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The Differences Between Offline and Online PR

Mark Thompson February 4, 2011

Public Relations is all about creating buzz and/or exposure around a brand or company to a target audience, through various offline and online engagements.  However an offline and online PR marketing campaign have many differences that are important to understand.

Even though I am a bit bias, there is no denying that there is a major shift in how and where people are consuming information.  Businesses are seeing the impact online PR is having over offline PR.  That is not to say that offline PR is dead, but a company would be naive to think that they shouldn’t be adjusting their PR strategy based on this rapid shift.

PR Channels

Offline PR

Traditional PR channels include TV, Print, Radio, Speaking Engagements, and other real life events.  It involves engaging with newspaper journalist, TV reporters, Radio talent, industry publications, magazine editors, etc…   The format and production process does not differ greatly from online, but when it comes to distribution and subsequent uptake of the news they are worlds apart.

Online PR

Over the course of the internet evolution, more and more people are shifting where they consume information and visiting places like Blogs, Forums, Discussion Boards, Micro-Blogs and Social Networking Sites to consume information.  Not only are readers consuming information, but brands are building credibility and authority.  Creating optimized press releases, viral videos, blogs (on your personal blog or guest post) and daily social media engagement all fall under online PR.  Regardless of if you are pitching an offline or online journalist, you want to make it easy to find.  Use things like PRWeb to syndicate a press release, online media kits, social bookmarking, and SEO to maximize the exposure of your content.

PR Outreach

Offline PR

When it comes to pitching a print journalist, they have an social media monitoring tools that that follow, so see if you can relate a story based on what they are going to be writing about.  Usually they publish a list of events that are going to happen in the upcoming months or year, so see if you can tie in something about your business that relates to the topics they will be covering.

Online PR

On the other side of things, when you are pitching bloggers and online journalists, you need to spend a good amount of time understanding what kind of content they create and things like style and format.  Usually a blogger will write their own side or opinion of a particular story and reference the press release…unlike print publications who generally republish a piece.

A big focus for brands over the last few years has been Online Reputation Management (ORM).  A potential advantage or disadvantages for businesses is that almost everything that is said online is public.  People are talking about your brand, whether you like it or not, so it is important to monitor what people are saying and create an outreach program that addresses what people are saying (both good and bad).  Using social media monitoring tools are a great way to find when someone mentions your brand.

5 comments
Taran
Taran

Great info for me.Thanks for sharing it.

Patricia
Patricia

Hi Mark Lisa at the Friendly Blogger has just done a post about you and your FREE course so thought I would come have a look round your blog. Wow, plenty to learn over here :-) My sales offline are going okay but definitely it is a different ball-game online. Learning heaps from my marketing friends about online selling. Steep learning curve but I'm enjoying the journey. Thanks for the informative post Mark. Appreciated. Patricia Perth Australia My recent post The Lovely Lavender’s Smelling Sweet…Unlike Athlete’s Foot!

veerapol
veerapol

Thank you for the info. Very interesting. This is also the first time I have heard about Offline PR. My recent post Ray Johnson - Man behind Google Affiliate X Software

Stacey Acevero
Stacey Acevero

Thanks for the mention of PRWeb in your post! Great points on how online and offline PR differ---the principles and foundation of relationship building before pitching stay the same. It's interesting to adapt to different PR pitching fields on social media and though it provides challenges, success can be accomplished! --Stacey Acevero Social Media Community Manager @PRWeb

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

This is something really different, No1 would even know about it. Thanks for the sharing. I have heard about Offline PR for the 1st time.

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