Doing PR differently – really?

Let me set the scene: Over the years I’ve seen many PR agencies launched and spruiked. Some of them stick around to be long-term and successful players, others fold or merge. I’ve also seen – particularly in Adelaide – established public relations agencies thrive over twenty years or more. I’m regularly amazed by the number…

The defensive PR practitioner

I was part of a PR panel on ABC radio recently.  (I had to take care to squeeze the headphones on over my hair, held up in a bun). In our discussion of public relations, the focus was on those media managers who ‘block’ or deflect queries from journalists rather than responding swiftly and helpfully….

Ricky Gervais is right (and wrong) about the local paper

In Ricky Gervais’s latest TV series, After Life, he’s a writer at a free community newspaper. After several grumpy episodes interviewing local people about their so-called “stories”, Ricky’s character has an epiphany. He says ‘everybody deserves to be in their local paper’ at least once in their lives. It’s a lovely thought – in what…

Do we need PR in 2019?

With 13 days until 2019, let’s turn our attention to whether organisations still need PR. The short answer: yes. The longer answer: hell, yes. As long as reputation, stakeholders and relationships are important to organisations – across nonprofits, private enterprise, government and more – PR will continue to be useful and valuable. [Related reading A…

Your goal is: be SMARTER

One of the great benefits of teaching public relations at a university is the regular reminders I receive of the standards I should be striving for as a PR consultant. This was brought home to me this past week, as I assessed the communication strategies submitted by post-grad students as part of an assignment. As…

Changes in journalism impacting PR

In a recent PR Daily post, Mike Schneider wrote of the ‘4 ways journalism changes are affecting PR’.  While based on the US experience, the piece has relevance for the Australian PR practitioner. Scheider recounts that “nearly a quarter of jobs in the industry have vanished in less than 10 years” in the US. It’s…

5-minute crisis comms

Or: how to begin your crisis communications plan in five minutes This year I’ve signed on several new clients (welcome aboard, all!) and along with devising happy new PR plans together, I’ve been turning us towards darker thoughts. Like: what could possibly go wrong in your organisation? And what would you say if things did?…

Happy little Vege-stunts

Can you hear the Down Under lyrics being rewritten? “He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite ice cream …” Vegemite’s marketing and PR team must be pleased with the spike in brand mentions since it began sharing a story yesterday about a Vegemite icy pole. Brace yourselves Australia… it’s time for VEGEMITE Icy Poles!…

Why am I on your media list?

I’m in the interesting position of being both a PR consultant and – apparently because of this blog, Prakkypedia – part of the media. At least, that’s according to the emails regularly hitting my inbox. Several times a week, I receive emailed media releases or media pitches from a wide variety of firms with a…

Four ways to make a PR pro cry

Now, I’m sure most readers don’t actually want to make a public relations practitioner cry … But as someone who’s worked in PR, in some form or another for many years now, I’ve got a pretty good handle on what can upset, flummox and depress us. This list relates in particular to those who work…