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In today’s fast-paced world of business, the saying “honesty is the best policy” is more relevant than ever before. Consumers are increasingly becoming more discerning and are looking for genuine connections with the brands they choose to support.
Especially during the current cost of living crisis, customers are becoming more aware of fake news, fake product promises and brands that promise the world but don’t deliver. To cut through the advertising clutter and differentiate your company, you need to be true to who you are. This will ultimately help to strengthen your relationship with consumers, leading to more purchases.
Here are five tips on using public relations to showcase your business’s authenticity.
1. Build Trust From The Ground Up
Trust and authenticity go hand in hand, and they are vital components in any successful business relationship. Building trust is paramount before attempting to convey your authenticity. You can cultivate trust through transparent communication, ethical practices and a commitment to delivering on promises. I personally find that when working with clients, it’s always better to underpromise and overdeliver. That way you are always surprising and delighting your client base and achieving above and beyond what they expect, ultimately providing them value.
Case studies of companies you have worked with will also help you earn consumers’ trust and demonstrate your authenticity. On my website and social media, I show a collection of video testimonials from clients saying how pleased they were with the PR campaigns that I created and implemented for them. Going the extra step with a video testimonial can pay off in dividends and elevate your brand reputation and ultimately lead to an increase in sales.
Every form of communication that you have with your customers provides the opportunity to help you earn their trust. Once you have it, it becomes easier to showcase your authenticity as a result of leading by example.
2. Connect With Consumers
In an era of social media and instant access to information, consumers are craving genuine connections with the brands they engage with. By establishing an authentic brand voice, leveraging storytelling and engaging in meaningful conversations, you can create lasting connections and drive sales in the process.
Creating an authentic brand voice can be as easy as having the founder of your business talk to the camera, unedited, or go on Instagram Live to show your customers behind the scenes of your office. Going live on your social media channels is a personal approach to your business and allows current and potential customers to interact with you in ways that they may not have been able to before. It also gives you the opportunity to answer any questions about your product or service while building rapport.
3. Embrace Purpose-Driven Communication
Many of today’s consumers are more inclined to support companies that have a higher purpose beyond profit. So embracing purpose-driven PR, where you align your messaging and actions with social and environmental causes, is key. By authentically embracing corporate social responsibility, you can attract socially conscious consumers and create a positive impact, all while boosting your sales and bottom line.
For example, my company has partnered with a charity platform that enables us to give to an international cause that relates to every PR project we complete for clients.
4. Emphasize Authenticity In Influencer Collaborations
Collaborating with influencers and emphasizing the importance of authenticity in these partnerships is a great strategy for you to raise awareness of your business. Start building a front line of genuine brand advocates—from micro-influencers to industry experts—who align with your values, and effectively leverage their influence to increase sales. You can emphasize authenticity in your influencer marketing by making sure that all influencer marketing posts are consistent with your company’s mission and values.
Once you’ve established collaborations with experts, you can further leverage them by putting them forward to the press and having them provide primary research or firsthand examples as thought leaders.
5. Unlock The Potential Of User-Generated Content
Today, customers have emerged as influential advocates for brands, and the role of user-generated content (UGC) in shaping brand image has become paramount. Having your customers illustrate the benefits of your business on their social media channels is the foundation of engaging UGC that others will love to watch.
I often encourage clients to create a movement for their brand by encouraging and incentivizing their customers to create content about their company on social media. It allows other potential customers to see your product in practice in an authentic way.
In a world where trust and authenticity are highly prized, companies that embrace genuine public relations strategies have a competitive advantage. By building trust, connecting with consumers on a deeper level and aligning with purpose-driven initiatives, you can increase sales while fostering long-lasting relationships. Ultimately, I always say be yourself because everyone else is taken.
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