Yes, PR Matters.

I love social media and the digital world like any other millennial marketer. But before Facebook and iOS Press Releases (only millennials will get this joke, sorry) there was good ol’ fashion public relations – aka PR.

Yes, PR matters and it should still remain a vital piece of your overall business strategy. If you don’t currently have a PR strategy, here are a few things you should think about to get started.

What’s the difference between PR and marketing?

Public relations is EARNED media, marketing is PAID media.

Why should I care about PR when I can pay for media placement?

Sure, you could pay for media placement. But wouldn’t you rather earn your full page article in that top magazine than pay for it? Would you trust a media publication that let you pay for good publicity?

If you want to be authentic, you have to earn your stripes. PR allows you to do that.

What exactly can PR do for my business?

Having a great PR strategy can help you earn media placement on a local, or even national level. This can help you extend your reach and potentially gain new customers.

What are some key items that should be apart of my PR strategy?

There are three keys items that should be apart of your public relations strategy:

    1. Media Kit: This should be updated per product release, new service, or new business venture.
    2. Media Contacts: Don’t abuse your contacts, and don’t be too general. Your pitch should align to the interests of the person you’re reaching out to.
    3. Crisis Communication Plan: If something goes wrong in your business, (i.e. someone gets sick from your product, your product malfunctions, someone slanders you or your company) you should have a plan in place to mitigate potential issues. Your plan should include scenarios that are relevant to your industry. For example, if you own a makeup line, you should have a plan in place for the possibility of someone getting an infection or rash from your products.

Technology will continue to advance and we will gain more and more access to one another. However, the basics are what they are – the foundation. You should find a creative way to incorporate “old school” ideas into your new age strategy.

 

‘Be Ventilated’ – It’s Story Time In the Marketing World

While brands across the board are constantly trying to tell a ‘story’ in their marketing efforts, not all of them can get it right.

Luckily for Reebok, they snagged Kendrick Lamar for a very cool ‘Be Ventilated’ commercial for their Ventilator OG shoe. Reebok, as most brands do, loves to partner with some of the hottest people in popular culture and Kendrick is definitely one of them.

Reebok has a history of helping kids in the community realize their potential is limitless. I saw what the brand was doing, and I wanted to be a part of it and make it even stronger. It’s as simple as that. Kids that listen to my music are looking for inspiration. It’s important that I continue that message in anything I represent,” said Lamar. (source: #ThisIsKendrick)

Three months ago Reebok and Kendrick Lamar created a short film directed by Anthony Mandler shot in the streets of Compton, CA that further tells the story of the new shoe and why he chose to be a part of the brand.

The trend we are beginning to notice with brands like Reebok, or what Powerade did a few months ago with Derrick Rose, is that brands are beginning to understand the art of storytelling.

Yes, brands have finally caught on that millennials don’t give a rats ass about a brand that they will never have an opportunity to be a part of. Millennials will not buy in if they cannot fit in. In order to grasp the youth you have to give them something to believe in. Those old traditional marketing tricks will no longer work.

This is why I proudly embrace the fact that my team and I are twenty-something year old entrepreneurs. We understand what the youth wants because we are a part of the culture. The youth will always win. Even when I’m in my 40’s I will have to understand that the youth will always control the tide. In order to stay relevant you have to stay with the times – and they are constantly changing.

Reebok, Powerade and Dick’s Sporting Goods in the last few years have caught on to the art of storytelling and recognize the wants of the youth which is why people buy into those brands. Sure, every brand that is generating revenue has a consumer buy-in of some sort. But a simple story can be told over and over again.

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