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Your first campaign - Will Hill



'Your first campaign' was part of the CIPR Freshly Squeezed series. To view future CIPR Freshly Squeezed events visit www.cip

'Your first campaign' was part of the CIPR Freshly Squeezed series. To view future CIPR Freshly Squeezed events visit www.cip



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Your first campaign - Will Hill Your first campaign - Will Hill Presentation Transcript

  • Your First campaign Will Hill Head of Business-to-Business Bite Communications
  • Client/business says….
    • “… ..can you give me a call, I have a situation I’d like your thoughts on.”
  • Your plan should...
    • Assume reader doesn’t know the situation
    • Demonstrate logical progression
    • Don’t jump to tactics too early
    • Be realistic about what PR can achieve
    • Develop modular budgets
    • Provide timings and responsibilities
    • Include contingency plans
    • Word for detail - PowerPoint to summarise
  • Structuring your response
    • Situation analysis
    • Objectives
    • Strategic approach
    • Audiences
    • Messages
    • Tactics
    • Success criteria
    • Budget
  • Situation analysis
    • Current situation?
    • Commercial objectives?
    • Current perceptions?
    • Desired perceptions?
    • Barriers to changing perceptions?
    • Influencers?
    • How do we engage?
    • What do we say and how?
    • What might go wrong?
    • What is success?
  • Objectives
    • Map your communications objectives to your commercial objectives
    • Ensure your objectives are realistic
    • Push back on the client/business if needed
    • Consider a phased approach
    • Ensure buy-in from decision makers and your team
  • Audiences
    • Journalists
    • Politicians
    • Regulators
    • Shareholders
    • Customers
    • Staff
    • Academics
    • Analysts
  • More tools than ever
    • Newspapers/magazines
    • Television/Radio
    • Online titles
    • Bloggers
    • Social media
    • Company websites
    • Web Forums/chat rooms
    • Conferences/speaker platforms
  • Key messages
    • No more than three key messages
    • Include proof points
    • Sample sound bites
    • Tailor for different audiences
    • Think of ITV’s ‘bongs’
    • Train your spokespeople
  • Developing your tactics
    • Establish your objectives and strategy first
    • Run structured brainstorms
    • Develop a Point of View
    • Consider the ‘red thread’
    • Throw out the budget then scale back
    • Set up a ‘cutting room’ floor facility
  • Selling tactics
    • Concept
    • Mechanics
    • Target
    • Timings
    • Desired result
  • Success - outcomes v outputs Tone of Coverage Discussion Drivers Media Prominence Brand Association Key Message Tracking Driving Web Traffic
  • Your team
    • Agree roles at the outset
    • Who decides strategic direction?
    • Who engages with each audience?
    • Who needs to be involved or just aware?
    • Who will liaise with the client/business?
  • Developing budgets
    • Take modular approach
    • Demonstrate transparency
    • Over estimate time
    • Mark up on expenses?
    • Don’t forget the little things
    • Who has financial sign off?
    • Develop fee/expense tracker
    • Written approval always
  • In the thick of it
    • Prepare your spokespeople for each opportunity
    • Let your spokespeople warm up
    • Step back at regular intervals
    • Don’t be afraid to adjust your course
  • McCain Foods
    • Situation analysis
    • Objectives
    • Strategic approach
    • Audiences
    • Messages
    • Tactics
    • Success criteria
    • Questions
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