Apr company is a professional services organization, generally hired to conceive, produce and manage un-paid messages to the public through the media on behalf of a client, with the intention of changing the public’s actions by influencing their opinions. Messages are often in the form of news distributed in a non-personal form which may include newspaper, magazine, radio, television, Internet or other form of media for which the sponsoring organization does not pay a fee.
PR professionals usually target only certain segments of the public, since similar opinions tend to be shared by a group of people rather than an entire society. However, by targeting different audiences with different messages to achieve an overall goal, PR professionals can achieve widespread opinion and behavior change.
A public relations firm is independent from the client and provides a third-party perspective on the client’s business, goods or services. Typical pr companyclients include businesses (sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLC’s) and corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
A public relations firm can be as small as one person (sole practitioner) or more than 1,000. In general, those of 9 or fewer employees are considered to be small firms). If a pr company has 10 – 75 employees, that is considered a medium-to-large firm. Above 75 is considered large and represents a minority.
A pr company with a large number of employees generally has multiple offices. In some situations, the additional offices are “service offices” located near a client facility and are there to provide nearby “service.” In such cases, the essence of the pr company that includes creative services, production, etc. are at the headquarters location. The “services offices” are meant to be staffed with account personnel.
The continuing evolution of the pr company is such that a pr company can provide far more than conventional public relations. A full service pr company is one that provides a comprehensive menu of services, including analyst relations, crisis management, e-business strategies, investor relations, labor relations, media relations, public affairs, PR, traffic, branding, product placement, event planning, sports marketing, tradeshow support and an ever-evolving list of attributes that contribute to the marketing and sales of their client’s goods and/or services.