Vocus Releases the “Measure & Maximize PR Impact” Guide

White paper explores how public relations professionals can go beyond vanity metrics to measure and report impact of PR on the bottom line

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The digital era has provided PR professionals with more data than ever before. This white paper equips practitioners with the know-how to measure report on, and improve their PR activities.”- CMO You Mon Tsang

Beltsville, Maryland (PRWEB) June 09, 2014

Vocus, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based marketing software, today released “Measure & Maximize PR Impact.” This white paper explores how public relations (PR) professionals can capture the return on investment (ROI) of their initiatives to create more effective campaigns and use data to meet bottom-line business goals.

“The digital era has provided PR professionals with more data than ever before,” said Vocus Chief Marketing Officer You Mon Tsang. “However, there’s always been a steep learning curve to show the ROI of favorable impressions and relationships. Without proper measurement, it’s virtually impossible to accurately pinpoint what’s working and what’s not. This white paper equips practitioners with the know-how to measure, report on, and improve their PR activities.”

PR has been around for over 100 years, but like marketing, it has seen great change since the rise of social and digital. Today’s PR professional is not merely the person writing news releases or pitching stories, awards and speaking opportunities. They are interacting with bloggers, influencers, journalists and interested parties via social and other channels.

Practitioners also find themselves required to measure success through real, bottom-line business results like never before. Businesses and organizations want to know what effect their PR activities are having on the marketplace, and more importantly, their audiences. The days of reporting on impressions, “advertising value equivalency” (AVE), and social likes are waning in favor of reporting numbers that show a direct correlation with revenue and other quantifiable goals.

Measuring PR is not a one-to-one ratio of an action resulting in a specific business result. It’s more about measuring three components, according to Ketchum Global Research & Analytics: outputs, outcomes and business results – and it’s incomplete without monitoring.

In the “Measure & Maximize PR Impact” guide, PR practitioners will learn how to measure business results and report on ROI. The guide focuses on how to:

  • Define the metrics that matter and present them to team members, executives and stakeholders.
  • Establish standards for measuring PR and delivering better results.
  • Monitor and measure in order to respond to real-time trends with relevant stories.

Vocus’ “Measure & Maximize PR Impact” guide is available as a free download here.

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About Vocus
Vocus provides leading cloud-based public relations and marketing software that enables companies to acquire and retain customers. The company offers products and services to help clients attract and engage prospects, nurture and convert customers, and measure and improve PR and marketing effectiveness. More than 16,000 annual subscription customers across a wide variety of industries use Vocus software. The company is headquartered in Beltsville, MD with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.vocus.com or call (800) 345-5572.

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