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  • Creativity in PR: Too Focused on the Big Idea?
    By Mark Pinsent, Managing Director Europe, The Hoffman Agency I’ve been mulling the idea of creativity in public relations lately. It was prompted by a decision not to enter an award scheme specifically focused on creativity, not because I don’t think we do creative work — far from it — but because the awards sponsor stated that they aimed to reward “those who create the ‘big idea’ and make it happen.” I’ve nothing against the big idea, and the creative thinking that goes into it. But I do think too much focus is given to single creative ideas, as opposed to the ongoing need for creativity that forms the core of many (maybe most) PR and communications programmes. The ongoing need for creativity in public relations Take a media relations campaign, for example, or ongoing content creation for a corporate blog. While there will certainly be some key themes within these that align to the client company’s business strategy and focus, there’s not always one central creative idea that everything else hangs off. Rather, there’s a relentless need for constant creativity, aligning the external business (or political, economic or cultural agenda) with the client’s business, shaping compelling stories that engage the audience creatively, while delivering some clear messages. Now I’m biased, obviously, because more of our work takes this form than looking for the single big creative idea (though not all). But personally, I think that as much creative energy needs to be applied in this structure as in finding one winning creative concept, although it can be difficult to present in an aggregated form as creativity (for instance, in an award entry). Tips for structuring a creative PR programme In ongoing campaigns — whether designed for media relations or owned content creation — I think there are a few processes and behaviours that can definitely help: A clear strategic framework. Creativity for creativity’s sake isn’t useful; it needs to be directed. A well-defined strategy focuses the creation of stories and content on subjects that align to the organisation’s objectives, allowing creativity to roam free within the borders of the strategy.   Constant review of external inputs. One of the strengths of good PR people is the ability to place our clients’ businesses, products and solutions in the context of external factors, be they economic, cultural, ethical or political. It comes through decades of needing to convince journalists of the value of a story, and is equally as useful in creating owned content. But it requires a passion for consuming other content.   A culture of discussion and debate. Great creative ideas can come in isolation, of course (riding a bike, walking in the park, taking a shower), but often they come through sharing and discussing the inputs highlighted above. That can happen naturally amongst a team, depending on the layout of an office and proximity of people, but defining times and places for it can also be useful.   An editorial workflow. The ongoing process of creating stories and content requires management, and acting in a similar way to a publication’s editorial team — with regular meetings to discuss ideas and document their progress from conception to publication — is a good way to ensure that individual ideas are captured, checked against strategy and progressed (or dismissed). Plenty of tools exist to help, with Trello being one of our favourites.   The proof of the pudding is in the eating, of course, and handily enough I have some for you. The tips listed above are those we employ in the work we do for our client, Axis Communications, for… Read more »

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  • Tech Journalists in Hong Kong Share Insights with PR in Mind
    Hong Kong continues to serve as an important media hub for Asia. With this in mind, Alessandra Tinio, an account director in our Hong Kong office, summarized a panel she attended that featured three tech journalists: Lulu Yilun Chen: Senior reporter with Bloomberg in Hong Kong, covering technology. A regular commentator on Bloomberg TV and […] The post Tech Journalists in Hong Kong Share Insights with PR in Mind appeared first on Chicken Rice for the Soul. Read more »

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  • Top PR and Storytelling Posts in H1, 2019 (Part 2)
    The Art Of Storytelling In Business Communications And Public Relations. Techniques For Effective Business Communications. Monday’s post captured five of the 10 top posts this year (so far). Here are the remaining posts.   6. Game of Thrones Depicts the Best of Persuasive Language The final season of Game of Thrones played out this year. Rather than focus on the Iron Throne, we turned our attention to persuasive language, specifically ...more The post Top PR and Storytelling Posts in H1, 2019 (Part 2) appeared first on Ishmael's Corner ~ Storytelling Techniques For Business Communications. Read more »

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The emphasis on visuals combined with words makes for crisp storytelling


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