6 PR mistakes made by businesses

by Sarah

PR is a powerful tool that fledgling businesses can use to build a reputation and grow brand awareness without breaking the bank. By knowing enough to do it themselves, smaller businesses not only generate great results but are also better informed so that when they can afford to hire a PR professional, they know what to look for and how to brief and support this resource.

So, what are the 6 most common mistakes businesses make with DIY PR?

  • Not doing the groundwork: reading the target media, identifying the right journalists, understanding the community or social media channels. It's important to read, listen and learn.
  • Not thinking about the news value of any story. Is this really of interest or note?
  • Writing in sales or marketing speak. The hard sell is a real no no.
  • Not doing it regularly enough. Try to think of one good story a month for traditional media and one piece of content a week for a blog.
  • Expecting immediate sales or phone calls from one piece of coverage. Think long term relationships and credibility. You wouldn't expect a huge contract from someone you'd just met at a networking event, would you?
  • Not remembering key values. You need to know what you stand for as a business, what you offer and your business or brand personality. Don't damage your credibility or people's trust in you with inappropriate or irrelevant material or comment.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know.

1 Comment

More PR mistakes

Hi Sarah

I agree with what you say, but I'll add another two errors which I have seen happen quite frequently. The first is not getting to the news quickly enough. Journalists don't want to read half a page of rambling before they get to the news point of the release - business owners trying to go it alone should look for some examples of good press releases before they put fingers to keyboard.

Second, I've known irritated business owners to harangue their local newspaper if their news release doesn't appear. It's a surefire way to guarantee that their next release goes straight into the bin!

Not for nothing do we spend many years honing our media skills as PRs....

best wishes,

Miss Write Ltd

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