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How Not to Pitch Influencers

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-Jun-2017 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Inbound PR

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I've been running this blog for five and a half years. 

As my audience started to grow, I began receiving emails from people either sharing content that I might like and want to use or pitches for guest posts. 

I was so excited back then! They liked my blog and wanted to be part of it! They wanted to contribute for my audience! 

With time and with the growth in traffic and subscribers, the number of pitches increased, especially after my talk at INBOUND16

Which I'm happy about for sure, however, my inbox now gets flooded with bad emails. Really bad emails. 

Pitches that are spammy, mass emails that were clearly not just for me, untargeted or irrelevant suggestions. 

Because I worked in PR and specialised in blogger relations, I'm amazed at the terrible pitches I'm getting so I want to show you some examples of what not to do and give you some tips on what to do instead.

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Everything You Need to Know About Inbound PR

[fa icon="calendar'] 02-May-2017 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Inbound PR

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Inbound PR is two years old!

I can't even believe it. Time flies... 

The other day as I was looking at some past blog posts on the topic for my book (yes, I'm writing a book about Inbound PR), I saw that I have written quite a few pieces about it.

But shifting through them wasn't that easy. Yes, I can go by topic and search in my HubSpot software, however, wouldn't it be great to have it all in one place instead of clicking to the next page again and again? 

This is what this post is all about - the entire collection of everything I have written about Inbound PR over the past two years, everything you can read to learn about it. 

Everything You Need to Know About Inbound PR

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Why Inbound PR is the Future of PR? [Video]

[fa icon="calendar'] 28-Mar-2017 08:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Inbound PR

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Inbound PR will be two years old next month.

When I started working on the concept, I didn't think I'd get it as far as featuring it in a book chapter for #FuturePRoof or introducing it at INBOUND16 – the largest inbound conference in the world with over 19,000 attendees.

But the number of mentions, tweets, shares and comments about the concept over the past months really lead me to believe that there is a need for it. 

Inbound PR focuses on what PR does best – content – and turns it into a powerful machine that drives true bottom line results that can be measured. By doing so, Inbound PR alleviates PR's biggest challenge – measurement. 

It's a simple concept and a methodology but in its very essence, Inbound PR is a mindset change. It requires PR people to change the way they think about the work that they do, the value that they provide and how they actually do it. It requires a lot of learning and eye-opening understanding of the wider business, marketing and sales disciplines.  Otherwise, it won't be fit for the future. 

This aim of this blog is exactly that – to facilitate learning and drive change.

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Why PR Needs Inbound PR to Stay Relevant

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Feb-2017 08:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Inbound PR

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With the global adoption of digital, a lot has been said about the PR industry. Unfortunately, not always positive.

Take, for example, keeping up with social media and online channels to develop appropriate skills and offer the type of services that clients nowadays need has been a painful challenge. Not to mention then measurement which has been PR's biggest problem since its very existence.  

So how does PR stay relevant? 

To figure this out, we need to first analyse our current reality. 

When we think about the past two decades, there are two key things brands and their PR people need to consider:

  • Our consumer and purchasing behaviours have changed, massively.
  • If you don’t have an online presence, you don’t exist.

Let’s start with the first one.

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The Future of PR Measurement: Aligning with Sales

[fa icon="calendar'] 31-Jan-2017 08:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Inbound PR

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“Measuring the effectiveness of PR has proved almost as elusive as finding the Holy Grail.”

That's a quote by John Pavlik I found in an extensive paper on PR metrics while researching this whole PR measurement drama lately. 

Through this research, I've found that there have been a number of frameworks and tools to get PR people to measure their results. None of them have been adopted, though. 

According to the 2016 Global Communications Report from the Holmes Report,current measurement models are still alarmingly focused on measures of outputs – such as total reach or total impressions – rather than on business outcomes. Social media measurement is equally unsophisticated.

These metrics don't really tell you anything unless you can very specifically tie them back to how they've boosted your bottom line. It's because they are looking at it from the wrong, broken perspective because these are outputs, not outcomes. Business owners and CEOs want the real numbers, they want actual proof of ROI (Return on Investment) which often is increase in sales because it's tangible. 

ROI, however, has always been difficult to show with PR.

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