As a public relations agency we are regularly contacted by charitable organizations that need help to raise funds or to promote their cause but are cash strapped having very limited funds to hire a communications professional. Most times the organizations have volunteers assigned to the role of public relations officer that lack the necessary skill set to do the job. If you find yourself in this position, here are eight strategies you can adopt, using both traditional and social media tactics, to help gain exposure for your cause.
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I had the privilege of participating in a crisis masterclass in February. The one-week “Rapid Response Communication in a New Age” course targeted undergraduates in public relations at the University of Florida, but department chair, Dr. Marcia DiStaso, invited graduate students to attend. I am not going to tell you about the class itself (it was awesome). Instead I will tell you about the five things I learned from Linda Rutherford, Southwest’s chief of communications who flew all the way from Dallas to conduct the one-day crisis simulation, that are important to be successful as a public relations practitioner.