You might have landed on this blog because you’ve heard that public relations (PR) is something that you could be using to promote your photography business.
But, perhaps you’re wondering what exactly PR is? Well, if so, I hope you’ll find this explanation useful.
A definition: What is public relations?
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations says,
“Public Relations is about reputation – the result of what you do, what you say and what others say about you.”
To put it another way, public relations is a form of marketing that aims to build a positive impression in the minds of those who are important to your photography business.
Why should you use PR strategies in your photography marketing?
As a business owner, you naturally want people to regard you and your services in a positive light. Reputation is everything in business.
The great thing is that you can use PR strategies to get visible and to build a positive impression in the minds of potential customers.
Since people generally buy from those who they know, like and trust over and above complete strangers or unknown companies/brands, PR can play an important part in the sales process.
Yep. PR can help convert potential clients and buyers into customers. So, has that got you interested? I hope so!
How does PR help to generate new business?
So, digging a little deeper now, let’s talk about how PR helps to generate new business.
Over time, the positive reputation you build through PR can help you to attract clients and buyers as well as influence their buying behaviours.
It comes down to the fact that PR can help build ‘know, like and trust’.
1. KNOW: Ultimately, the first step is that you need to get visible; to get on your potential client’s radar. The more they are aware of your photography – your services, products, art – the more likely they are to recall you when they are in the market for your services.
2. LIKE: Then, you need to manage your business and how you market and communicate in a way that forms a positive impression over time.
3. TRUST: If you’ve given them reasons to regard you positively then the more likely they are to trust you. This will influence whether their decision to work with you or buy from you.
So, you see, a positive reputation that you build over time can prove incredibly valuable to your business, and PR is all about building this positive reputation.
Other benefits of PR
As well as helping you to build awareness, likeability and trust, PR can help you also:
1. Educate or inform
Through PR, you can educate or inform others. You can share opinion articles, information and survey results to tell a story around a particular cause or issue that you are passionate about.
2. Position yourself
You can build up your reputation as a thought leader or expert within your niche through PR. For example, by securing numerous press mentions on a particular subject, you can position yourself as an authority.
3. Build credibility
By being featured by the media, for example, you are effectively being endorsed by the publication or media outlet. Since these are established and likely have a sizable following, and positive reputation of their own, this boosts your perceived credibility.
4. Attract people to you
PR can help you to attract new customers, prospects and fans. You could see a boost in your social media follower numbers, your email subscribers and online engagement with your content after being featured in the media.
Also, one piece of publicity can also lead to another. So, PR can help you to attract further media attention.
5. Create opportunities
Media coverage about your photography business can also potentially lead to exciting new opportunities. Simply as a result of being seen at the right place, at the right time, you could get noticed by potential business contacts and sponsors.
6. Boost your SEO
If you get featured on high authority domains such as news or industry websites, this can help boost your search rankings in Google. This alone is a huge benefit of PR.
7. Make more money!
Finally, I believe that PR will also help you sell more. It shouldn’t be relied upon to drive revenue, but in my experience, I know that an upsurge in sales for a product or service can be the result if it has benefited from the oxygen of publicity.
Is PR just media publicity?
No, media publicity is just one aspect of public relations.
There is so much more to PR than publicity, but publicity is likely to be the most relevant aspect of PR to you as a small business owner.
By getting featured in the media, you can secure valuable exposure that allows you to potentially reach a large number of people at once, and it’s completely free!
The audience you reach naturally depends on which media publications or programmes that you target. Whether you want to reach a large, international audience or have a very targeted, niche audience, there will be media outlets that can help you to reach the people who are important to your business.
How can you get started with PR?
In my opinion, PR is a vastly underused form of marketing. I think that’s because many photographers don’t fully understand what it is, how it can help them, and how they can use PR to promote themselves.
Is this true for you? Do you stick to other marketing such as social media marketing, online advertising and content marketing rather than PR and media publicity?
It is certainly feasible for you to do your own PR and many small business owners do. My website has many PR blogs which I hope you’ll find helpful. You can also join my Facebook group ‘PR-Savvy Photographers’ to get tips, inspiration and PR opportunities, and subscribe to my freebie library which has PR templates and downloadable resources.
But you also can choose to outsource PR activities to someone with expertise and experience.
PR support for photographers
If you’d like to know more about how I can help you get visible in the media and create marketing content that attracts your ideal clients, take a look at my publicity and content marketing services and then contact me if you’d like to know more.
I’ve 16 years of PR experience and have been working exclusively with professional photographers since 2015. I would be delighted to find out more about you and your photography and to see if we could be a good fit.
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