5 Reasons to Invest in Your Future, Despite the Scary Past

Jul 15, 2020

Welcome to Q3, 2020. What does that mean for how public relations and marketing departments will invest in their futures?

Q4 will be the time to finalize budgets for 2021. After a tumultuous year including a pandemic, record unemployment, civil unrest and a to-be-determined presidential election, not to mention murder hornets and whatever else the universe chooses to throw against us this year, 2021 may be a welcome sight. But with the roller coaster year we’ve had, faith in budgets may not be so faithful.

Investors will tell you that when the stock market plummets, don’t stress out thinking you’ve lost a fortune. Instead, remind yourself that stocks are now on sale. Buy while prices are at their lowest.

Channeling money back into your business is solid advice any time but especially after a difficult year. Here are five reasons why hiring a public relations firm could be the wisest decision to help you make up for lost revenue.

  1. Pay the pros, not the employees. Even in the healthcare world during a pandemic, health-related jobs are not secure. If your company had to reduce its staff, it’s likely support personnel including social media teams and internal communications managers may have been the first people to go. Hiring a PR firm, however, comes with all these specialists, and so many more. Fully staffed agencies have writers, SEO and content marketing pros, just to name a few, and you won’t have to pay for their unemployment insurance, 401K contributions, or health insurance premiums.
  1. Investors aren’t. This June article from MobiHealthNews points out that in these uncertain times, investors aren’t investing, especially in startups. Smaller companies must find other ways to get their message out, and their brand recognized until they can score a big influx of cash. An agency with a proven track record is the safest option for small companies with limited resources.
  1. The press release is still king. In this blog recently contributed by my colleague, Brandon Glenn, most journalists (36%) still receive their news from the good old press release. A PR firm will staff writers to get your message out there, and better still, leverage it to your target audience. And what about news wire prices? Agencies negotiate rock-bottom deals because of the number of releases they send each year, which means that’s one less contract you have to maintain. The perfect agency will also understand your niche market, so its messaging is on-point, saving you valuable time on revisions and re-reads.
  1. Full service or customized options. The perfect agency is also one that is full service, meaning it’s a one-stop-shop for everything from social media to revamping your website. However, if you don’t have the budget or need for all services, ask for customized options to fill the gaps in your internal marketing department. Perhaps you have a great handle on social media, but your website or collateral material is outdated. Or maybe you want to launch a new product. A great PR firm will offer guidance on how to best utilize the money in your budget.
  1. Uncertainty of in-person events. If there’s one thing 2020 taught us, it’s not to count on a sure thing. For the first time in 58 years, the HIMSS Annual Conference was canceled. Much to the dismay of exhibitors, HIMSS didn’t handle the monetary situation very well. Many exhibitors slated for 2020 are trying to decide if they are going to boycott in 2021. No matter your opinion on this topic, the fact is in-person events may not be happening, at least with the same attendance levels, as they have in past years. While ROI on virtual events is showing improvement, it’s even more important to consider all your options when trying to fill your sales pipeline. Having a good, established agency that specializes in your market, and who has a lot of experience and many solutions, will be important for moving forward post-COVID-19.

We may all be happy to see 2020 in the rearview mirror. But let’s not be afraid of 2021 and the opportunities it has to offer.

My brother, who is a locksmith, knows one simple truth; the months he advertises are the months his phone rings. A full-service public relations agency will know how to guide you, and help you get the most bang for your buck. Invest in your future!

Margaret Kelly

Margaret Kelly is an accomplished administrator with more than 30 years of experience in marketing and public relations. Her industry experience spans the healthcare, building and financial service industries. Margaret is a behind-the-scenes expert instrumental in supporting account teams with day-to-day operations. She focuses on processing press releases, managing social media, and researching speaking and editorial opportunities for clients. As a social media manager, Margaret is responsible for writing and distributing posts, engaging followers and linking to relevant industry leaders; as a result an EHR company gained 15% new followers and a remote patient monitoring client gained 30% new Twitter followers in only eight months. Additionally, a leading senior adaptive computer technology company added social media influence by 44% on Twitter, 67% on Facebook and 57% on LinkedIn in just 14 months. A campaign for the client's webinar caused such an increase in registration the company had to update its webinar platform to accommodate the extra attendees. Before joining Amendola Communications, Margaret served as the public relations agency and graphic artist liaison for a local company. In that role, she scheduled all media interviews for the company CEO, and managed all marketing placements, eNewsletters, website updates and marketing collateral materials. Margaret is a recipient of the Home Builder Association's coveted MAME (Major Achievements in Merchandising Excellence) Award for Best Website. She has lectured at the Home Builder's Association of Central Arizona on website development and at ASU's Del Web School of Construction on marketing.