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Inbound PR: The Future of PR & the Most Important Book on the Industry in Years - Required Reading

[fa icon="calendar'] 19-Jun-2020 07:00:00 / by Matt Bergman posted in Public Relations, Inbound PR

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Republished book review by Matt Bergman from Amazon. (Thanks, Matt!)

Iliyana Stareva has written what I’d call, with a considerable degree of confidence, the most important, actionable and forward-looking PR book of the past ten years. That’s true, I believe, for the following reasons, which I’ll circle back to and discuss in a bit more detail:

  1. The author sets a detailed course for the future of PR that aligns with the thinking and capabilities of the relatively few genuinely progressive agencies, as well as with the needs of forward-looking clients.
  2. The book beautifully, seamlessly and comprehensively integrates the inbound approach – which is unquestionably going to be the overarching structure that informs the future of marketing (AI and automation technology, by the way, are much more conducive to an inbound approach than to an outbound one).
  3. Ms. Stareva addresses head on what has frankly been the negligence of the PR industry in exhibiting little in the way of creative or scientific thinking in terms of measuring value.
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10 Influencer Marketing Strategies [Gifographic]

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-Jun-2020 10:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Inbound PR

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When I was doing some research on influencer marketing a few months ago, I came across a lot of nice infographics but the one that stood out was actually a gifographic

I hadn't heard the name before but it's pretty cool. 

It's just an infographic as we know them but with gifs and it makes it much more fun. 

So today, we'll look at one such gifographic (perhaps you can think about creating some for your business too) that covers some interesting influencer marketing strategies. 

It's called influencer marketing strategies but to me, they are more tactics that you can use once you have your overall influencer marketing strategy that defines why you're doing this, what your goals are, what the impact to your brand would be and how much you'd want to spend on all activities. 

Then you can choose some of the below ideas to make sure you hit the above goals based on what you want to do and what you have at your disposal. 

Now, let's take a look at those tactics.

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Why There's Never Been a Better Time for Inbound PR

[fa icon="calendar'] 02-Apr-2020 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Inbound PR

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Do you feel like everything around you is about COVID-19?

I turn on the news, it's non-stop COVID-19. 

I check my Facebook feed, it's all COVID-19. 

My LinkedIn, same story. My Twitter, likewise. Google, also. 

COVID-19, COVID-19, COVID-19...

But what's worse is that COVID-19 has overtaken my inbox - I've received dozens or more emails from companies, including a bunch of irrelevant and dry press releases on how they're tackling the crisis. 

It's a huge crisis, I won't deny it. But the more it's being talked about, the more people are getting tired of it - I've discussed this with quite a few colleagues and friends and they all agree. 

Especially, when businesses are not properly planning their messages and who they reach with them.

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The 10-Step Roadmap to Influencer Marketing [Infographic]

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Feb-2020 08:15:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Social Media, Public Relations

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I've been covering a lot about influencer marketing over the last few months.

In my latest post about it, I shared how I used to work with influencers

I think everyone has their own formula and every brand have their own process or strive to develop their own process but there are some basic, important steps that must always be considered and need to be part of any influencer marketing campaign.

With that in mind, I was quite happy when I stumbled upon a good infographic that explains the roadmap or 10 key steps to run an influencer marketing initiative. 

Before I show it to you, I want to emphasise that the very key thing (and because of that the first step in the roadmap) is to define your goals - what are you trying to achieve, what does influencer marketing mean to your business and how do you expect it to help you with your overall business goals? 

These are some fundamental questions you need to have answered if you are hoping to get budget for influencer marketing. As we all know, every money spending decision must be justified.

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Why Traditional PR No Longer Works in an Inbound World

[fa icon="calendar'] 06-Feb-2020 08:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Inbound PR

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If you work in marketing and PR, you know there’s been a sea change. The old “push” tactics the industry once relied on no longer work well in the digital age.

As a PR professional, journalists and media folks are your consumers and today’s consumers increasingly reject top-down, interruptive messages trying to sell a story.

What they accept and crave is relevant content that draws them in, engages them, and helps them write the stories they know their readers want.

They want tactics that are inbound.

The problem, however, is most PR firms are still outbound organisations trying to survive in an inbound world.

What’s Not Working in PR?

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