Situation – Planning a Public Relations campaign can be quite an intricate task. There are many steps that need to be taken in achieving the goal of a campaign, so it is fair to say that the best place to start is…figuring out what the situation is and researching it! Because without understanding the situation, PR professionals cannot set valid objectives for the program (Wilcox et al. 2013). Take the issue of violence against women for example. Unfortunately there have been a significant amount of women in history, who have been abused, and the issue is still prevalent today. Thankfully, due to a thorough understanding of the situation, campaigns have been created and significant improvement has been made to help the issue.
Objectives – Once the situation is understood, objectives can be implemented. Knowing how to set goals and objectives for a campaign, makes the planning more effective (PRIA 2016). For an example, let us pretend that a campaign for violence against women requires $20,000 to be used to rehabilitate women, who do not have safe home environments. According to Wilcox, Cameron, Reber, and Shin (2013), evaluating the proposed objective can be done by asking three questions.
- Does it really address the situation? Yes definitely, because a womens’ shelter can be funded with this money, that will provide a safe and protected environment for them.
- Is it realistic and achievable? Yes, acquiring $20,000 can be achieved through donations from the general public or the government.
- Can success be measured in meaningful terms? Yes, monetary goals are easily measured by an accountant or anyone with basic mathematic skills.
Depending on the complexities of each campaign, PR professionals should give themselves months for planning. This blog post is only touching on the basics of what needs to be covered for a basic violence against women campaign. Research, goals, target audience, strategy, budget, deadlines, are all components of a campaign, which need to be thoroughly assessed in order to make it a success.
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PRIA 2016, Setting goals and objectives makes your PR planning more effective, viewed 01 April 2016, http://www.pria.com.au/priablog/setting-goals-and-objectives-makes-your-pr-planning-more-effective
Wilcox, D, Cameron, G, Reber, B, Shin, JH 2013, THINK Public Relations, Pearson Education Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, United States of America.