If you think PR is dead, it’s time to think again. Anyone involved with marketing your resort or hotel in 2023 knows that it is a complicated and dynamic activity. Keeping up with trends and new functionality is challenging, let alone knowing how to include them in your strategy. Indeed, most hotel and resort marketers do not have the time or budget to keep up with all the most recent developments in marketing.
However, one way to improve your marketing effectiveness in 2023 is by employing PR. We’ve put together ten ways public relations can help your marketing results.
1 Raising brand recognition
You can use public relations to improve your brand’s recognition, win over new consumers, and build an emotional connection. Use social media to spread the word about your company, create marketing initiatives to draw more attention to your property, and boost press coverage in regional or national publications.
As the relationship between PR and marketing changes, you can also use PR to increase website traffic and cultivate connections with influencers.
2 Establish a good reputation with PR
Your target audience will connect with your brand more favorably if you have effective PR. Utilizing marketing strategies like creating press releases, sharing success stories on social media, or conducting consumer surveys, will help key stakeholders be informed about developments and promotions at your property.
These actions foster an emotional connection with potential clients while increasing trust and awareness and driving bookings.
Here are some suggestions for creating a favorable perception of your brand:
- Establish connections with media outlets and influencers
- Participate in tradeshows and conferences
- Regularly post to your blog and website
- Share client testimonials.
- Interact with customers on social media platforms
- Send press releases to regional or global media sources
- Create campaigns to raise awareness of your property
- Ensure excellent client service
- Participate in philanthropic endeavors to demonstrate your dedication to social responsibility.
- While running email marketing campaigns, such as DMARC, DKIM, SPF, etc., utilize email security standards.
3 Creating a strong PR proposal
A strong PR pitch is crucial in connection development. This pitch should outline your experience, discuss why it’s pertinent to the audience, offer proof and examples to support your assertions, and demonstrate how you can assist them.
A specific objective must be considered while creating a solid PR presentation. For example, is it to gain media attention, generate alliances or interact with prospective clients on social media?
You must grab the attention of busy editors or clients with a few words. Fortunately, there are tools and resources available to assist you in making your PR proposal stand out from the competition.
An AI writing tool may not only assist you in developing an excellent PR pitch that engages your audience and saves you time and money. Based on the data you supply, it creates content entirely from scratch using natural language processing (NLP). This frees up more time for other business-related tasks.
4 Establish your expertise in the field
Positioning yourself or a team member as an industry authority through public relations is also a powerful strategy. Attending conferences, participating in podcasts or webinars, giving media interviews and talks, and writing thought-leadership articles in appropriate media are all ways to do this.
5 Gain media attention for your business or items
You can use public relations to obtain media attention for your property. Distribute press releases through a custom media list and contact reporters and bloggers at key media outlets.
For the media to pay attention to your business, your PR efforts should be planned and constant. Developing ongoing relationships can help secure positive coverage of your property, build credibility and establish your hotel and resort as a reputable and desirable destination.
Press releases that are well-written should contain interesting and compelling information to get the attention of reporters and editors. It should include crucial details, quotes, or client success stories that reflect what you offer.
Organizing press trips and hosting media events can provide journalists and influencers with the opportunity to experience your property firsthand, leading to positive coverage and increased awareness.
6 Establish personal connections with your clients
Additionally, PR can assist you in developing more intimate connections with your audience. The correct actions will demonstrate to clients that you value their input and are ready to hear it. This facilitates the development of an emotional bond between your property or brand and its clients, which is crucial for fostering loyalty and trust.
Partnering with influencers and other third-party partners can help reach new audiences and build credibility, increasing awareness and driving bookings.
7 Leverage social media and other digital channels
Building a solid online presence and engaging with potential guests is an excellent way to employ public relations to drive bookings and increase awareness.
Share information about the local area, highlight client testimonials and educate and inform your guests about your amenities in social media posts and blogs. Let them get to know you and what they can expect when they visit, showcase your property and attract potential guests.
8 Develop crisis communication plans
Problems are going to happen. But it is how you manage these that is important. For example, developing and implementing crisis communication plans can help mitigate the impact of negative publicity or unexpected events, which can protect your property’s reputation and minimize potential financial losses.
9 Build PR relationships with travel agents and tour operators
Public relations is an effective way to increase bookings through these traditional channels. As a result, you can reach new audiences and generate more revenue.
10 Employee PR training program
Developing and implementing an employee training program can ensure that all staff members are equipped to represent your property in a positive light, which can improve the guest experience and protect your property’s reputation.
In summary, public relations activities can help your hotel or resort marketing performance by increasing awareness, building credibility, protecting your property’s reputation and driving bookings. Remember, however, that monitoring and analyzing industry trends and competitor activity can help you stay ahead of the curve. It will also assist you in making informed decisions about your marketing efforts. Again, this can help increase awareness and drive bookings.
Source: Mike Vestile – Agility PR Solutions
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