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Course Overview

All businesses, big or small, need to communicate their mission or message to their target audience. Public relations campaigns help businesses with this. A public relations campaign relates to a series of activities planned in advance to meet a specific goal. Strategy and tactics are two key elements of a public relations campaign plan. Strategy justifies the overall objectives, key message and target audience, while tactics refers to the actions undertaken to meet the strategy defined. There are different types of public relations campaigns–from long-term, perception-changing and awareness-raising ones to short-term product launches and events. All campaigns require good planning to focus efforts, improve effectiveness, encourage long-term vision with the organisation, reduce risks, manage conflicting priorities, conduct proactive branding, etc. A well-planned public relations campaign also provides value for money. While such campaigns are extremely important for an organisation to stay connected with its target audience, there are many influencing factors that could pose risks or jeopardise the efforts invested by the organisation to convey the message or establish a good, healthy relationship with its audience. Thus, organisations need to carefully plan and execute their public relations campaigns.

This Zoe training course will empower you with complete knowledge, understanding and experience of public relations campaigns, right from planning to execution. The knowledge and experience gained through this course will equip you with the complete skillset required to successfully drive public relations activities, specifically campaigns, in your organisation, thereby increasing opportunities for your growth and progression. The course offers experience, knowledge and exposure that will help you not only in your current organisation or role but also in any other organisation or role.

Course Objectives

The main objective of this course is to empower professionals with—

  • complete knowledge and information about planning and execution of public relations campaigns
  • the required skill and confidence to independently plan and drive campaigns for their organisation or clients
  • the experience and awareness to pre-empt challenges and risks and address them before launch of the campaigns
  • the capability to contribute to effective branding and reputation management of their organisation or for their clients
  • the awareness and confidence to effectively handle all external factors that influence the outcome of a campaign
  • the knowledge and skill to work with advanced concepts and techniques to regularly check and objectively measure effectiveness of public relations campaigns
  • the complete skillset to play an important part in boosting the growth and influencing the success of their organisation or client organisations by creating, planning and executing effective, attractive and innovative public relations campaigns

Training Methodology

All training courses at Zoe Talent Solutions are extremely flexible and can be customised to suit the training audience. Audio-visual presentations are used to deliver the theoretical aspect of the training, while the practical aspect is supported by group activities. Trainee participation is encouraged through group tasks, including short presentations, assignments, role-plays, etc. Case study discussions help trainees relate important aspects of the training to practical, relevant scenarios they have heard about. Trainees are also encouraged to share experiences from their current job role or organisation, and the trainer discusses these experiences and draws reference to the training content.

This course, like all other courses at Zoe Talent Solutions, follows the effective Do–Review–Learn–Apply Model.

Organisation Benefit

Organisations whose professionals undertake this course will benefit in the following ways:

  • Experienced employees to successfully plan and execute public relations campaigns
  • Greater visibility and better branding and reputation management
  • Better customer relationship and crisis management
  • Greater credibility because of highly successful public relations campaigns
  • Organisational growth and development because of better branding and increased clientele (for public relations agencies)
  • Increased investments because of better branding, increased visibility and higher credibility, implying higher prospects for the business
  • Accurate and effective measurement of the outcome of public relations campaigns using advanced techniques and concepts
  • Reduced marketing and advertising costs
  • Reduced impact of political, legal or social interferences

 Personal Benefit

Professionals attending this course will benefit in the following ways:

  • Complete knowledge and experience to successfully undertake higher roles and responsibilities involved in planning and executing various public relations campaigns
  • Increased confidence to independently and successfully drive innovative campaigns for one’s organisation or client organisations, thus demonstrating potential and increasing opportunities for career growth and progression
  • Enhanced experience and skillset to apply advanced techniques and concepts to accurately track and measure outcome and success of campaigns
  • Better foresight and awareness to predict challenges and take action to prevent mishaps during the campaign, which may affect results
  • Greater experience and exposure to confidently manage external influencing factors
  • Increased experience and confidence to enhance client relationships and improve organisational credibility
  • A sense of achievement and pride to contribute to organisational growth by better branding and reputation management through effective public relations campaigns

Who Should Attend

  • Senior management of an organisation who should be aware of all important aspects related to planning and execution of successful public relations campaigns
  • Members of public relations agencies responsible for launching campaigns for their client organisations
  • Public relations practitioners or officers of an organisation responsible for its branding and reputation management
  • Marketing professionals responsible for press releases and other announcements related to various campaigns
  • Human resource professionals who play a role in branding and reputation management for an organisation and who could contribute to public relations campaigns
  • Investors who need to be able to judge the prospect or success of a business based on the plans and strategies for its public relations campaigns
  • Any other professional who would like to know how to successfully plan and execute public relations campaigns

Course Outline

The course will cover the following topics important to understand planning and execution of successful public relations campaigns:

Module 1 – Characteristics of Public Relations Campaigns

  • Identifying an objective
  • Finding a message to achieve the objective
  • Communicating the message to a relevant audience

Module 2 – Phases of Public Relations Campaigns

  • Positioning
  • Objectives
  • Strategy
  • Tactics
  • Administration
  • Results

Module 3 – Essential Components of Public Relations Campaigns

  • Key message
  • Target audience
  • Media programs
  • Media releases
  • Contributed articles and editorials
  • Customer case studies
  • Sponsorships
  • Advertising

Module 4 – External Factors Influencing Public Relations Campaigns

  • Environmental
  • Political
  • Information
  • Social
  • Technological
  • Legal
  • Economic

Module 5 – Steps to Plan and Execute Effective Public Relations Campaigns

  • List and prioritise the message
  • Gauge audience perception and awareness
  • Draw objectives and prioritise communication
  • Select media and message
  • Implement the plan
  • Assess impact
  • Redesign the message (if needed)

Module 6 – Importance of Public Relations Campaigns

  • Increased visibility
  • Reminder of expertise
  • Increased credibility
  • Reduced marketing and advertising costs

Module 7 – Effect of Public Relations Campaigns on Aspects of Management

  • Relationship management
  • Issues management
  • Crisis management
  • Reputation management

Module 8 – Challenges in Public Relations Campaigns

  • Recruiting professional, qualified staff
  • Defining clear and simple objectives
  • Relaying the correct message to the appropriate audience (no control of audience interpretation)
  • Overcoming influence of external factors
  • Measuring outcome and return on investment

General Notes

  • All our courses can be facilitated as Customized In-House Training course.
  • Course duration is flexible and the contents can be modified to fit any number of days.
  • As for Open Enrolment Courses, we offer our clients the flexibility to choose the location, date, and time and our team of experts who are spread around the globe will assist in facilitating the course.
  • The course fee includes facilitation, training materials, 2 coffee breaks, buffet lunch and a Certificate of successful completion of Training.
  • FREE Consultation and Coaching provided during and after the course.
Customized Schedule is available for all courses irrespective of dates on the Calendar. Please get in touch with us for details.
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