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Why Use Inbound PR?

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Nov-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Inbound PR

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Successful PR is no longer about writing press releases and pitching them to a bunch of journalists and counting coverage as the measure of success. 

Successful PR in the 21st century is about using the entire PESO (Paid, Earned, Owned & Shared media) model with an inbound approach that is strategically planned with the numbers in mind, allowing you to use analytics and real data to measure success. 

Why the need for change? Because the world has gone digital. 

We are addicted to our phones where we can get information 24/7 at our own pace depending on our own needs.

We don't need anyone else to inform us or educate us.

I don't read the news. The news finds me on my Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn feeds. 

As a consumer and as a professional, I find the content that I want or need to consume completely on my own without the need for someone to give it to me.

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Whether Inbound PR, Marketing or Sales, Nothing Works Without Clear Goals

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Sep-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Inbound PR, Public Relations, Inbound Marketing

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As professionals from any discipline, we have a tendency to jump into action too quickly.

We spend little time defining goals and then doing research to identify the right tactics that will enable us to hit those goals.

I think this is particularly relevant in PR and on the PR Resolution podcast with Stella Bayles, we discuss exactly that.

Stella and I had a long conversation around inbound and PR, goals and measurement, content creation and planning. 

I want to share with you the beginning of our discussion points and give you the opportunity to listen to the whole podcast below. 

Let's start with a definition of inbound as some of our listeners are completely new to this. Could you give us a summary of what inbound really means? 

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Making Inbound PR Happen [Video]

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Aug-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Inbound PR

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Inbound PR was born from experience. 

I come from a PR background. I spent three years working in PR across Germany and the UK. Having studied International Business and not PR I really needed to work on my writing skills. 

Because let's face it, what PR people excel at really is storytelling, often in the written form. That's what PR pros study when they go to university and that's what they do day in and day out.

But when I joined HubSpot and had to master inbound marketing, I had to nail down on the numbers game and think with measurement in mind from the start. And I think we all agree that measurement is not PR's forte. 

These two realisations - that PR people excel at content but they suck at measurement - gave birth to Inbound PR.

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Why Even Investors Appreciate an Inbound Approach

[fa icon="calendar'] 14-Aug-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Inbound Marketing, Inbound PR

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70% of investors make investment decisions on the basis of something they learned from digital research.

Is that surprising to you? To me, it's not.

What's most unique about the PR industry unlike any other discipline is that it deals with a multitude of stakeholders - buyers, media people, employees, investors. 

At the heart of Inbound PR is exactly that stakeholder persona that you need to get to know in and out around their challenges, consumption methods, research preferences, communication and information channels and most importantly decision-making process. 

Traditionally, you would think that investors wouldn't be spending their time on digital or trusting those sources, but that's how we thought about buyers and media people too. 

New research proves that you'd be better off with a similar inbound approach for your investors just as for your other stakeholders. 

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Why Inbound PR Could Finally Prove the ROI of PR

[fa icon="calendar'] 24-Jul-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Inbound PR, Public Relations

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Clap if you agree: PR's biggest challenge throughout its entire existence has been measurement. 

I wish I could hear you. 

But I'm sure that pretty much everyone who works in the PR industry would agree. 

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of participating in Paul Sutton's podcast where we spoke about Inbound PR and how it presents "a methodology for public relations that moves the conversation firmly away from being one about reputation management to being one about the bottom line."

What prompted this post was Paul's latest episode with Kate Hartley where they summarised the entire season of the podcast show. A lovely conversation about humanity and vulnerability, about our core as people and what drives us that you should listen to as well. 

Inbound PR popped up as part of the discussion too around minute 17:30

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