I never, ever thought Id write a post about the value of traditional (I don’t put PR in my title much any more; I prefer the business-to-business social media marketing moniker.) I was all up in arms over a he got from a PR firm about a new buzz word its trying to create, called PRkting.
That threw me into a tailspin, and heres why:
Public relations is its own discipline. Yes, now more than ever with marketing.
Ergo WE DO NOT NEED TO CALL OURSELVES A CUTESY B.S. DESCRIPTOR.
Maybe the ergo was supposed to swing the other way; in this instance it swung directly into the quagmire of bad ideas.
Public relations practitioners have gotten, get and will always earn a bad rap; especially if theyre behind the . If youve been following any posts , at , at or at , then youll know how bad its been for we in PR.
Putting a stupid, trendy buzz word moniker on what public relations should be to disguise all the bad and to tap the good from marketing is not the answer. What is the answer is doing good, traditional PR to earn respect. That way people in marketing and business and the C-suite and corner office can understand the value of public relations.
Good Old Traditional PR
An , cofounder & TeaEO of Honest Tea, July 23, 2012 is a perfect example of traditional public relations at its finest.
Mr. Goldman, to be sure, did not pick up the phone and pitch the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal all by his lonesome. After all, hes TeaEO and thats his title, no lie.
The TeaEO of wouldnt have thought of aligning a current business issue in an op-ed based on a proposal by NYC Mayor Bloomberg to ban sugar-sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 oz. After all, Mr. Goldman is in a corner office running his business.
Mr. Goldman, TeaEO of , is likely not the brilliant writer depicted in the Wall Street Journal op-ed, although one cannot be sure. His smarts are more than likely attributed to solid business sense to launch Honest Tea 14 years ago with five thermoses and a belief that consumers were thirsty for a lower-calorie natural and organic beverage.
And, so, I bring you three solid reasons why traditional public relations is squarely behind 75 percent of op-eds you read in national newspapers (that stat is totally unsubstantiated).
Do you think the TeaEO (I bet youre tired of hearing that title, eh?) of an entrepreneurial company knew innately how to land an op-ed in a national print daily business newspaper or did he perhaps rely upon professionally trained, strategic public relations practitioners who knew to:
- Seize Mayor Bloombergs timely proposal about anti-sugar drinks in large containers and make a case for Honest Tea which already has made a sizeable capital investment to conform to current New York City regulations?
- Challenge the NYC mayor to consider and reverse his expensive business proposition that would wreak havoc on a business that provides tea in 16.9 oz bottles to city restaurants.
- Write a coherent and thoughtful op-ed with action orientation that has readers siding with the TeaEO.
- Pitch the piece to a department in the Wall Street Journal typically so absolutely unapproachable AND get it accepted for publication.
Perhaps you hadnt thought of what goes on behind an op-ed until now. Trust me when I tell you, that public relations by strategic practitioners make these elements happen on a daily basis; its just that you dont know it. And, trust me when I tell you this when you see a PR person trying to appear on the frontlines and earn credit for this type of work, run the other way; fast.
Our role is to make our clients and company spokespeople look good on the frontlines; were never in the limelight ourselves.