A 10-point checklist for vetting your PR plan

You’re about to launch a campaign, or maybe it’s still in the planning phases. Better print out this checklist and bring it to your next meeting.

Like any other avenue, a public relations road map should be reviewed not only with overall business goals in mind, but also with an eye toward opportunities and obstacles specific to PR.

Here’s a checklist based on the most frequently overlooked or underrepresented elements. To fully evaluate your plan, ask yourself—or your PR team—the following questions.

What is PR’s role?

The PR program should have a distinct and defined role within the bigger marketing picture. Often, the best use of PR is to add depth or detail to brand messages or to lend credibility to an advertising claim. It’s rarely just “positive visibility.”

Does it include internal audiences?

Many plans don’t address employees and stakeholders, or they just pay lip service to them. These audiences can be very powerful ambassadors for nearly any PR strategy. For a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, they are crucial. If employees and partners aren’t fully informed of a program’s goals and strategies, it can create roadblocks. Failure to do this is simply a lost opportunity.

Is it coordinated with other marketing elements?

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