concerning new products and services.

Running your own business is inherently a handful, and you’re going to need the help of various professionals. PR representatives are just one example of must have experts in their field, but they can be easy to overlook. Despite this, public relations remains an essential part of a business’s success, not unlike marketing, and this guide will illustrate what PR can do for your business.

Daily PR Updates

Essential PR industry news, opinion, and analysis delivered to your inbox daily.

Walter Bodell

RECENT ARTICLES

Trump vs. Twitter—examining the social media banishment

Trump vs. Twitter—examining the social media banishment

Last week, Twitter announced the permanent suspension of Donald Trump’s Twitter account due to the violation of company policy and the risk of further incitement of violence. This ban has come in the wake of violent riots at the U.S. Capitol, investigations, and other...