Updated: Sep 29

  • April Dion

Updated: Jul 17

Summer 2019 April Communicates facilitated a Communications Strategy for the West 18th Street Fashion Show. In January, I pulled together a Communications Committee, filled with young professionals seeking to volunteer their time gaining hands-on experience in Fashion Public Relations for the annual event.

We met monthly, I devised a plan to connect with the media in an old school method, sending personal press-kits via US Postal. These kits weren't your average kits that come in an envelop, with a note, and maybe a CD, These kits were themed UBS drives customized to our theme and titled as a "Message in a Bottle." (Look out for a post regarding the development of the kits soon!)

The one outlet shouted out on air, expressing how much they loved the kit. The best part about the USB is that it could be used again if they downloaded the data and cleared it, or it could be saved as a souvenir.

The Results

The West 18th Street Fashion Show was mentioned on just about every local television news show. We appeared on-air for segments, and the event received on-site coverage at the event by two networks, which is hard to do on the weekend. We also established a media room. When the media arrived, they were greeted by my staff of Public Relations Professionals, who pulled talent aside for planned interviews. We also landed on Univision, because it was essential to ensure we were welcoming and inclusive to all demographics in Kansas City, Missouri. Fashion is a language within itself. Check out these videos below.

Univision Kansas City

KMBC Channel 5 News

KC Live

Fox 4 News

Channel 5 on-site


Nikki and Ponch Show 997

Kaufman Foundation

  • April Dion

Updated: Jul 9, 2019

Publicist have different areas of focus depending on their specialty and the needs of the client. April Communicates handles various forms of Public Relations. Below are four frequent Public Relations specialties and a few examples of how a company can make use of these skills:

  • Event Publicity and PR Support

  • Content Development and Marketing

  • Social Media Strategy and Execution

  • Crisis Management

  • Corporate Communications

An organization may hire a firm or practitioner to help facilitate a communications campaign for an event or product launch. Event campaigns can encompass a variety of public relations functions. For instance, in our previous post, "Event PR with Ease" we discussed the in-depth steps to operating a communications campaign. In order to have marketing content available for advertisements and promotions, publicist may find it helpful to develop content. This presents another function of public relations, Content development and Marketing.

Content development can consist of a plan to capture photo or video footage. Prior to the shoot, producers should identity what message they would like to express to the audience. Practitioners work with various departments and professionals to facilitate this plan. Working with the graphics department to create a style board aids the company in developing a cohesive brand direction. Concepts that must be considered during the branding phase of development include: fonts, colors, the logo and mood of the of the campaign. Identifying these elements will help to establish consistency during the content development phase.

While Marketing is it's own function, over the years many practitioners have learned marketing skills to compliment their communication services. The difference between the marketing and public relation lies within the way visibility is achieved. PR is earned, Marketing is Paid. Social Media has blurred the lines between paid and earned media, because it consist of both. Companies work to build credibility. Sometimes publicist for brands send press kits to personalities. Nonetheless, we will save this topic for another article. For now, it best to know that traditionally Publicist help to obtain free visibility opportunities. In contrast, marketing generally consist payment for advertisement and visibility opportunities.

Occasionally, companies or artist have a need for a publicist who maintains a specialty in Crisis Management. Should a company find that their product has created emotional or physical harm to the brand or consumer, strategic advisement should be sought to identify a plan for the team or company to respond to the issue with uniformity and care.

Corporate Communications is essentially when the practitioner is trusted to act as the voice of the agency within the company and to the public in order to maintain a positive view and relationship to its stakeholders.

The decision to hire a Publicist consist of measuring your needs and budget. While there are many types of public relation services available. Everyone is not quite ready to hire a publicist. Determining the conversation you’d like to relay to an audience will help companies and individuals determine if they need to take more time to build their brand or product before pursuing a publicist. On the upside, social media has allowed for companies, personalities, and brands to build connection with their target audience.

Does your brand need assistance in any of these areas? We loved to learn about your needs. Please reach out to us at april@aprilcommunicates.com.

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