PR Planning Tips
Our good friends at The Media Trust have written some top tips on how to write a PR plan. Read the information below, or download the pdf.
Public Relations is about reputation; the result of what you do, what you say and what others say about you”. Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Planned PR is the most effective PR. This guide, aimed at those in the public or not for profit sectors, outlines how you can develop a PR strategy to help you promote a service or facility, launch a new initiative, run a campaign, or put together a programme of ongoing PR activity.
Aims and objectives – put in place measurable objectives for your strategy or campaign.
Audience – Who should you be talking to?
At the very least it should be the people who use your services and the people who influence them. This could include potential and existing funders and commissioners, family and advisers of service users, the media, political and professional stakeholders, pressure and local groups.
Why should people use your services?
What do you want to be saying? Use your organisations positioning and/or mission statement, any ‘points of differentiation’ plus messages you want to get across about key issues to develop 4 – 6 core messages about your organisation or campaign. Further messages can be developed about specific initiatives but try and keep them to about three.
Parents for Children is the only charity in the UK providing fostering and adoption services for children with disabilities
In one of the wealthiest cities in the world; London, 1 in 5 children (in inner London) and 1 in 6 children (in outer London) are living in poverty
There are 7000 children in the UK who have fetal alcohol syndrome; a lifelong condition caused by their motherís drinking alcohol whilst pregnant
Looking through your stakeholders eyes
One of the best sources of finding out about yourself are from your service users and stakeholders. If you are developing a PR strategy for your organisation, try and carry out some research with your stakeholders to help you define and refine your messages, help you understand what appeals and what you could improve and how best to communicate with them.
What communications tools are you currently using?
Are you targeting the right media with the right messages? Do you let them know about what you are doing, about new services, your success stories? Are you making the most of your website and social networking sites? Do you enter awards and speak at key stakeholder conferences?
Putting together a PR strategy
Armed with this information you can put together a plan. This should include an overview of your organisation and/or campaign, your aims and objectives, target audiences and messages and identify a strategic approach.
It should also help you to pinpoint what public relations and marketing activity you can achieve within your resources and budget.
Resources and budget
What resources do you have in-house to help you? Do you have a website, regular electronic or printed newsletters? Do you exhibit at conferences? Do you have promotional literature, or an annual report?
If you are running a campaign, can temporary staff be bought in to help, or can you commission external expertise from designers, PR people etc.
What budget do you have for campaign or promotional literature, a launch event, photography, advertising, exhibitions, an e-marketing campaign?
If you can’t measure the effectiveness of what you are doing, you shouldn’t be doing it! Agree outputs and evaluation mechanisms and then make sure you review how well you are doing on a regular basis. If you find a particular activity is doing well then put more resources into it, if you are not getting the return you want, then you might not want to carry out the activity again.
More how to guides:
How to write a press release
How to evaluate PR
For any more information, check out The Media Trust’s website