4 Reasons Why PR Boosts Marketing Results
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One thing is for certain: These are only 4 reasons why PR boosts marketing results almost immediately. Brands, business owners, and entrepreneurs often overlook PR as part of their marketing strategy. That’s a shame because one thing you’ll notice about any top-level brand in any vertical is a cohesive and integrated PR plan. Savvy CMOs whisper to one other that PR is their magic bullet, the secret sauce to their most successful marketing campaigns. Put another way: PR is only useful if you want to be recognized as the best of the best.
Why then do emerging brands ignore PR? It’s often a case of not really understanding what PR’s role is in the marketing ecosystem. That’s understandable because it’s a more nuanced form of marketing. PR and marketing are very complimentary siblings.
So how does PR boost growing brands and their marketing initiatives?
PR CREATES TRUST and SOCIAL PROOF
With competition higher than ever, and trust in businesses lower than ever, this is perhaps one of the most important roles of PR. Whether you’re in an emerging industry or an established one, PR helps your investors, bankers, stakeholders, and customers understand you better and trust you more.
It’s because you give up some creative control in PR that the reader assigns enhanced trust. You don’t WANT your press coverage to sound like an ad, you want your press coverage to sound authentically observational.
Advertising conversions go up when paired with PR.
Investment easier to secure once you’ve been in a top-rated business publication.
Customers proactively advocating for you once they see you in their favorite magazine.
That’s because everyone understands the difference between a third-party endorsement, like press coverage, and an ad. The additional layer of trust secures new opportunities and reinforces existing ones. If you’re spending money on advertising, why not boost those marketing efforts with PR?
PR BOOSTS YOUR GOOGLE RANKING AND VISIBILITY RESULTS
A modern PR firm like Avaans Media understands that PR and Marketing work together and a critical connector is your reputation on Google. Anyone even thinking of connecting with your brand whether through purchase, investments, or partnership, will absolutely begin their research with a Google search. Here’s the good news, you are in control of your Google results!
The News Section of Google is the most credible section of a Google search and that’s where you want to be. PR does that for your brand and company.
It’s “only” that. It’s those valuable inbound links to your website. Google evaluates the credibility of your inbound links and news outlets rank towards the most important of those signals. But don’t take our word for it, Google your brand and Google your top competitors, you’ll know right away that there’s the opportunity for you to create an advantage.
When your brand is in the press, you’re telling Google you take your digital reputation seriously.
360 DEGREE PRESENCE WITH PR
We live in a complicated multi-channel world. It used to be said that it took 7 touch points for people to recognize your brand. In today’s multi-channel, dual-screen world, we believe it’s closer to 12 for consumer engagement and in B2B, it’s said that up to 90% of the decision is made before a client ever talks to a salesperson. Those touch points can come from any channel you choose, but what’s most important is that it’s visible to those looking for it and that they are credible sources of information for the client, customer, or potential stakeholder.
In today’s digital world, if your brand has grand ambitions, you simply must allow PR to support your paid media. It’s the ultimate buying equation.
BOOST YOUR MARKETING WITH PR ACTIVATION
This one is a bit more strategic, but the perspective PR brings boosts marketing initiatives. Have you ever seen an advertisement or an event covered in the press? How amazing is it to take a piece of earned or paid media and activate with press coverage? It instantly elevates all your marketing efforts. Have ave you ever wondered why some things get press coverage and others do not? That’s the magic of an integrated PR and marketing perspective. PR can often give that strategic edge that creates a press-worthy event or advertisement. This is true in consumer and B2B marketing initiatives. Throughout the years, we’ve secured millions of dollars for marketing-driven initiatives because there was something notable or timely, or intuitive about the marketing initiative.
PR is like the midas of marketing, it adds value to everything it touches.
Alternatively, we have helped our clients avoid embarrassing pitfalls that could have generated negative press or created a social media firestorm. PR agencies maintain that 3rd party that is so important to helping CMOs cut through the noise. These 4 ways PR boost marketing results aren’t exhaustive, the opportunities are endless.
At Avaans Media, we take a truly holistic look at your marketing efforts and constantly identify ways for emerging and ambitious brands to maximize marketing and PR. Yes, we consistently secure press for our clients, but we’re also always looking for ways to maximize paid initiatives like SEO and advertising. Contact us today for valuable insights you can start using immediately.