What is there to talk about?

 

#SillySeasonPR #5

What is there to talk about? #SillySeasonPR

What is there to talk about?

We’ve looked at what we want to achieve and who we want to target, but what do we have to talk about? What is news?

News is likely to be: new, different, changing, topical, useful, significant, interesting, exciting, entertaining plus a lot more.

If it just repeats old information and adds nothing new, why would anyone want to publish it?

What are you doing?

What news do you have? Think what’s happening in your business that is interesting to talk about, such as:

  • New product/service launch
  • Winning awards
  • Opening new premises
  • Employing more people
  • Starting apprenticeships
  • Hosting events
  • Exhibiting
  • Supporting community groups
  • Gaining accreditations
  • New appointments

These are common topics, but there are always more.

Are any of these linked to the summer, the weather, school holidays, anything that is happening now? Have you anything planned that will link in with future events/seasons that you can prepare your PR for now?

You could be doing something that you always do, such as manufacturing designer wellington boots and experience a surge in demand if torrential rains arrive in August (I hope they don’t). You could be producing a cricket-themed accessory that is ideal for cricket fans attending international tournaments over the summer. You would need to get press releases out about these fast before the summer flashes past.

If you’re gearing up for sales in the autumn or winter, now is the time to be preparing your PR, even if we don’t want to think about how many days are left before Christmas. The other days I saw an advert for electric heaters in a magazine when we haven’t turned our heating on for months, but the advertiser was taking the opportunity to plant the idea in the mind of anyone planning new heating or redecoration.

Do it now!

Don’t think too long or put off thinking about it at all, because opportunities flash past. If you have won a 2015 award, it is only five months until 2016 and it will start to sound out of date. Talk about in now to get maximum exposure.

Remember, opportunities pass at speed. Grab them while they’re there. I’m late publishing this tip because I got a call from a radio station one morning at 8.40am, while walking our dog, asking if I could give a live interview at 9.20am. I had to hurriedly re-arrange my schedule to take advantage of this, making notes of comments relevant to the topic so that I could reel them off on-air.

Take action

Identifying what you can talk about that is relevant and newsworthy is your tyour #SillySeason PR task #5. Good luck and do ask any questions you have.

Tomorrow: Don’t delay – check your PR deadlines today

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What can I say about my business?

When everyone else already seems to be saying everything that could possibly be said about business, there are times when the choice of going outside and enjoying the sunshine can appear preferable to thinking about something original to say about your own business.

However, no business survives without customers and most of us have to promote or advertise our products and services to attract those customers.

So what can you say that hasn’t already been said a million times before?

Ideas rarely come out of thin air, so it’s good to start with your business plan and objectives, as all communications should be based on these. If you’ve got a communications plan, this should also give some ideas of what you want to achieve.

Start by listing topics based around products, services, launches, events, achievements, changes or industry developments. If your business is seasonal, do you change your products every quarter? If your business is linked to events triggered within your industry, list key changes about to occur or important dates. If you have product launches or events, list these too.

When you’ve made your list, start to fit these to dates when you need to blog about them, issue a press release, update your web site or produce a new brochure. If you don’t already have a communications plan, this could be the basis of one.

Announcements don’t need to be major, although the appointment of a junior employee is unlikely to hit the broadsheet newspapers and you should have realistic expectations of what each piece of news is capable of achieving. That doesn’t stop you aiming as high as possible, especially when you do have a really good story.

Also, you may have a great story without knowing it. Ask colleagues or contacts what they think about specific issues. If they’re excited about them, will your audience also be interested in them? What appears uninteresting to you could be exciting to your audience.

By creating a store of ideas, which you can add to regularly, you’ll never be short of an interesting topic to write or talk about.

After yesterday’s blog, have you thought about how well you check your written material?

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