Good Public Relations campaigns are developed through well thought out planning and research. The objective of a public relations campaign is to raise brand awareness of a product and foster a long-lasting brand reputation, but what makes a PR campaign effective? Here are some key points to consider in your next campaign.
Establish focused objectives
You will need to set clear objectives to help you stay on track. Your goals should be attainable but don’t shy away from being ambitious. Defining your goals allows your brand to focus on what they want the PR campaign to achieve so you can then define your audience, determine the appropriate campaign to achieve these objectives. A key tip is to have measurable goals to evaluate success. A good way to keep on track is to create S.M.A.R.T objectives.
Know your target audience
When executing a PR campaign, brands must consider their target audience and tailor the campaign to appeal to them. Your target audience is the group of people who are likely to be interested in your products, services, and ideas. Take adequate time to understand who your audience is, what they want or need and their spending potential. Knowing your target audience is critical to ensure your plan is effective.
Choose the appropriate platform
Choosing the ideal platform has less to do with your business and more about where your ideal customers are. Your goals and target audience will define the type of content you want to make public and the media that is most effective for your brand. Brands need to be aware of this before investing in a platform since all are not created equal. Small businesses cannot afford a large advertising budget so their advertising budget must be working for them. When you narrow down your target demographics you will be able to narrow down the best avenue to reach them.
Make sure it’s measurable
Having specific goals allows you to measure your campaign’s success and evaluate whether the activities created are achieving the desired impact. Depending on the desired outcome, whether an increase in sales or followers, having specific aims will help you determine whether you have succeeded. Collecting and analyzing campaign metrics is essential in keeping track of performance and becoming adaptable to obstacles. Implementing measurable metrics throughout the length of the campaigns means that you can adjust your strategies as you go along so you do not waste your time and budget on activities that will not give you the results that you want.
Establish a timeline
Now that you have decided on what you want to do and how you want to do it, it’s important to attach a realistic timeline. Assign attainable dates to the PR strategy and stick to them. This way, you won’t end up two weeks behind your schedule.
Know your competition
One way to stay ahead of the competition is to know who they are. Take note of what your biggest threat is doing. Assess their PR activities and make a note of their successes and mistakes. While you won’t directly copy your competitor’s PR strategy if a strategy seems to be working for them, see if you can incorporate something similar into your campaign. However, if you see them lacking in a certain area, you can know what not to do or how to tweak it to your advantage.
Budget for the campaign
Additionally, another step will be to prepare a budget for the plan. This helps to determine costs and opportunity for potential scale back. Knowing the investments needed ahead of time so that you best understand what you can and cannot accomplish.