The Importance of Public RelationsPublish Date: Oct 20, 2009
Public relations plays a vital role for many companies, organizations, and even individuals such as celebrities and politicians. The general goal of a public relations professional is to develop and cultivate positive relationships with the client's public and maintain a favorable image for the client. In the past, this role typically involved merely handling the news media in order to create and ensure good publicity for the client or for a client's particular product or service.
Not only can a public relations professional help determine and define a client's target market, he or she can significantly persuade and influence the mindset of the public in many ways.
Today, however, public relations is much broader and more involved. The goals of a PR professional generally include the following:
Public relations can play a crucial role when it comes to marketing. Not only can a public relations professional help determine and define a client's target market, he or she can significantly persuade and influence the mindset of the public in many ways. PR personnel can help get the word out about a current or new service or product to potential customers. They can also consult with marketing staff and help guide the direction of a marketing campaign to ensure its success.
PR is a great way to promote a product, service, or individual. The PR professional can make the most of his or her relationship with the media. This is a great advantage to the client because many people regard the media as an unbiased entity. So, if the media gives a positive story about the client or the client's product or services, it can carry a lot more weight than a company representative or an advertisement paid for by the company. Not only that, a media story or broadcast may be picked up by other media. This can lead to a significant amount of exposure in a variety of locations.
Public relations is very important to the success of the client.
As you can see, public relations is very important to the success of the client. A good PR campaign can help create awareness, foster interest, and enhance brand image, deliver important information, and help create increasing demand for their client's product or service, or even the client himself. This is why all successful businesses have great PR staff!
- Monitoring all forms of media for any comments or opinions made about one's client and/or the client's products and services
- Handling any situation which arises which could be detrimental to the client's image; the goal is to ensure the best possible outcome with the least amount of damage
- Creating and fostering goodwill between the client and the client's market or audience by way of special events, various programs, charitable endeavors, and community projects
- Interacting with the media on a regular basis via interviews, stories, press releases, etc. in order to bring positive publicity for the client and enhance the client's public persona
- Monitoring public opinion and attitudes regarding the client and providing guidance to executives and other company staff based on that information
- Address and/or manage communication with company investors
- Coordinate or set up press conferences, events involving the media, and other activities which will enhance the client's image
- Address and/or manage internal communications
- Speak to schools, colleges, and other companies about the client