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Basic PR tips for small startups

When you’re just setting out there with an entrepreneurial idea and limited budgets, you have a lot to handle just getting the project or platform ready, never mind choosing marketing channels or putting together an effective PR strategy. There are a few simple tips however that will help your startup attract potential online exposure, at least in a small way that will set the stage for your project growth. You don’t need to invest hundreds of hours in learning all about PR; just a few simple takeaways.

1.) Key messages are the most important thing

Key messages are the statements about your product or service that are arranged in an easy to understand fashion that quickly communicates what you are all about. If you’re not sure how to compose a key message, imagine someone asks you this question: “If you would like the world to know only one thing about your company or product, what would it be?” Whatever you answer will be your key message, or another way to understand it would be as the headline of your first press release

2.) You can use more than one key message

Usually you will have one overarching key message, which functions as your overall communication summary. However, you can use additional important messages (called sub-messages) which also convey other important information about your startup. Imagine that the key message is the headline to your press release and the 2-3 sub messages are the bullet points arranged just below your headline message.

3.) DIY PR is perfectly okay at the outset

Social media has made everyone their own publicist, so where in the past you would have had to pay a lot of money for advertising or magazine advertorials, now this buzz can spread for free over your social channels (if your messages are on point and people find them interesting).

4.) Content is important for everything

At the beginning when cash is tight, you are going to be writing everything yourself, and that’s perfectly fine.  All of the content you put on your website should support your key messages, so keep information short and sweet and make sure everything points back to your overall communication direction, which is your key message. The content will flow easily then and people will not be overwhelmed (hence bored) with pages of text.

5.) Outsource your editing or proofing to cheap freelancers

It’s always helpful to have someone else review and make slight changes to your content, as they will probably see errors to which you are oblivious. Sites like fiverr give you the option of getting semi-pro writers to look over your stuff and suggest ways it can be improved in terms of general positioning of your content and messaging.

6.) When you’re ready to up your game and grow your business

Public Relations does one thing, and that is to amplify the message. When you’re at a point when there is some interest in your startup and you really need to launch properly, this is the perfect time to engage with a PR firm.

 

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Four of the social media trends that PR need to understand

Video is now essential

Scroll down your social feeds and you will probably see the sheer number and variety of videos posted or shared on there. It’s simply the most attractive, exciting and engaging form of media you can post. A lot of people worry that they can’t produce a video due to the prohibitive cost in terms of meeting high production value standards, but it’s really not necessary; the camera on a typical cellphone now has reached such a level that it is entirely adequate for shooting quick IG and FB posts. Just make sure the content is relevant, or if not, then at least make it funny.

 

What is the ‘90/10’ content rule?

The mix ratio here refers to the proportion split for your content in terms of balancing pushy, sales-y promotional stuff versus interesting, educating, helpful or consumer-useful (valuable) content. The 90/10 rule is heavily covered in social media marketing circles, but most companies seem to be unable to stick to it. Give up on the hard sell for a bit, and just offer people something they will like, rather than posting a call-to-action twice a day (this is fatiguing, and will result in lost followers).

 

Keep it brief

All captions should be short and creatively relay information. Infographics are a great workaround if you have detailed content that is too wordy to fit into the “140 characters, six seconds rule.”

Remember, constant consumption of social media for many hours every day makes people retarded, and in the words of Ron Burgundy, that is a scientific fact; so marketers must now work within the context of appealing to people’s considerably shortened attention spans.

 

Capture attention

Just as in real life, there are several ways to win the attention or affection of passers-by (or scrollers-by, in the digital domain). You can use handsome aesthetics, charm, wit, comedy, meaningful expression or deeply profound meaning; you can post topical thoughts on a recent news item; you could even use controversy to gather some onlookers. There is no particular preferred approach, so use everything at your deployment to develop a well-rounded content mix.

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Why marketing and PR needs data science?

Regular LinkedIn users who often check the classified job ads may have noticed an increasingly common trend among marketing recruiters – jobs requiring some expertise in data science (or “Big Data scientists”). Big Data and digitally applied skills jointly provide better analysis of business/ consumer results (or any shortfalls in this area); and, such skills also help to extrapolate and zone in on those who are likely to be interested in the client’s products and service offering. Several tech magazines have identified this type of job role as being “better paying than medicine” as a career path, with a future focus in app creation to look for pattern-seeking and data crunching knowledge: “This trend for data scientists mimics the trend for digital specialists that happened earlier at the turn of the millennium.” (Wired US).

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PR awards industry recognition for Thailand’s best PR agency.

Vivaldi has been named as Thailand’s top PR agency in the area of sports by the Asia 2016 Sports Industry Awards. The company won the award for its work in Thailand, having delivered superb communication results for major sporting events such as the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta (agency of record for 11 years), and The Music RunTM (reappointed for the 3rd consecutive year).

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The informal slang of digital business.

English is the language of business and of science, of medicine, law and literature. It is simultaneously sophisticated, simple, elegant, powerful. Something that has developed slowly over aeons to become the primary means of communication has been refined to a perfect art and science, the spirit of pure and essential communication, politeness and human progress.

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Outbrain and Taboola, the flotsam and jetsam of awful internet ads.

When was the last time you saw an ad in a website footer that linked to something credible and relevant? Or even something that wasn’t complete garbage? Masquerading as “promoted stories” or “around the web,” most web sites that employ these revenue streams are quick to add disclaimers, stating that external content is nothing to do with the host site.

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Facebook is totally relevant for B2B marketing.

Businesses that shun the frivolity of Facebook for B2B marketing could be losing out on influencing profitable business decisions. The latest findings of a recent survey report suggest companies that make assumptions about Facebook’s B2B marketing power are off point and inaccurate about how purchasing decisions are actually made in the real corporate world.

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5 reasons sponsored ads are good PR.

Your PR agency will always try to convey the exact message you wish to express to media and the market, but there are times when your appointed communications team will try to steer you away from certain ways of describing your company or your products. There are a handful of terms which can really grate when press releases are read by editors. Here are a few standouts that crop up every day on every media desk in Thailand.

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You’ve still got mail in 2016!

Smartphone use is reinvigorating email marketing and SMEs are upping the time, energy and budgets to reach markets via their inboxes. The time to start an email campaign is now. That’s the message being broadcast in the 2016 Email Marketing Insights Study.

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9 tips for media relations success.

How do you get your marketing message not only heard but relayed through publications? How do you capture the attention of busy journalists so that they publish your marketing efforts? How do you improve media relations so that your marketing strategies succeed? The media is a company’s loudspeaker, amplifying what you have to say loud and clear so your target market can hear and ultimately respond.

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