Silly Season lessons. What smart PRs do over the summer
Written by Phoebe Campbell-Rees
As the sun starts to rise a little bit each morning, let’s reflect on making the most of PR in the summertime
PR Summer Haze
Every summer PR’s face the challenge of the summer shutdown. Parliament is in recess, journalists are in and out of office and clients know better than to make any major announcements during this time. For those left in the office, the news is slow, journalists aren’t responding yet we know the PR show must go on. For many, the summer can feel like a tedious time, but at Positive we think of it a bit differently. We tend to use our summers to go one step further, be more creative and think of fun out-of-the-box ideas, or as we like to call it; the summer sillies.
What are the summer sillies I hear you ask? It’s PR creativity at its finest, an opportunity to help the journalists taking on the work of their OoO colleagues and pitch left-field ideas. For those in B2B tech PR, it’s a time to reimagine the endless possibilities that our clients tech. For us this summer, it was everything from myth-busting Mission Impossible technologies to real-time data flows improving Taylor Swift ticket sales. When the summer sillies hit, the possibilities are limitless, as bored journalists eagerly embrace fresh and entertaining concepts. It’s a win-win situation. With little news to jump on and few announcements, working on fun side campaigns are a great way for PR’s to boost client coverage and include them in new conversations, with new contacts. It’s a great opportunity to rethink the way we position our clients in the media and brainstorm new topics and trends to comment on. That carries on into the autumn, as we look to leverage the learnings of these victories and apply them going forward.
Whoever said the summer was slow?
Silly Season at Positive has had clients who have been featured in new, exciting and national publications. As a company, we took the time to refocus our PR strategy for every client, preparing for the bustling autumn season head (already in full swing), by connecting with journalists, forming editorial calendars, and planning exciting campaigns for the event season. Summer shouldn’t be considered a haze in PR, it is a unique opportunity to pause and cultivate fresh concepts, establish new connections, and position our clients in innovative and timely discussions that may not be immediately obvious.