Public Relations has changed vastly over the past 15 years and is no longer a profession that you can live without. It is something that should be intrinsically ingrained into every business from the get go and it can be a difficult road to travel.
Recently, I came across an article about developing and maintaining successful relationships with alumni and clients-to-be, to ensure successful selling.
Content marketing is the process of creating and providing consumers with content that is valuable, relevant and has a purpose. Your brand should be retaining loyal consumers, otherwise they may look elsewhere for what they want.
It is generally recognised that when someone has an extensive vocabulary they are more able to explain themselves and communicate with greater accuracy and clarity. Yet, does this advantage extend to career advancement and earning potential? Does having a richer vocabulary change the way we think and reason, thereby improving our cognition?
Last month actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, 25, announced that she was creating a Feminist book club named Our Shared Shelf on Goodreads. The club, which encourages anyone to join (not just women), advocates the reading of titles regarding the inspirational and thought-provoking stories of women in the world.
Public Relations has become so prominent in today’s society that there is no place where it doesn’t exist. A good PR team can be brought together with training, influencing your company’s reputation and even the reputation of an individual. Susan Croft, PR specialist and Senior Trainer at LSPR, is here to tell us about her journey through the industry and the changes within it.
Two distinct macro trends have been challenging the way brands market and engage with their customers over the last few years. The first is generally referred to as the sharing or access economy, while the second has no specific title but refers to non-transactional rewards for customer loyalty, such as encouraging gym use or other forms of self-improvement. Although I have described them in discrete terms, they are in practice very much inter-related and part of brands’ attempt to tackle the emerging post-materialistic thinking, which pervades many sections of Western society, challenging industrial unhindered consumerism.
The allure of brand extensions has always been strong, especially for the luxury sector, which operates on high gross margins. Luxury is relative — what is luxurious for someone (depending on their income) may be rather standard to someone else, so there are logically degrees of luxury. Many luxury brands have made downward extensions of their brands by developing secondary products and thus making certain items available more easily for the average consumer. A person, for example, who aspires to be able to afford a Ferrari sports car (Ferrari’s primary product), could buy a Ferrari wallet instead (secondary product) or someone who admires Gucci luggage could substitute through having a Gucci key ring.
Why we need a new approach to training in brand communications
I have attended many courses over the last decade and I have come to an increasing realisation that much training, despite its best intentions and content quality, has simply become less relevant to the rapidly emerging business environment to which it is supposedly designed to serve.
I was very distressed to learn about the catastrophic floods that have swept large parts of Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. I was shocked to witness the extent of the devastation in the region and the loss of life and property damage. Although LSPR can do little by itself to help given the magnitude, I would simply and sincerely like to express my emotional support for this region, which I love so much for its people, the beauty of its landscape and its chance of a future. All of us at LSPR will pray for a speedy recovery and hope that the correct agencies come to help in good time.