Jul 27 2020
Though different, both advertising and publicity (public relations) are essential tools in the marketing toolkit, and can work together with other marketing initiatives to meet brand objectives. We’ll take a look at what makes them different, and why Let’s start with examining how these two marketing functions are different.
How are Advertising and Public Relations Different?
Though often conflated, advertising and public relations differ on the following:
- Advertising is paid placement, while publicity generated from public relations’ activities results in editorial placement.
- Advertising is your organization telling the world that your brand, product or service is the best – the message is expressly coming from your organization and distributed through ads or commercials. Publicity (often referred to as earned media), is third parties like those in the media or digital influencers sharing some form of the message by telling the world that your brand, product or service is the best.
Messaging Control: Advertising Versus PR
They both offer benefits with regards to communicating brand or product messages to the public. They differ on extent of control with regards to what the message is, and when and where it will appear.
Advertising and Messaging
With paid placement, your organization pays to advertise on select outlets and maintains complete control of:
- The message.
- Where the message appears.
- When the message appears, and the campaigns duration.
Publicity and Messaging
With earned media, journalists, editors, news producers, bloggers, influencers and others who’ve attained trusted status with the public control:
- The message – they can interpret or change the message as they see fit.
- Where the message appears.
- When and if the message appears.
In the editorial space, there are myriad of individuals with myriad of opinions regarding your product or service therefore your business cannot directly control the message.
However, your business can certainly shape the message through strategic public relations activities. And that is where truly excellent public relations’ strategies shine, and a compelling reason to have PR pros on your side.
The Value of Publicity #lookatus
Feb 14 2020
Public Relations is the marketing communications art of having people tell your story to audiences of people that you want to hear it. There’s science and best practices behind good PR and there’s also knowing what’s a questionable seed of an opportunity and fertilizing it properly to watch it grow it into a redwood forrest. In today’s media landscape that seed of a story can turn into a forrest in hours, or even minutes. That’s called PR gold, when your brand story goes viral.
In the later half of last summer we were sent a seed of a PR opportunity via e-mail for our BFF client Sea-Doo watercraft. Mr. David Pike of Jersey City, NJ sent an e-mail about an opportunity to do something unique on a Sea-Doo and that the media may pick up on. Now, as the PR agency for the global, industry leading personal watercraft brand for the past 15 years, we get dozens of, “great ideas” every year about how people can promote Sea-Doo through exotic, sometimes crazy rides. We do our due diligence on everyone of them. LOOK makes sure we don’t miss that hidden, golden nugget. Nearly all of the ‘pitches’ are passed on for various reasons; no plan, lacking physical skill, no experience, not thought out, doesn’t understand what the media are interested in, doesn’t understand brand positioning, or is simply so wacky you wonder what bar stool they were sitting on when the idea developed.
the golden seed.
David Pike was one of the rare idea guys that actually had a solid, and very doable idea. Pike is smart, business savvy, and simply found a better way to commute around New York City. And at the same time live the Sea-Doo Life. For years he was commuting 90-minutes each way from his home in Jersey City to his business, The New York Trolley Company, in Brooklyn, New York. That’s an hour and a half each way or three-hours out of each day lost simply getting from one point to another.
Pike, sick of the grind and losing his time looked at a map. He realized a straight shot across New York Harbor is less than three-miles. This is where his e-mail to us comes in. He figured out how to beat the NYC Commute by riding a Sea-Doo from his condo with a private marina in Jersey City, past the Statue of Liberty and to his office in Brooklyn. He would cut his commute down to 20-minutes door-to-door and do it with a smile as he lived the ‘Sea-Doo life’ everyday.
It all fit. David is a good looking, young entrepreneur with a young family and figured out how to make his life better by riding a Sea-Doo to work. Great story right? Right. After a few weeks of commuting via Sea-Doo the New York Media (the biggest in the country) were, ah hum, informed of his ‘system beating’ commute. Then ABC called and the 2:57 segment aired on Good Morning America and the ‘seed’ exploded. Pike on his Sea-Doo smiling and cruising by lady liberty was picked up by The New York Post, CBS Radio, Yahoo News, CNBC, the Wall Street Journal and more.
David’s NYC Sea-Doo Life Commute went viral…Public Relations Gold.
Neptune Award for Best Public Relations
At the 2020 Miami International Boat Show LOOK Marketing won two Neptune Awards. One for Best Public Relations. The Neptune Awards are presented by the Marine Marketers of America organization to celebrate the best marketing campaigns and activations in the Marine Industry. These are LOOK Marketing’s fifth and sixth Neptune Awards, and includes wins in five different marketing categories.
Great PR includes great story telling. David Pike’s Sea-Doo life was unique, engaging and relatable for so many New Yorkers. He had a great story to tell and the media of NYC loved sharing it. It would’ve been easy for us to delete his short e-mail as ‘another dude with a crazy idea,’ yet we studied that seed, fertilized it and low and behold it grew bigger than we ever expected. Every person and every brand has a story. Tell your story. And if you need help. #lookatus
Aug 08 2018
How do you get the attention of boating media editors whom are invited to dozens of incredible press events every year? Produce a disruptive event invitation. To stand out in Public Relations you have to disrupt.
The invitation is one of the most important elements of the entire event production. The invitation also sets the tone and expectations of what the attendees will experience. A well crafted and executed invitation can bring your brand to the forefront and set the stage for an epic event. You have to have people attend the event to have an event. Our strategy related to this specific event entailed a custom printed video book with personalized invitation video.
LOOK Marketing received two 2018 ADDY awards from the American Advertising Federation Space Coast Chapter for the production of a Press Event Video Invitation for client Sea-Doo watercraft. The two 2018 ADDY awards received for this project included; Judge’s Choice Award and Gold Addy for the category of Card, Invitation or Announcement.
Produce an invitation that disrupts normal in-mail and introduces the brand’s new model year campaign and key messaging. The goal was to create an invite that intrigued and demanded invitees to attend the event and learn about the new product.
Press Event Video Invitation Project Strategy
LOOK Marketing would design a physical, video book invitation that would be sent by express mail to targeted editors. The book visuals would include key message copy and high level event details including location and dates over imagery of the actual event location. The auto playing video included a brand hype reel and a personal, event invitation message to to engage media through a sensory experience of visual, audio and tactile modes. The three sensory modes would work together to help convey Sea-Doo’s 2018 story theme of “Escaping the Everyday” with Sea-Doo.
Targeted North American and international marine media and regional vertical and general press received the video invitation. The invitation set the tone for the Sea-Doo “Escape the Everyday” Press Event. It immediately pulled invitees into the world of Sea-Doo by sharing a unique, adventure-themed video.
The video began with auto play when the book was opened. It opened with vintage clips of Sea-Doo watercraft, sharing the news that 2018 marked 50 years of Sea-Doo revolutionizing the personal watercraft industry and followed by teasing the 2018 adventure-ready platforms.
A glimpse of everyday epic adventures being lived out by Sea-Doo riders around the world would follow the 2018 launch reveal. The video then invited them to attend the made-for-media event to experience their own epic adventure on the Colorado River aboard the all-new 2018 Sea-Doo models. The video invitation culminated with imagery of the natural beauty of the epic event location, and how the PR team would ensure a production and fun event.
The video invitation generated exceptional results. 91% of the media targeted by LOOK attended the press event. Feedback from the media also noted the invitation strongly influenced their decision to attend. Three mainstream media noted that the invitation alone intrigued them enough to attend, where a traditional letter or e-mail invite would not have. Four boating media noted this was the best press event invitation they had received in years. This invitation was the first step in a complete brand immersion that carried the key messages from invitation to published articles. #lookatus
Event Invitation Project Awards
ADDY: Judge’s Choice Award
ADDY: Gold Award-Card, Invitation or Announcement
Select Published Media Generated By The Event – (three of the 21 published articles)
Jul 14 2018
With the cover and a multiple-page spread in fashion glossy V Magazine featuring the world’s top supermodel, Gigi Hadid, LOOK Marketing secured a big public relations win for our client Sea-Doo. The culmination of months of LOOK Marketing’s behind the scenes PR and logistics work resulted in over 75 million people across the world being exposed to the Sea-Doo brand from this publicity campaign – just in the first day and a half. The V Magazine cover and article excerpts were shared by Gigi Hadid to her nearly 55 million social media fans, as well as picked up and published by dozens of top media sites including the Daily Mail.
Making It Easy For Those Involved
LOOK has years of PR experience activating influencer and celebrity projects, some opportunities simply come our way more than others. This opportunity came about through a friend of friend of a friend and we simply took the opportunity and ran with it. We made our client’s involvement in the project very easy for V-Magazine. The easier we can make it for them the easier it is for them to say “yes” to us.
Behind The Scenes
We helped pick the right Sea-Doo model for the look the creative team wanted. We worked with a local Miami vehicle wrap company to deliver the unit and help with the Fendi wrap graphics. For the actual shoot, we made the Sea-Doo portion as turn-key as possible. It also helped that Gigi Hadid was a genuinely nice person, with a great work ethic, and admitted adrenaline junky. She listened intently to our instruction on-set and did indeed ride aggressively for a full four hour shoot.
To date (mid-July) the effort has generated over 456 million impressions from being featured in 38 different outlets. The biggest hits have come from Gigi’s own social media posting. Again we helped Hadid and photographer Mario Sorrenti have a great experience and they shared their appreciation with more posts. #lookatus
Oct 29 2017
Video Production: Route 1 Motorsports’ Dealership
In this four-part series of social videos, we crafted an engaging story that visually narrated the exciting moments experienced as client Route 1 Motorsports saw their dream – of expanding their business with the construction of a new powersports showroom and dealership – become reality.
The primary focus of the overarching video story centered on events that unfolded during two key points in the realization of their dream. The first, was the press event we produced to bring media attention to Route 1 Motorsports as they broke ground on the site of their new mega-dealership location. The second – which resulted in the final three videos of the series, documented the exhilarating moments from beginning to end as their vision for the new Southern Brevard County dealership took shape.
Social Video Engagement Makes Impact
Below are the videos that LOOK Marketing produced and were subsequently published to Route 1 Motorsports Facebook page and shared with over two thousand of their fans on that social channel. Combined all four videos, generated over 25,000 views and substantial buzz in the local community.
Ground Breaking Press Event
The first video in the series captured the thrilling, emotion-filled ground breaking press event day as the owners, Willy Carmine and Kellie Wright, broke ground at the site of their new facility near Malabar, Florida.
Leveraging Video Production Technology
In addition to our standard video production equipment, we also utilized our video drones to record sweeping aerial views of the massive lot and obtain footage of the lively show that kicked off the official groundbreaking ceremony.
Facebook Video Results
On social, this video garnered 14,536 views.
Facility Construction Progress Reports
The last three videos in the series, followed the building process from start to finish marking significant construction project milestones along the way. The visual progression was shared with Facebook fans to keep them:
- Informed of the facility build.
- Engaged with the brand during the nearly year-long construction.
Leveraging Video Production Technology
For these construction progress report videos, we once again used a combination of traditional video production and drone videography to capture the full visual story.
Facebook Video Results
Combined these three videos had nearly 11,000 views.
Jun 18 2017
Kicking off the summer season with some awesome public relations coverage for our client Sea-Doo on America’s number one rated morning cable show with an audience of nearly 2 million – Fox and Friends! And to make this an even sweeter media relations win, Fox and Friends provided over one minute of on-camera coverage discussing Sea-Doo‘s popular 2017 SPARK TRIXX.
Feb 15 2017
We’re thrilled to have secured a huge public relations win for our client BRP Sea-Doo at the New York Boat Show! ABC News‘ Charli James interviewed LOOK Marketing’s founder and Sea-Doo watercraft expert Tim McKercher about the 2017 SPARK TRIXX. With this publicity driven coverage, Sea-Doo’s 2017 product lineup was shared with an online audience of nearly 20 million people. (Interview starts at 20:02.)