Every company needs to have a strategic communications plan in order to maintain top-of-mind awareness with key audiences. Companies that don’t succeed likely don’t work hard enough on their external communications efforts, including public relations. However, there is only so much a startup or small business can do on their own. So how do you know when to hire a communications firm?

The simple answer is it depends. Below are four key questions you need to ask yourself before hiring a communications firm:

 

  • Do you have clear goals on where you want your PR campaign to go? If you don’t have a clear objective for investing in communications, you set yourself and the firm up for failure. Be clear and honest about why you want to start working with a firm. Once you know what your objective is, it will be easier to determine whether it is something you can accomplish within the company, or if you need help from external experts.

 

 

  • Have you maxed out your current resources? Some public relations efforts require resources that your company simply doesn’t have. You may not have enough people, the right technology, or the right connections. A public relations firm can help you develop strategy, accomplish tasks, and reach the next level.

 

 

  • How much effort are you willing to put in? And how much responsibility do you want the firm to take on? You should ask these question when interviewing to potential firms. Some offer more hands-on services, while others offer strategy and then train your team to do the work. The best communications firms will give you a range of options – so you can pick the level of support you need.

 

 

  • What are you lacking now that you think a communications firm could help with? In other words, what are your expressed and implied expectations? You may think that a PR firm is there to get your news releases to the right reporters and get media coverage. But what other ways can they help you? What could a firm take off your hands that would help you do your job better?

 

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