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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Edinburgh PR Agency Offers Publicity Clubs Support to Small Businesses

Publicity Clubs - shared-cost consultancy for ambitious small business owners.

PHPR's first Publicity Club has been running for nearly 3 months in Edinburgh, meeting monthly to help members develop and implement a series of 4 x 90-day Publicity Action Plans designed to deliver clear business objectives. The meetings provide support, motivation and training to get the right marketing, sales, PR and social media activity all pulling together towards a strategically-planned and profitable future. Publicity Clubs members also get direct 1-2-1 hands-on support  in-between meetings. 
PHPR's pilot Publicity Clubs has attracted interest from business owners in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

How Much Do They Cost?

The pilot group will deliver up to £1,000 of publicity support each month to each participant for £200, subject to a year's contract and non-disclosure agreements to build an effective Publicity Clubs group.

What Do Publicity Clubs Offer Me?

Work with a small group and split the investment in professional publicity support to get:
Monthly publicity generation, planning and on-going email support

Pro PR support for planning and strategy to maximise publicity efforts and create rolling 90-day Publicity Action Plans,

Plus hands-on support to produce:

1) Clear sales messages

2) Effective web copy with website clinics - including testing each others' sites out
3) Marketing materials
4) Content generation for Google domination with easy to use templates to tease out the details to create content (video scripts, press releases, articles, expert guides, e-book formats, white papers, blogs and associated social media posts.)
5) Social media on steroids: why post to one when you can reach scores with a few more clicks? We show you how.
6) On and offline press releases and/or article marketing - properly and comprehensively distributed
7) Video training: one video is equal to >50 pieces of text online according to Forrester Research - we show you how and provide expert sessions to make your own
8) Online name protection
(All proven to get the businesses noticed online and in the media.)
Plus Added Value:
9) Structured peer-group support

10) Guest expert insights
11) A working lunch

What Does PHPR Know about Small Business Publicity?

Founded in 1986 as Penny Haywood PR, PHPR was set up by Penny Haywood who worked on shoe-string publicity in fringe theatres, where she discovered how to make creativity and a brass neck serve as a publicity budget. She found out how to do PR on a local, national and international scale at the Bank of Scotland where she helped launch the world's first online bank (HOBS - Home & Office Banking) in 1985. HOBS opened Penny's eyes to the business and PR potential of technology and she has been online ever since.

She set up a PR and editing business. The business start-up course she attended had only one piece of publicity advice: advertise. Knowing that few start-ups could afford advertising, she ended up taking that part of the course. A participant got onto national TV a few days later and the word spread fast. Penny was in demand, teaching DIY PR skills to small business owners on top of her day job: running her PR business.

The DIY PR courses started by finding out what was already working for the smaller business owners, and gradually Penny built up a complete set of sales, marketing and PR techniques that were proven to work in smaller businesses. After ten years of training thousands of smaller business owners in DIY PR, she was persuaded to write DIY PR, the small business owner's guide to 'free' publicity (Batsford, 1998, paperback).

With the widespread advent of social media, the opportunities for small businesses to punch well above their weight and dominate market niches has never been greater - or cheaper, But the most precious commodity is now time, Penny believes that an integrated approach to both online and offline publicity maximises opportunities and produces consistency. She warns: "Ad hoc efforts by time-pressured business owners often does the opposite: it pulls the business reputation in several different directions, loses focus, confuses the messages and leads to lost opportunities. Less is more and most business owners don't do enough with their best publicity material. We show them how to save time and increase the impact, and we'll help create content that works on and offline."

PR blog posted by Penny Haywood Calder at PHPR Ltd, Edinburgh, UK. URL: PHPR TV Channel on YouTube: PHPR Ltd on LinkedIn Follow PennyHaywood on Twitter

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