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Euro 2012 is now in full swing, with millions of football fans across Europe and no doubt beyond enjoying the spectacle being provided in Poland and the Ukraine.

In the UK the tournament was almost set up to fail by the BBC Panorama programme that showed there are serious issues with racist elements among the local football fans. Anyone with any knowledge of football or East European politics for that matter would not have been surprised at this, but I suspect what shocked most people was the apparent acceptance of the racists' actions by others and the denial offered by the authorities there.

Having watched a few of the group games I cannot help but wonder if the camera crews covering the games have been given orders to try and combat the bad publicity. I can't help but notice that irrespective of which teams have played, the camera crew and editors are taking the time to seek out attractive looking young women to appear on our TV screens. It's almost as if we are seeing screen tests for Europe's Next Top Football Model. These close up shots of young women are also being supported by images of families and young people enjoying the festival of football - and why not?

Showing the happy, sociable side of football won't do anything to stop the racists looking for victims inside and outside of the stadia, but at least from a public relations perspective it is showing the world that there is more to football than the images we sadly witnessed on Panorama.

What do you think - are they trying to paper over the cracks?

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Has the marketing world been turned on its head or are businesses so desperate these days that they are chasing up and down every route to market in the hope of a sale?

Every marketing strategy put forward over the last 20 years has been based on market segmentation and the narrowing of marketing channels. The aim has been, and should be, to focus on a key target market, identify how to communicate with it and make the message so irresistible that customers cannot refuse the offer.

So why is it that marketing teams from all sectors are using Twitter to promote their goods and services? Twitter is so broad and so full of white noise from competitors and others that there is little chance of anyone maximising the marketing message by hitting the target market . Don't get me wrong, business can be won that way but the wastage involved is immense. And then there is the use of auto posts. What is the point of pretending to want to communicate with people if you are not willing to or capable of responding to someone that reads your tweet and wants more information? It is tantamount to propaganda, Public Relations of the worst sort and can do more damage than good. Essentially you are warming up a lead and then throwing cold water all over it.

There are numerous ways of setting up a notification service to alert you when someone replies to your tweets and in doing so you will publicly show that you actually want to engage with people – customers, suppliers or anyone that is interested in what you have to say.

So if you are going to use Twitter to fly in the face of marketing theory, please at least have the common sense to reply when someone responds to your tweets – who knows, it could actually lead to new business!

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Here's a scenario for you to consider. It's 7.3am, you are at a breakfast networking meeting at your local hotel just off the dual carriageway and people are getting up to deliver their elevator pitches. Ignoring the collywobbles in your belly as your own turn approaches, it crosses our mind that every other person describes themselves as a "specialist". You will have laptop repair specialists, business growth specialist, German car repair specialists and, well you get the picture.

Now here's the question – what do they actually mean by specialist or specialism? According to the Cambridge Dictionary a specialist is "someone who has a lot of experience, knowledge, or skill in a particular subject or business area."

OK, so they know a lot about their own field – well that's great, but would you not expect that from someone who hopes to provide you with a service or product? Let's assume that your breakfast meeting just happens, by pure chance to have attracted 35 people from 35 different businesses. Let's also assume, just by happenchance that 30 of them are laptop repair specialists and, bizarrely that your laptop is playing up and needs looking at. How do you go about determining which one of these "specialists" is so special that you want to contract with them?

When one of my clients needed a mailing list for a promotional campaign, I turned to an on-line forum I use for advice, contacts and referrals. I was fortunate enough to get a quick response to my query and was pointed in the direction of Corpdata. I contacted the company via its website and was contacted in very promptly.

They took my order, sent me quotes and examples, refined my order following couple of questions I posed and within 24 hours of me making contact, I had the data m client wanted; in fact I had a little bit more because the account manager was extra generous with the list.

My customer experience of the company was nothing but first class; from beginning to end it catered for my every need with professionalism and care.

All this is very commendable you may think, but why the Gold Star for Public Relations? Well, imagine that I'm feeling a happy bunny with the service so far and then imagine how I feel when the invoice pops through my door wrapped around a box of West Country Home Made Clotted Cream Fudge? I already had it in mind to use the company again, but it now has a sales and referral champion in me – and all for the price of a little thought and some fudge.

The only downside is that I'm trying to get I shape for my 50th later this month so the fudge will have to stay in the fridge till April.
For me that is what good PR is all about, a little thought, some creativity to back up good service and the building of a profitable relationship that adds value – what are you doing to add value to your relationships?

 

Parker PR is a leading PR agency based in Nottinghamshire providing PR and marketing services to UK clients. Contact us on 01623 6398023

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