- Brush up on your writing skills. Take a writing course or seminar, or read a book about writing. Or, just read. The best way to improve your writing is reading other people’s work.
- Improve your time management skills. For example, check email 3 times a day, not every chance you get so you don’t get off-track with your other projects. Or keep a running task list and highlight the top priority items. Be sure to cross off completed items which gives you a sense of accomplishment during your work day.
“Study other marketing campaigns that have been successful and/or are in your client’s industry. You may be able to use some of the same techniques but in a different way.”
- Organize your electronic files, putting old stuff in an “old” folder so that the newer stuff is at the top of the list.
- Catch up on business software and services such as QuickBooks.
- Trade publications put out their editorial calendars at the end of December for the following year, so you can see what is coming up and get a sense of what is going to be covered. This is important because they work a few months ahead, so you can plan accordingly. For example, if you are working with a woman’s magazine, items submitted in January are actually for the July issue, so pitching a winter story to them will get you nowhere, but something about bikini season might get picked up.
- Consider starting your own blog or hiring a blogging firm to help. Having a blog helps you establish yourself as an expert in your field, and increases your visibility for new clients.
- To borrow a tip from my colleague Liz Keith, create your own “press kit” including a welcome letter, company fact sheet, bio, and backgrounder on what PR can and cannot do for your company. (See my last blog post, What to Expect from PR.)
- Take stock of your client list. If you have several clients in one industry, it may be a good idea to specialize and look for additional clients in that industry.
- Schedule vendor demos, such as media database companies, email marketing services, social media companies which track your blogging and social media profile efforts.
- To enhance your PR skills, sign up for webinars. Some are free and some charge a fee, but you can attend without ever leaving your desk.
- Attend professional organization meetings to learn about the latest PR topics and network with colleagues.
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