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What is PR?

Krista Parry guest posts. She was born a communicator, speaking from an early age, but professionally she's been passionate about it for over 10 years. She has learned that PR is not public relations it's personal relationships. Currently she work as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Park City Mountain Resort, a top-five rated ski resort located in Park City, Utah, and is the resident mama of . She is joining the Mama ranks in May when she and her husband welcome their first child.

This post is for bloggers looking to reach out to companies or media that align with their brand. I believe PR = Personal Relationships because that is what it is. You may be saying “but I’ve never done PR, I don’t know what to do.” My response would be “Have you ever engaged someone in a conversation?” That is what PR is. It is about engaging a company/journalist in a conversation.

As a PR professional for over 10 years I have had a lot of experience and I must say, that I have had to evolve with the times. 10 years ago I wasn’t reaching out to bloggers, as they really didn’t exist. Now, I mostly focus on outreach to bloggers because I know that they have a big “Sphere of Influence” (more on this later).

How do I start a conversation? Seek them out in the community’s where you are. Let’s say you love to ski (as I know you all do!) and you would like to reach out to ski resort to see how you can work with them. Use the tool and search your favorite resort. Say you type in “park city” and find @snowmamas @reply and say how you love Park City. Build up that relationship first, because remember that is what PR is.

Why would a company want to work with you? Because you can help them share their story. I have shared this before, but it’s worth sharing again. David Armano, a genius in my mind, created an “Influence Ripples” chart. Basically, you as a blogger, have a sphere of influence that has a ripple effect. You may have 10,000 followers or you may have 10 followers, either way these people trust you. And if they trust what you are saying, they are going to share it with their “sphere of influence” and so on. The ripple effect keeps going and going.

How do you prove your ripple effect? First, it is true that some companies are not as “educated” on social media and they may just want your #’s like Unique Visitors. Yes, number are nice, but this is your chance to educate them. First, Google Analytics is a must. If you don’t have it, you must get it. It’s free! There is so much great information that you can track with it and it creates really cool graphs/charts. You can get your unique visitors, page views, etc. But you can also drill down into your readers engagement. What’s the Avg time on site? Are people staying for 10 seconds or are they engaged with your content and staying for 10 minutes?

Second, comments on posts show engagement. I heard it tonight, and I’ve heard it before, but please leave comments on someone’s post that you’ve enjoyed. It’s ok to twitter them and say how you loved their post but complete the circle and comment on their post as well. Comments show that your readers are engaged in what you say and that they trust you and your opinions, which is important for our third point.

Use ”corporate” jargon like ROI but don’t use it in the “Return on Investment” sense. Use it in the “Return on Influence” speak. Show your ROI to a company. If a company sees that your readers/listeners are engaged in what you say they will want to work with you.

But what is the most important thing? Be authentic! Work with the brands that are true to you. If you hate dogs (not that you would) don’t agree to do something for Purina Dog Food. Your readers know you, which is why they love you, and they want to see your opinions on brands you really would use!

Have fun and make new friends! PR people are no different than the ladies you meet at #gno every Tuesday night (ok maybe our fangs come out at night)! Start a conversation, you might be surprised what could come of it.

I am happy to answer any questions you might have. DM me at @krista_parry anytime.

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frugalisfab said...

Thank you so much for this post! I am just starting to move towards working with PR, and it is something I have absolutely now experience with. You make it sound so easy!

Organic Sugar Scrub said...


Thank you for sharing such valuable information with us! I look forward to start applying it soon!

Rachel Ferrucci

Sugar said...

Great post!! Krista is so great to help us all out. I love that she understands that it's influence over numbers, too.

Anonymous said...

Frugalisfab - I make it sound so easy because it really is. You are already doing it with your readers and now you can do it with the companies that are right for you. Good luck!

Rachel - You are so very welcome. That's what I love about social media, it's all about sharing information!

Sugar - I want people to know that they have something to offer, they just have to find their niche. Obviously you have found yours!

Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

Great tips!! I especially like the suggestion to comment on the actual blog post, not on twitter. I've seen so many people just shoot a quick @reply on twitter...and that's frustrating to the blogger!!!

Therese said...

This is a great post. It is going on my favorites. :-)

Anonymous said...

Tiffany - I'm glad you agree. Everyone wants to feel the love on their blogs so leave a message!

Therese - Wow, I am glad you found th information so useful that it is one of your favorites. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Amber said...

The timing for me in finding this post is perfect! I'm venturing into the world of PR but I'm a bit lost and overwhelmed. Krista, you made it sound so easy! I'm excited to gather my numbers (small as they are) and get to work. Thanks.