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Pacific Advertising Specialties
(406) 761-2392
503 1st Ave N Ste 202
Great Falls, MT
 
Q Business Source
(406) 761-2392
503 1st Ave N
Great Falls, MT
 
Lodestone Advertising
(406) 761-0288
318 Central Ave
Great Falls, MT
 
Market Research Group-Joe Seipel
(406) 452-8213
508 2nd Ave S
Great Falls, MT
 
Northern Sales Company Inc
(406) 453-1833
55 Gibson Flats Rd
Great Falls, MT
 
Crossroads Solutions
(406) 727-5046
2 5th St N Ste 204
Great Falls, MT
 
Imagefitters
(406) 453-7950
313 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT
 
Product Development
(406) 454-2292
300 3 Nw
Great Falls, MT
 
North Country Media Group
(406) 771-4100
721 2nd St S
Great Falls, MT
 
Centennial Management Srvcs
(406) 453-6045
7228 Fourth Ave N
Great Falls, MT
 

What Is "Best Practice" Public Relations?

by Robert A. Kelly

Why, public relations that stays true to its fundamental premise, of course.

In a nutshell, "People act on their own perception of the facts before them, which leads to predictable behaviors about which something can be done. When we create, change or reinforce that opinion by reaching, persuading and moving-to-desired- action those people whose behaviors affect the organization, the public relations mission is accomplished."

In my view, when you adhere to that, you can't go wrong!

Even those who believe public relations is just a bunch of communications tactics, can improve their performance because the premise and its strategy will keep those tactics on the straight and narrow.

How? The premise requires that tactics be selected on the basis of (1) knowing how a target audience perceives the organization, (2) precisely who the tactics should be aimed at, and (3) and most important, what changes in perception, and thus behaviors, are desired so that you can set a goal, then tell if you achieved it or not.

That way, the tactics have a fair chance of doing some good by visibly helping you achieve your business objectives.

Happily, even when "practiced best," this isn't rocket science. All it takes is a brief but logical plan.

Decide which external audience of yours has the most serious impact on your organization. That becomes your key target audience, and off we go!

Can't do much if we don't know how they perceive you and your organization. So, you've got to get out there among members of that key target audience and ask some questions.

What do they think of you and your operation? Notice any negatives? Are misconceptions, inaccuracies or rumors becoming evident? Any undercurrents surfacing? Is there a problem coming down the pike?

When this monitoring phase is complete, you can set a public relations goal that corrects the problem you turned up. For example, your goal might try for a positive impact on individual perception by explaining your pricing policies, or replacing a damaging rumor with the truth.

Now you need to know how you're going to reach that goal. And that's where strategy comes in. You have three choices. You can create opinion (perception) where none exists, or you can change existing opinion, or simply reinforce it. Your choice will respond to what you turned up during your monitoring phase.

If there is a tough part in our brief and logical plan, this is it. You need a really good, corrective message for delivery to your key target audience. It must be clear as spring water, VERY persuasive and, of course, the unvarnished truth. Prepare a draft, then try it out on two or three members of your external audience, then adjust as needed.

Now we come to those "beasts of burden" we discussed up front, the communications tactics themselves. These foot soldiers, to mix a metaphor, will carry your corrective message to the eyes and ears of members of the target audience. A pretty imp...

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Public Relations Productivity?

by Robert A. Kelly

Should it be measured in "publicity by the pound," or by how well external audience behaviors help achieve the organization's key objectives?

I opt for holding public relations responsible, first, for recognizing that people act on their perception of the facts leading to behaviors about which something can be done. And second, for how well its practitioners create, change or reinforce that opinion by reaching, persuading and moving-to-desired-action those people whose behaviors affect the organization.

Only then would I agree that a strategic public relations mission has been accomplished, not simply completion of a tactical assignment.

Now this presumes that our practitioner knows the next step, and the one after that, as s/he pursues increased productivity.

But initially, such gains in public relations must begin by efficiently prioritizing the organization's most important outside audiences. Those whose behaviors have the greatest impact on the enterprise.

With that chore completed, you now want to learn what members of your #1external audience think and feel about you and your organization. Important because we know that what people perceive usually leads to a predictable behavior about which, usually, something can be done.

So, discovering that valuable information demands that you find out precisely how those target audience members perceive your operation. Which means you must now interact with those people, and ask a lot of questions such as "do you have an opinion about our organization?" Or, "what do you think of our products or services?"

Listen carefully for signs of negative attitudes, false assumptions, misconceptions, inaccuracies and, especially, dangerous rumors.

The responses to your questions, and the explanations people give for why they feel or believe as they do, will lead you directly to your public relations goal. For example, straighten out that misconception, correct that inaccuracy, or spike that rumor, fast.

By the way, as you efficiently move through the public relations problem solving sequence, you accumulate the productivity gains promised by the fundamental premise of public relations outlined in the opening paragraphs.

Now, you set your public relations goal, one that aims squarely at correcting the problem you identified during your perception monitoring activity.

And that might well include clarifying a misconception, correcting an inaccuracy, informing a misunderstanding or stopping a rumor dead in its tracks. What you've just done, is set a public relations goal towards which you will strive by altering specific perceptions held by that target audience, usually leading to the desired behavior.

But hold on. What strategy will you employ in your pursuit of that altered perception and changed behavior? Your choice of strategies is limited, but powerful. You can shoot for creating opinion (perception) where there really isn't any. You can focus you...

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Where is the Best PR Value?


by Robert A. Kelly

Wherever the fundamental premise of public relations is practiced.

Look at what it suggests. People act on their own perception of the facts before them, which leads to predictable behaviors about which something can be done. When we create, change or reinforce that opinion by reaching, persuading and moving-to- desired-action those people whose behaviors affect the organization, the public relations mission is accomplished.

What a positive message for those business, non-profit and association managers who don't really understand the role public relations can play in helping achieve their organizational objectives. Nor, that reliance on public relations' fundamental premise even identifies the tools they need to put such a plan into action.

If, sadly, you are one of those managers, here's how you can make up for lost time and actually boost your chances of reaching your organizational goals.

Make the time investment needed to identify and rank, as to their impact on your organization, those important outside audiences whose behaviors really do help or hinder your operations. Let's talk about the one at the top of the list.

It's really crucial that you know what members of that "public" think about your organization. Obviously, you must ask them! Interaction is really necessary if you are going to identify perceptions likely to lead to negative behaviors. For example, wrong- headed beliefs, misconceptions, inaccuracies and even rumors.

And while you're talking to these audience members, keep an eye or an ear on local talk show and newspaper columns for the same signs.

The results of such opinion or perception monitoring are the very data you need to establish your public relations goal. For instance, neutralize that rumor, clear up that misconception or correct the inaccuracy.

And the very same goal will stand as your behavior modification objective so that you can measure your progress.

But here, the question always arises as to just how you will get to that goal. You need a strategy to show you the way, and you have three choices: create opinion/perception where there may be none, change existing opinion or reinforce it. Fortunately your goal will identify which strategy you should select.

Still, nothing happens until you write a truly responsive message and transmit it to members of your target audience. You must convince them that what you discovered in the way of rumors, inaccuracies, misconceptions or wrong-headed beliefs is simply not true. But do try for believability and clarity. And, above all, make your message persuasive and compelling.

Meanwhile, a whole stable of "beasts of burden" await your pleasure - communications tactics capable of carrying that hard-won message direct to your audience members' eyes and ears. And there are scores and scores of them in that stable - articles, interviews, newsletters, personal meetings, op-eds, emails, speeches and brochures among man...

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