As women, we think we can do it all—right? Wrong?
I run an Indianapolis PR agency that’s a member of several local professional organizations, including the local Network of Women in Business. During meetings with committees and like-minded professionals in NAWBO this week, I noticed a theme: women discussing how they can’t do it all from their pr to their accounting. How can you really know all of that?
For us PR/marketing types, these business owners are like those HGTV – DIYer shows. We often see projects gone wrong and bad. We come in with our crews to shore up foundations, fix walls and pipes and update broken systems.
Stop being a DIYer in business.
There are professionals throughout Indianapolis who do it better, smarter and faster. Yes, it costs money. But it’s an investment in your company. Example, one of my professional colleagues this week admitted she was trying to manage her books every Saturday, until she hired and accountant. She said now she’s got her weekends back and her books are clean. She has time to relax and peace of mind.
So how does this apply to public relations? Simple, over and over I hear business owners say they can do it themselves: they can call the paper, they can manage their website, they can do a flyer and on and on.
Maybe they can. Ask yourself—is this the best use of time and is it effective?
Public relations and communications professionals throughout Indianapolis have something that a general business owner typically doesn’t have:
A Network: If you’re talking with the right PR pro, this person will know a lot of people. Through various professional organizations, we’re typically well networked. That means when we recommend a new initiative, we usually know who’s going to provide the most professional and best services/partnerships and more. We just saved you time finding the right sources.
Expertise: I can only speak for myself on this topic. I have been working in the field of public relations and communications for more than 20 years. I remember green screen computers, the advent of the internet and onslaught of social media. This context allows me to provide sound counsel and long-term thinking in strategy and focused execution. Instead of trying to figure it out on your own, chances are I’ve either done it or know someone who has (see network in number one).
Accountability: I have a new client who’s spending a lot of money on advertising. She has no idea if this advertising is deriving any ROI for her organization. PR professionals know how to measure impact. It’s not always about the dollars and cents. This client and our team talked this week about how to be accountable with these dollars and we know what we’re looking for as we recommend 2014 expenses related to these ads.
Honest Assessment: Honesty hurts. Sometimes a client needs to hear it—softly though. A couple of years ago I took on a new client that’s today become a wonderful client. The company owners were trying to manage the build out of their own website through a firm in Indian. The owners threw up their hands and handed me the keys. They didn’t believe people would actually search the internet for a company like theirs, so they made a minimal investment. I softly told them they were wrong and that we needed a real website with brand. Over two years later, they watch their Google Analytics, derive business from people who read their website/watch their videos and then contact them directly.
Bottom line here (call it honesty), if you really want to grow your business, engage a professional who can support and help your company instead of being a DIYer.