Future of Work and PR Efforts
In today’s era, companies that have strong and good public relations teams can more easily create a positive brand image for the public.
PR can help companies to better share their vision with the target audience and build a strong and trusting relationship based on mutual communication efforts with consumers.
With the invention of social media platforms, and their subsequent popularity with customers, it’s a lot easier for companies to create a robust brand image, however, it’s also a lot easier for people to spread rumors, misinformation, or disinformation on those platforms, which can lead to negative publicity for brands.
This is where PR has a big role in terms of mitigating or minimizing the effect of any negative publicity a company ends up receiving at any point in time.
However, the world and the PR industries are both changing with every passing day, which means companies have to keep up with those changes.
Companies that want to achieve more success in the future need to become a lot more transparent in terms of marketing efforts, corporate reputation, as well as public affairs efforts.
Most companies either have dedicated PR teams or work with specialized PR agencies that can handle different elements of the PR industry, to make everyone’s jobs easier.
However, both of those efforts generally tend to create a communication gap within a brand that can easily result in poor client management or customer experience which can damage a company’s reputation.
That means companies should invest in creating more transparency and better communication efforts between their corporate reputation management team, marketing teams, public affairs teams, and overall PR department.
In today’s era, as well as in the future, those gaps in communication are going to be very counterproductive and won’t fare well for companies in terms of improving the overall customer experience.
Artificial intelligence tools and technologies have proven to be incredibly efficient and even essential for many industries and markets, and even public relations efforts can benefit from such use and tools.
Artificial intelligence tools can help companies create or improve their press releases, streamline the development and publishing of all social media content, and even influencer engagement.
By automating some of the more time-consuming but repetitive tasks, companies can help their employees focus on the more important aspects of their jobs that require a lot more mindfulness and care in terms of public relations.
Additionally, artificial intelligence tools can help companies create new experiences for the target audience to improve their reputations, draft emails for newsletter campaigns, develop targeted media lists, and even convert speech to text, and vice versa.
In the future, companies are going to be increasingly relying on artificial intelligence tools for assessing both partnerships and collaborations, as well as target audiences for companies looking to improve their PR and marketing efforts.
Future of PR and Work
The pandemic made it difficult for everyone all over the world, but as more time passed and things have calmed down relatively, people have been noting each other’s resilience, compassion, and growth.
The same is true in the public relations industry which has undergone a lot of changes in the last couple of years, and it’s only going to continue to change as evidenced by its long history.
Companies that are going to continue embracing environmental, social, and corporate governance policies, as well as investing in and supporting various measures that relate to those types of policies are going to become even more popular with both consumers and employees.
By dedicating the corporate culture to important issues, companies can also set a positive example not just for their audiences and employees, but for the rest of the world too.
For many audiences around the world, moving forward, social, environmental, and corporate governance policies are going to turn into a deciding factor on whether they do or don’t want to do business with a specific business, depending on that company’s stances.
These days, most employees tend to interact with up to five different generations in the workplace, and every one of those generations have their own work styles.
Although the latest conversations regarding employees have been mainly dominated by the millennial generation, the one that follows the millennials, Gen Z, who have now started entering the workforce, is currently in the prime of their work years.
That means their perspectives are going to be quite different from any older generation of employees, even the one that precedes them, the millennials, and with that, they’ve redefined the way that they perceive the workplace and jobs in general.
Because of that, companies will have to figure out different ways in which they’ll be able to engage with these young employees, as well as every other generation of employees, because of their different work styles, desires, needs, and even ideas about work-life balance.
One of the key elements that have allowed many workplaces to evolve has been technology and various tools that have been developed in relation to tech.
These days, it’s perfectly acceptable for companies to hold meetings via video platforms such as Zoom, and businesses have a number of different tools for communication that have only served to increase everyone’s communication abilities and skills.
Between Slack, texting, email, WhatsApp, and plenty of others, there are also social media platforms that companies can use to communicate with their employees or with their consumers.
With all those channels, companies face one big challenge – deciding which channels are important to clients, employees, and consumers, and then sending the right messages to the right people, at the right time, on those channels.
All of those different elements, as well as the ones that are still in development and are going to be introduced in the future, are what make PR efforts even more valuable to companies as they have to rely on the right PR strategies and efforts to effectively communicate with all those different parties.
Ronn Torossian is the Founder & Chairman of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States.
With over 20 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals.