PUBLICITÉ APPOINTED BY THE ABLE AGENT

Estate and Letting Agency Trainer on Growth Trajectory

Publicité is delighted to have been appointed by The Able Agent as the company’s UK PR partner. The team will be supporting the estate and letting agency trainer on their journey, as they grow and expand their online training and qualification platform.

Launched in October 2019 by Charlotte Jeffrey-Campbell, Lee Daymond, Barry Braley and Helen Thompson, The Able Agent was founded in response to the need for flexible, accessible, high-quality training resources in estate and lettings agency. It is the only company offering comprehensive online training and qualifications for estate and letting agents across every aspect of their businesses. 

Charlotte Jeffrey-Campbell, founder and director, The Able Agent, comments: “Since our inception we have gone from strength-to-strength. We are now on a real growth trajectory, and have really stepped up our marketing activities, so we are delighted to have the Publicité team on board.

“There is a huge future in e-learning opportunities, and the property industry is embracing digitalisation and technology to develop and solve current and future sector challenges.”

Katrina Suppiah, Publicité, director, adds, “We are delighted to be working with The Able Agent team, to support their growth and share their message on the importance of lifelong learning and accessible, quality training in the property industry. Exciting times (and content) ahead.”

FOCUS ON FEATURES

You Can’t Lose Focus When it Comes to Features 

One of the first tasks you need to do when kicking off the PR strategy for your business is to take some time to learn and educate yourself on the best ways of working with your target media.

Identify your target publications, or those you already contact/feature most often and take some time to learn how they work. This includes researching:

  • What kind of material do they feature? (news, technical articles, opinion, interviews, case studies or a combination of these)
  • How do they like to be contacted?
  • What kind of format do they like to receive content in?
  • Do they work to an editorial calendar, have regular special features throughout the year or just use relevant content as it is pitched? 

Having this background is critical to developing good media relations. You have to work with editors and journalists and provide them with the material they want, in the format they like. In this piece we are going to focus on features, and how best to make use of editorial calendars to maximise your PR opportunities.

Identify your targets

Your first step will be to review your press lists and identify your target publications, those you regularly work with, as well as those you aspire to be featured in. This can include trade publications, as well as vertical sector media and even national papers which run special features or publications throughout the year.

End of October/early November is generally the opportune time to be starting this project. Too early and the next year’s calendars won’t be published yet, too late and you’ll miss the boat for pitching for features in January-March.

Find the calendars

Not all publications, particularly ones which are solely online, work to ‘features’, but you need to find out which ones do. Features can be listed on a website, but will usually be included in either a standalone ‘editorial calendar’, ‘forward features’ list, or quite often, as part of the publications annual ‘media pack’, alongside advertising costs and opportunities.

You may directly receive from the publication an email containing an editorial calendar or media pack, or you can request from your contact there. For those you haven’t had contact with, take some time to go through the websites for publications to download or find their forward features, or media pack (editorial calendars when part of the media pack are usually towards the back, with all advertising and publication stats in the front).

Select features 

Identify the features which suit your business and you would like to pitch content for and then include them in your own wider PR calendar. Additionally, creating a standalone features calendar which includes more details to help you keep track of deadlines, journalist contacts and manage ideas for pitching can be helpful. 

When choosing the features you want to pitch in for, make sure you can provide the correct materials, images, or product samples, or someone on your team can deliver insight, education and expertise. If the feature is for a specific item or service (e.g. top ten lists), then making sure you appear in as many of the correct features for your products is an important part of a tailored campaign to drive sales. 

Seeing the features publications are planning to run can be an inspiration for hot topics in the year ahead for your business too. 

Pitch in advance

You have to be ahead of the curve so your material engages the journalists interest before competitors, but also hit that ‘sweet spot’ that’s not too early. If the calendar notes deadlines for pitches, and/or deadlines for content submissions make sure you have included those in your calendar. Schedule your contact in your work calendar and prepare your pitches well in advance. 

If you aren’t quite sure what the journalist is planning to cover within the feature (if, for instance, it’s a wide topic) then send in a prospective email, with details about your business, services or product, and what insight or materials you could offer on the topic. Make your pitches concise, but include engaging details and relevant ideas.

Deliver

Once the journalist has confirmed interest in receiving material from you for the feature, ensure you are clear on what they require of you, and their deadline. As always, deliver on time, exactly what was requested by the journalist. 

Keeping track and managing features can be a time-consuming task, but if you prepare in advance and set up protocols to stay on top then it can be very rewarding. Make sure you focus on the task in hand and you’ll be surprised at the opportunities it can bring for your business.