I occassionally browse online sites where people post projects that they require freelance support for. This morning one caught my eye because it’s right up my street – a small company wanting support to boost their online PR. Great! A small company thinking along the right lines. Many don’t even yet understand the benefits of online PR, so fantastic to see one that not only understands the benefits, but realises that support is potentially needed.
Then, this line in the description of their requirements:
‘We estimate approx 4 days, 2 days for each website should suffice.’
Not so great. 2 days work, then nada, for online PR for a website? Online PR isn’t a ‘project’ that can be done and dusted in 2 days. It has to be a sustained effort, ongoing, nurtured and loved. Otherwise it is doomed to failure! Sure, in two days you can do enough to improve your SEO in the short-term, but for real online PR, companies should be dedicating much more time and resource to supporting an ongoing campaign. Think of online PR as a relationship – it interests you, yet you begin with caution at first, then you get carried away in the rush of excitement and can’t tear yourself away, then you settle down into a nice comfortable routine – at ease, dedicated, devoted even – with the odd pleasant surprise but otherwise a nice routine of committment and sustained effort. Online PR is a marriage, not an affair!