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12 Killer B2B PR Strategies To Try In 2023

Business-to-business public relations – B2B PR – isn’t just for emergencies. Excellent PR campaigns are a critical part of any comprehensive B2B marketing strategy. They play a pivotal role in shaping a company’s image, reputation and relationships. Joined-up B2B PR campaigns then help them engage with their key stakeholders as they build authority and trust.

Here are 12 effective B2B PR strategies to consider for your business.

1. Thought leadership

When your key executives appear as industry thought leaders, your company is positioned as a trusted authority. Encourage members of your senior leadership team to speak at industry conferences, participate in panel discussions and have articles attributed to them. This shows the outside world how much you understand your sector.

2. Content marketing is B2B PR’s staple

In the world of B2B, content is king. Developing and sharing high-quality content that is specific to your industry offers valuable insight into your work to potential customers. Whitepapers, case studies and blogs should concentrate on the challenges that your B2B audiences face. Businesses will then view your brand as a source of vital information.

3. Media relations

Building and nurturing relationships with key industry journalists is a great help to your brand. When the time comes to write compelling press releases, you can call on the journalists to help secure coverage which will boost your brand’s credibility when it lands. 

4. Brush up your B2B PR networking at trade shows and exhibitions

Attending industry-specific expos and other trade shows gives you the ideal platform to showcase your work to a wider audience. You can network with your peers and generate PR opportunities with product launches while you’re there.

5. Awards and other recognitions in the B2B PR space

There will undoubtedly be industry awards dedicated to your sector. Entering them brings recognition in your field and can result in important, third-party validation of the expertise and quality you provide which, again, will boost your reputation.

6. Case studies are B2B PR gold

Stories of how your product or service has helped real-world customers are vital. They show the practical value that you can bring to businesses and the benefit of what you do to the B2B marketplace.

7. Partnerships and alliances

This is a two-pronged attack. Collaboration with businesses that are complementary to yours can lead to joint efforts in co-marketing, which takes advantage of both their reach and your PR efforts. All the while, your associations with respected partners in their field strengthens your brand’s credibility further.

8. Research and surveys

Conducting, and publishing the results of, industry-specific research and surveys will provide you with data-driven insight into what matters to your potential customers. These will position your company as thought leaders, generate interest in the media and further establish your reputation.

9. Crisis management

It’s good to be prepared. A crisis management plan outlines how your business might handle various scenarios when the worst happens. If a crisis breaks, remember that transparent, timely and empathetic communication can not only protect your reputation. It may even enhance it too.

10. Employee advocacy will help your B2B PR

It’s important not to lose sight of your employees when focusing on your PR. An employee’s authenticity when they are engaged with and proud of the company they work for can promote its brand. They will use their personal networks and social media platforms to talk about why they love working for your company.

11. Webinars and workshops

Webinars, workshops and educational events for your audience demonstrate how willing you are to look after the current and next generations in your sector. By educating the industry and showing how your business solves specific problems, you are building trust and authority as a forward-looking business.

12. Measuring and analysing your B2B PR

Continuous improvement is important in PR. By measuring the impact of your efforts, you can monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) such as media mentions, website traffic, lead generation and social media engagement. You can look at what has worked, what hasn’t and refine or optimise your PR strategy when looking at your measurement and analytics activity’s data.

Conclusion

These B2B PR strategies give a flavour of how you can engage your peers and potential customers in your chosen sector. The strategies should be tailored to your industry, your target audience and their specific goals, whichever way you choose to implement them. A holistic PR plan will build and enhance your business’s reputation, foster trust and strengthen relationships with B2B stakeholders.

It’s important to stay abreast of the constantly evolving B2B landscape and to assess and amend your PR strategies depending on what you find. This will help you further understand the needs of your audience and how you can fulfil them.  

To talk about your B2B PR strategy and how we can build your brand, get in touch!

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