PR Services - Alone in the dark?
PR services are regarded as held in high esteem. Sought after by many organisations, companies and prominent individuals. A PR specialist communicates with the public and media on their behalf as an extension of the company. This helps their clients create and maintain a good reputation and most importantly in the spot light. Companies always complain they are too small to be contacted or profiled by the media, whilst in reality the only reason they aren't in the PR framework is because they have not shone the spotlight on them selves. Stand out from the crowd and attract attention of both the public and media and be recognised.
The Usual PR Clients
PR services are utilised by many organisations and individuals who want to create a better image of themselves in public or create a dialogue with their clients. The most successful companies are the ones that communicate with their clients to understand the needs of the consumer and to cater to that. The most frequent clients of PR firms include:
Organisations; they utilise PR services to present their products/services and the way their organisation operates and of course, create a strong relationship with the customers
Non-profit organisations; examples include charity organisations, schools, hospitals, etc. who use PR services as a part of fund-raising events and promotional campaigns and to bring a causes their care about to their attention
Notable individuals; examples include celebrities/politicians use PR services to communicate in their behalf with the media and their fans and reputation management
Benefits of Using PR Services
PR specialists are professionals who have the knowledge and skills to communicate with the public and media. Many come from the lines of journalists and know exactly what it takes to attract public attention which is the key to success in the increasingly competitive business world. But they also know how to respond in critical situations and protect their clients’ public image and reputation.
By helping create and maintain a good reputation in the public, PR specialists and firms play an important role in the overall success of their clients. For example, an effective presentation of the products/service significantly increases the sales by presenting them in a consumer-attractive way. Politicians, on the other hand, can count on support of their voters only if they have a good reputation.
How to Utilise PR Services
Most organisations and individuals who decide to use PR services hire a PR firm or specialist only for specific tasks. Examples include presentations of a new product/service, communication with the public and media during political campaigns or fund-raising events, management of unpleasant situations and controversies, etc. But many also work with PR firms on a regular basis, while a growing number of companies and organisations have their own PR department.