I often hear from colleagues that they believe public relations (though they don’t always call it that) is as important as managing a business’ finances. Yet, when it comes time to actually launch a formal communications effort, suddenly PR is a “nice to have, but not necessary” activity. I have been a professional communicator for more than 25 years. To save you lost time, if you have any of the symptoms below you need to run, not walk, to the nearest PR firm. You are missing or losing business every day.
- You can’t remember or seem to focus your message. Or worse, it changes every few weeks.
- You see or read about your competition more often than you read or see your own company’s news.
- You repeatedly hear surprise from potential customers that you exist or that you offer what you offer.
- You hear things out of your employees mouths on the phone, in trade show booths, in the media, and in sales calls that make you wonder who they work for (because it can’t be your company).
- Your Web site hasn’t gone uder a message and content refresh in more than 5 years.
- People are talking about you, publicly, and you feel it isn’t too bad so why get into it?
- You think social media is for the birds and just a fad.
- You have no communications staff, haven’t hired any communications help, and trust that everyone is just “doing their best at telling our story” and that “good enough is enough.”
But, this wouldn’t apply to you, would it?