PR Basics for Small Businesses

Public Relations (PR)

Ironically, the public relations industry tends to garner quite a bit of bad publicity. People often muddy PR and it’s myriad of subcategories with the notion of manipulating information to create hype, commentary and media coverage, which isn’t the case at all. Public relations defined is the “strategic management of relationships between an organisation and its diverse publics, through the use of communication, to achieve mutual understanding, realise organisational goals and serve the public interest.”

This definition aptly highlights the importance of PR for small businesses because it focuses on the relationships a business needs to forge with the public/their consumer. Small businesses need this relationship created and maintained because it is the public that inevitably purchases the goods or services offered. As mentioned, PR has many different subcategories that can be applied. Between investor and community relations, to crisis and internal communications it is important to understand the different facets of PR and how they can be applied to your goals.

Many business owners already use communication tools to engage with their consumers such as social media without realising they are already utilising public relations tactics. The confusion surrounding PR can easily be aided by research (the Internet is a treasure trove for PR knowledge and tips), or even contacting a PR professional to discuss media training, DIY PR packages and contracts.

As former Apple executive Jean Louise Gassee said, “advertising is saying you’re good; PR is getting someone else to”. When applied correctly, PR can be a priceless tool to your business bottom line and goals.  

Michelle Bates

Owner at Bango Media


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Comments (2)

Wendy Huang

Wendy Huang, Full Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes

Hi Michelle, Thanks for the informative article! I've always been a huge fan of PR but the way Jean Louise Gassee summarised it is spot on, thanks for sharing that! Can't wait to find out more about the PR industry!

Michelle Bates

Michelle Bates, Owner at Bango Media

Hi Wendy! Thanks for that. Nice to virtually meet you!