4 Tips For Surviving in the PR Industry

Now more than ever the PR industry is filled with competition. Those that have been in the business for years must compete with their peers as well as PR newbies who are looking for their big break. Getting in the industry is challenging, but the hardest part is maintaining your reputation and work ethic. As public relations practitioners, (especially those in the entertainment industry), you must remain professional, yet creative. You can’t be afraid to take a risk or make the first move in terms of approaching potential clients. Also, you must make sure that you maintain your relationships with the media. Reporters, editors and bloggers hold the key to both you and your clients success. The following are tips to help you survive within the industry.

1) Be Innovative- Anyone can disseminate information through writing a press release and hitting the send button in an email. You must find ways to send out the message in a creative way. Even if you are submitting a press release, media kit, etc make sure that it stands out to the receiver.

2) Know how to Multitask-  Writing is a very key component in this industry. But it is not enough to know how to write, a publicist must also have know how to manage  social media pages, take pictures for clients, shoot and edit video and create an effective PR campaign. Having this knowledge will allow you to provide your clients with more services and gain a competitive advantage.

3) Always market yourself and build your brand- It is important that as you build credibility and a reputation among your clients, that you keep track of the work that you have done. Post Tweets daily  about past clients, media placements and interviews. Continuously update your resume’ and keep in touch with your contacts in both the media and PR world. Invite other publicists out to events and network. They may know someone who needs PR, but does not fit into their scheme. Never sell your self short and be confident in your work.

4) Be Aggressive- If there is a client that you really want to work with, go for it! Don’t be afraid to sell yourself to them on Facebook, Twitter, and in his/her email.

These tips will not only help you to survive in the industry, but they will also help you to expand your network and grow in your profession.

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