Getting publicity depends on having something to offer that’s different and can’t be had anywhere else. This in turn relies on a unique blend of personality, innovation and expertise. In fact all the qualities that form the foundation of a successful enterprise.
So what are you waiting for?
Many businesses find it hard to go past first base when it comes to publicity for many reasons. Planning and running a press release campaign takes time, creative energy, and lots of perseverance.
Knowing what you want to achieve with a campaign is the easy part. Even defining your target audience isn’t too much of a challenge for businesses who understand their clientele. But brainstorming to come up with a newsworthy message that the media will want to run is a big hurdle.
Here’s a publicity planning model that will work for any small business.
Instead of getting stuck at the hurdle, try removing it – at least for the time being.
What if you didn’t have to get the media hooked at all?
What if you could put your messages out directly to your audience?
What if you could harness your enthusiasm and expertise – and that of your staff – to communicate directly to each prospective client one-on-one?
This is the kind of publicity that is now possible through blogging on a search-optimised site. Commenting on Undara.com.au, a blog-enabled website set up by OM4Tourism, Undara’s Marcus Brady said:
What we love about it is the ability to have a two-way conversation with our target audience. We can talk to them whenever we need to communicate anything.
How do you know they’re listening? Because you can measure sign-ups to your blog, and you can use integrated analytics to see how many visitors come to which pages on your site and how long they stay – this includes your blog posts. Marcus reported:
Last week we broke our daily visitor record with 174 in one day, and over 70 per cent of our visitors are finding us for the first time, which is great. The more visitors we get, the more opportunities we have to sell.
Yet this isn’t marketing – this is telling your story, in the same way that an editorial or broadcast tells a story. Marcus again:
Instead of talking like a marketer, I’m appreciating the value of presenting authentic personalities, which reflect what we do so much more effectively.
The long-term effect is to build your authority in your niche area, so not only are you more likely to convert visitors to clients, but when a journalist is researching a story, or a relevant news issue arises, they are more likely to turn to you for additional story content.
Business blogging is therefore an excellent publicity strategy in its own right. But this is only part of the publicity model.
Your blog is a new source of publicity ideas.
Once you get into the swing of blogging about your news, new products and services, industry issues, innovations and the story behind your business, media messages will begin to jump out of the screen at you. Your blog becomes a natural springboard for media campaigns.
When you realise you’ve blogged a message that the media will want to hear, turn it into a press release and shoot it out to your media contacts. Do this regularly and they’ll start to sit up, take notice and come to your site to find out more.
So take some of the creative energy you’ve been expending on brainstorming publicity ideas, and channel it into blogging about your business in your own voice conveying your contagious passion for what you do.
Not only will you attract attention online, but creating media messages will become much easier, and the hurdle won’t seem insurmountable after all.