Two PR Courses coming SOON!

If you’ve been following us over on Instagram, then you may have heard that I’m launching not one but TWO – yes TWO PR courses in 2019.

Why?

Because I have a tonne of knowledge and want to share it. Simple as that. If I can help you with your PR activities, then fan-bloody-tastic.

So, what will the courses look like? Well, I’m glad you asked!

There will be a course for beginners, this is for those of you no PR experience whatsoever. Don’t know the definition of PR? Awesome! Don’t know the difference between PR, advertising and marketing? Sit right down.

The beginner’s course will cover the basics of PR and give you that very gentle nudge to start you on your PR adventure.

The second course is set at an intermediate level. So you may have dabbled in PR either with an agency, or by yourself, but the results have been… how can we put this gently… Lackluster? Shambolic? A right mess? Then pull up a chair, because we’ll cover some of the common areas where mistakes can (and often are made). We’ll also dissect a media release in the course to get you ready and raring.

I’m currently putting the finishing touches on both courses.

The beauty of both courses is that they’ll be available face-to-face in solo sessions and groups AND online for individuals and groups!

So, if you’re interested in either course I’m encouraging you to sign up to the relevant mailing list.

Why? Well if you do so now, you’ll receive an early-bird discount and all the details before ANYONE ELSE.

So if you’re interested in the beginner’s course SIGN UP HERE

If you’re interested in the intermediate course SIGN UP HERE

Looking forward to sharing details with you soon!

An intern’s perspective

As we look for a new Intern (click here more details about applying!), we’ve asked Jordyn Rankin our most recent Intern, to reflect on her experience.

 

So Jordyn, what did you expect from your internship & what was the reality of your internship experience?

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from interning with Pursuit Communications, I guess that’s because this was my first ever intern experience. So, I went into this with an open mind and an eagerness to learn, even though I knew it would be challenging, yet it would also be very valuable for my future in the PR industry.  

The PR industry is definitely portrayed in a glamorous light and I thought that I would step into this internship with an abundance of knowledge from everything I have learned at University so far. I was quick to realise that a lot of what we are taught in the classroom plays only a small part in this fast-paced industry.

Jordyn, under 100 words – describe your interning experience… 

The reality of my experience, over the 10 months I was with Pursuit proved that practical experience in the PR industry is so important whilst studying at University. I got to see first hand all the time, effort and hard work that goes into having a PR business in order to be successful. I know I have a lot more to learn, however interning with Pursuit has confirmed my passion for PR!

 

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Jordyn Rankin

 

With this in mind, do you think Intern experiences should count towards university credit points?

I think that every University should encourage more students to undertake internships because the benefits are endless. However, in my opinion, the most important benefit is that it gets your foot in the door, gets your name out there and is a way of networking and forming relationships, which is so important to do.

Real-life experience has personally given me a lot more confidence and motivation to succeed and now I’m able to add an internship on my resume, which is also a huge bonus. Brooke (Founder of Pursuit Communications and Central Coast Chronicle) has been an amazing mentor and from day one, I always felt supported in my work and my ideas. With her help, I can now go into my next internship or job interview with some real industry examples and knowledge that will set me apart from the rest.

Where do you see the PR industry moving in the next three to five years?

This is a very hard one to predict because of how fast the industry is evolving and how much the web and social media revolutionises the way the PR industry operates. Having also studied Marketing at Tafe I can definitely see both PR and Marketing complimenting each other and becoming more integrated. Utilising both of these disciplines is definitely proving the overall success of businesses today in reaching its target markets. As a result, I think there will always be a demand for experienced, result driven PR practitioners.

 

How so?

The PR industry is a lot more than just press releases and getting the word out to journalists. (If you’re still thinking that it’s just media releases, you really need to chat to Pursuit – some of the ideas Brooke comes up with for her clients are absolute “WOW-factor!”)

So following this line of thinking, PR is becoming more popular for businesses (well I think so!) because of the multitude of ways a message can be executed. PR isn’t advertising, nor is it like marketing. It’s all about storytelling and shaping an image of a certain product, service, event, or organisation. Therefore, PR gives businesses an exciting way to stay connected with their customers (both existing and potential) and an opportunity to educate the general public about what it is they do – in (perhaps) an unconventional way. 

Any tips for those considering starting an internship program?

The sooner you start interning the more you will get out of your degree and the more experienced you’ll be entering the workforce after University. You will learn so much more by gaining practical experience, so step out of your comfort zone, ask questions (there are no right or wrong questions) and make your resume stand out above the rest. 

Finally, interning is also a lot more than just showing up and doing what you’ve got to do. It’s about being proactive in the office, anticipating what might be happening and asking if you can help (go above and beyond!) it’s also about getting to know what other PR agencies are out there and what they’re all about so I highly recommend researching, talking to people and attending networking events!! It will hugely benefit you and your future as a PR practitioner during your time at University and also when you step foot into the real world.

Brooke’s note: Jordyn, thank you for what you added to Pursuit and to the launch of Central Coast Chronicle. You were here at a critical time for both businesses and your ability to adapt and “switch gears” from “PC” to “CCC” at a moment’s notice was very much appreciated. I wish you continued success with your studies and entering the workforce.

How to PR in 2019

It’s a hectic time of year, there are functions to attend, end of year reports to be completed not to mention all of your personal commitments. What’s the best way to get ahead in 2019? Read on… 
We’ve made a list why taking advantage of our new year offer from Pursuit will give you and your business the edge in 2019. 

  • We will create a tailored pitch for your business. It will be completed by PR professionals. All you have to do is provide some details as to what you would like Pursuit to promote to our extensive list of relevant media contacts.
  • Pursuit will enhance your business profile with these contacts 
  • It will give you the chance to receive one-on-one advice from the Pursuit team to improve your PR communications strategy
  • Pursuit will help your business gain media coverage, reach your target audience with a great platform to generate sales
    Overall, Pursuit will give your business that much needed and desired head start in the New Year.

NOW is the time to inspire your audience as to WHY they should engage with your business in 2019 and beyond and Pursuit Communications will help with just that.

Public Relations can make a huge contribution to the success of your business, so teaming with Pursuit in the lead up to the new year is the most cost-effective way to market your business. 

Let Pursuit generate the media attention and brand recognition your business deserves 2019. 

 

New Year package details

 

Insta tips from our Intern

Our Intern Jordyn has created a list of the ways to make your Instagram profile stand out. 

Image quality is my number one tip. Make sure the image is high quality (not blurry) and it looks good on your grid (ask yourself does it flow with the image before it?) and matches with the overall aesthetic.
Hashtags are a great way to reach a niche audience. Use a few of the most important hashtags where appropriate within the caption and then paste up to 30 hashtags in the first comment of your post.
Stories are a fun way to engage your audience in recent activity. Share ‘behind the scenes’ content or get creative with campaigns and videos i.e. share a sneak peak of your ‘new post’ on your grid to redirect your followers to your insta page.
These Insta tips are important in boosting engagement of your targeted audience and current followers. Ensure you use the best quality camera that is available to you, a professional camera would be the ideal option for maximum aesthetics of your grid.
Instead of using ‘general‘ hashtags, use hashtags that are directed more toward the audience you want to reach i.e. hairdresser and add the location on the end and this way it is easier to reach your niche audience.
Make sure to utilize all the options that stories provide you i.e. the hands-free option is a great way to make short videos of recent activity or a way to discuss your latest project with your followers and overall making your stories look more professional.
Finally, have fun with it, you don’t want to get too bogged down in the specifics!

The differences between PR and Marketing

Our intern Jordyn takes a look at the differences between Public Relations and Marketing in this week’s blog post.

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Public Relations V Marketing

This is a common question that often arises and to put it simply, an answer that comes with multiple layers, therefore deserving a better explanation.

Public relations holds various definitions, however, it could be referred to as “deepening the connection an entity has with people who matter most to the businesses success”. In other words, PR is all about establishing, growing and maintaining reputation. Marketing, on the other hand, to put it bluntly, is about ‘’selling stuff’’.  

That said, there will always be crossover within public relations and marketing. Marketers still place importance on reputation while PR people are also interested in selling stuff. However, some marketers will still put sales ahead of reputation just as a portion of PR people will put reputation ahead of sales.

By way of comparison, the corporate communication side of PR tends to be more long-term in nature and more focused on building relationships with businesses. This might include functions for managing issues, communication corporate initiatives and building relationships with stakeholders. Importantly, there is always likely to be corporate and marketing crossover communication activities.

To generalise the two, marketers prefer pushing one-way promotional messages directly to consumers whereas, PR people prefer sparking conversation through a two-way engagement directly to consumers as well as third-party influencers.

All that aside, marketers will often hire PR people to add value to a campaign but in some organisations, PR will lead the way.

 

 

The inspiration for this post came from: 
https://www.smartcompany.com.au/marketing/the-differences-between-pr-and-marketing/?utm_campaign=SUS&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Welcome Usain Bolt

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would know that Olympic champion Usain Bolt has arrived on the NSW Central Coast (where we’re based!) for an indefinite training period with our local football team, the Central Coast Mariners.

This is a fabulous opportunity for businesses large and small to capitalise on Usain’s stay here on the Coast – here we share a few ways to do just that.

 

  1. Highlight the speed of service – We know how fast Usain is, why not highlight how fast your delivery process is, or perhaps how quickly your product or service cuts time down for customers.
  2. If you’re based on Coast – “Welcome Usain” – think of the creative ways you could invite Usain to your venue
  3. Send a gift to Usain – take images of what you’re sending and share on social media
  4. New service offering – just like Usain – expanding his capabilities, now’s the perfect time to share the new offerings from your business. Speaking of which have you seen OUR new business? Central Coast Chronicle is our new business, it’s the perfect platform to connect with businesses, share event details (to avoid diary clashes) and promote your business all in one convenient location.

 

How to make headlines – when you don’t have one!

So you’re looking to get your business some media coverage… How do you do it when you don’t have any news of your own?

Here’s two quick fire ways to get the media looking your way.

  1. Comment on exisiting media topics

This comes with a caveat, don’t comment on an issue that isn’t related to your business, or you have no expertise in the area. If however, you have the appropriate qualifications to comment then make some dot points, and think about what exactly it is you’d like to contribute to the conversation.

Before you do anything, re-read your dot points, run these past your marketing team / Directors /Supervisors etc and ensure they’re on-message for your business /brand.

2. Repurpose exisiting content

Do you have research that could be shared via podcast? Look for industry related podcasts and email the presenters /producers.

Have you hosted a webinar? Perhaps the content for that could be turned into an e-book.  Then create a media release about this e-book. Too easy!

If you’d like ideas for your business to secure the media exposure it deserves, contact us today.

Instagram Apps we’ve recently discovered

I’ve been searching for apps to up our Instagram game.

 

Here’s a list of a few that we thought might help YOU.

Hype Type

They Say: “Hype your Stories with automatically styled and designed motion typography.

Stand out.
Don’t use those tired tools that everyone else uses and expect your content to shine bright, like a diamond.

Short of words? We got you.
With the tap of a magical little button automatically pull random, meaningful quotes to give context to your story that may have not been there to start. ”

We Say: An awesome app to take your Instagram stories to the next level.

Adobe Spark

They Say: “Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile graphic design app. Easily create beautiful images, videos, and web pages that make you stand out on social”

We Say: This is our GO-TO app for all things social. Trust us on this one and download the app immediately, if not sooner!

Cut Stories

They Say: “Just import a long video, and CutStory will cut it up and save it in your smartphone’s camera roll as fragments of 15 seconds or any other length”

We Say:  Genious! Who hasn’t wanted their video to stop cutting out on Insta Stories, right at a critical moment?

Also, take a look at Continual which does the same thing!

 

Tell me, what apps are you loving at the moment? I’d be interested to discover more!

 

 

Not a cookie cutter approach

I was talking to a potential client recently and mentioned that Pursuit’s core value is that Pursuit doesn’t offer a “cookie cutter approach” service agency. (I have noticed the irony that every time I mention this to a potential client, it’s the only element that is a “cookie cutter” approach!)

This value was the very reason why I started Pursuit. It’s my belief and experience that if you work with a business to deliver a service they need, the relationship will stand the test of time.

What works for one company, won’t work for another.

It’s that simple.

Budgets are different, values are different, goals are different, therefore the service I’m offering should be different and ultimately, the cost for our services will be different.

That’s why I’ve created a few offerings that will help guide businesses into making the right decision.

“What is Public Relations? How will it benefit me?” is a one-on-one consultation with me (Pursuit Founder, Brooke Simmons). I will ask you key questions to help you decide if indeed it is Public Relations that you need, and if it is, how it can help your business.

You’ll walk away with three Public Relations tactics that will help your business and a summary of consultation notes.  45-minute session.

The next offering “Which Social Media Channel is for me?” We understand that with so many options available for businesses, it can be a daunting decision.

I will help YOU select the social media channel that will deliver maximum results for your business.

I will also provide tips on how to integrate social media into your current marketing plan.

PLUS I will make recommendations for next best steps and materials you’ll need to get up and running. 60-minute session.

I created these services, with our core value in mind and to guide businesses of all sizes through the minefield that can be Public Relations and Social Media.

Tell me – what do you like about personalised service?

I’d love to hear in the comments below.

The changing role of PR

This year more than ever, my daily tasks have been so varied, that I’ve found it difficult to really pinpoint as to what exactly a “typical” day in my “PR” universe looks like.

To give you an example, I’ve made calls to the media pitching media releases and following up media releases (standard activity), I’ve created a send-out campaign (somewhat standard, pending on the client’s needs) (I’ll share more details about that send out soon!), I’ve approached businesses on behalf of another client to form partnerships and a ton of social media activities. Beyond all of this, I’ve assisted with financial forecasting and assisted with plans for new businesses.

As I said, it’s all part of the changing role and services that a PR agency can deliver.

THIS ARTICLE encapsulates this sentiment. 

Do you work in PR?

Have you found your role changing?

Let me know in the comments below.