Synergy, the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
Public Relations should be all about synergy. Not just synergy between the agencies and clients, but between any and all interested stakeholders.
It’s easier when it isn’t though. It’s easy to focus narrowly on your client, to fight for column inches, and jealously guard all promotional activities and events.
This approach may garner some responses, may raise interest and credibility, may please your client, and will probably fulfill your contractual obligations to them. Is that where you stop?
Not here at Vivid. We’re not interested in ‘pleased’ clients; we want ‘ecstatic’ clients. We don’t fulfill obligations; we exceed them. Sure, in part this is due to our attention to detail, our refusal to settle for ‘second-best’ for our clients, and the passion we have for the projects we take on.
We’ll not only think of ‘going the extra mile,’ we’ll think of bigger and brighter destinations you can reach on the same tank of petrol. That’s why our client’s keep coming back for new journeys.
We know that even in a commercial world, looking for partners is important. Disagree? Take a look at the (product)RED partnership: over ten global brands, each with huge influence in their own markets, come together in joint campaigns targeted at eradicating poverty and combating aids in Africa. They aren’t scared of cooperating with other organisations towards a common aim. Everyone benefits – from CEOs to consumers, from the impoverished to the wealthy.
Our client, Keebra.com, is organising a series of festive events to benefit the homeless charity, Crisis. Keebra.com is also donating 2000 books to this very worthy cause, books that will be distributed to Crisis’ homeless clients over the festive period. By gaining brand recognition in the UK, Keebra.com will be able to help Crisis with its festive fundraising.
Whether the partner organisation is a different brand in a different market, a charitable cause, or an influential individual, both have more to gain together than alone. Picking the correct partnerships and spotting the gainful opportunities is the key to real synergy. That’s where we come in.
Beware of any communications agency too interested in following your marketing plan to the T. Your agency should exceed your aims by having ideas that you didn’t, and finding new ways to approach the conversions you seek. After all, that’s why you bring on an agency, instead of doing it yourself.
Call us and take your first step towards mutually beneficial outcomes. Let’s see where our synergy takes you.