Public relations is a crucial part of a political campaign in today’s digital age. Political public relations strategies have become increasingly important because campaigns need to not only find ways to get their messaging in front of people but also find ways to build trust and loyalty among potential voters.
Here are some tips from our team at Reach Voters on creating an effective plan to help you reach your communications goals:
Public relations or “PR” strategy represents the process to identify whatever goals a campaign wants to achieve. This includes targeting a potential voter base and establishing the best possible tactics to deliver messaging once the campaign identifies these groups.
A campaign can rely on political public relations to obtain coverage in the media, even if this means a smaller publication in local news or on the radio. PR additionally works to maintain relationships with campaign supporters while making the proper efforts to establish communication and outreach for potential new voters as well. No matter what your goals are, you’ll need to have a PR strategy in place.
Before a political campaign can begin creating and dispersing messaging content, PR specialists and campaign managers must determine a target base or “audience”. Beginning here will help the campaign decide on specific messaging or communication tactics it can use to properly deliver messaging.
Politicians may create an audience persona in instances where they want to get more specific about the demographics they target. Many of our recent successful national campaigns like former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump have utilized this tactic to great success.
A public relations campaign will look at a voter base as those with potential interest but who have yet to become involved while continuing to balance messaging with those already likely to support a campaign’s initiatives. Depending on the climate, issues, etc., it may be easier to reach those already supporting a campaign or potential new voters with a vested interest in the platform.
Once a campaign decides on who it should attempt to reach, campaigns should work with the PR team to decide what they intend to accomplish by utilizing political public relations.
Does a campaign need to increase awareness, activate a potential voter base, improve voter turnout, or something else?
Depending on what the campaign’s goals are, they may want to focus on using a certain type of media outlet. Social media and news networks are as politicized and separate today as voters and their parties are themselves. For example, a particular politician or campaign platform might be better suited for communications on Fox News, Facebook, or TRUTH Social over something like Twitter or CNN. However, when attempting to increase campaign awareness, a campaign should focus on reaching as many different outlets as possible.
The tactics a campaign uses may depend on the different goals it establishes, in addition to the type of audience they want to reach. Conducting events that increase media coverage, holding seminars, and using email correspondence all represent modern ways of improving communication tactics with voters and potential ones.
Some additional communication tactics involved with political public relations include:
Campaigns can do a few things to work on the PR strategy. The campaign or politician should be easy to find, have a strong online presence, as well as a website and social media accounts listed on the first page with any search engine.
Advertising is additionally helpful when campaigns need to increase their campaign awareness as one of the most helpful tools to reach large audiences. However, campaigns shouldn’t rely on a singular media outlet that speaks to small and similar demographics. Reaching as many different outlets as possible remains ideal for successful campaigns.
No matter the political arena, a campaign can do well by establishing its political public relations strategy. This is the most helpful method to help politicians reach larger audiences, stimulate voter numbers, and improve public opinion while being active in both large and small communities.
Reach Voters remains a trusted resource within the state of Florida to assist campaigns with their website design, advertising, marketing campaigns, and public relations while additionally producing content that helps to educate voters as well. To learn more about what we can provide your political campaign, reach out to Reach Voters today!