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The diagram below illustrates my approach. First I research: what are the hot topics (Google Trends)?  What keywords are target consumers using (Keyword Planner tool)?  Then I’ll set up robust mechanisms to evaluate the creative, focused communications plan that I’ll implement.

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Getting thought leadership right

Lots of organisations talk about thought leadership, but it’s harder than you might think.

Thought leadership is a popular PR tool, but to gain real traction it needs work. It’s harder than you might think.  The real expert is an individual or organisation that can provide new insight from its own evidence that changes the tone or direction of a debate.  That means they dig deep into data or commission new research to create a compelling argument. Thought leadership as a PR tool is a time-honoured technique.  Annual surveys are one of the most successful.  Organisations can repeat a proven methodology and  comment on how things have changed over time so that the survey and the analysis remain up to date.

Good example

Grant Thornton’s annual Women in Business report covers issues like boardroom quotas.  The findings are summarised in blogs, social media posts and graphics to make them easy to use for stakeholders and media.

Strategy

Real thought leadership should bring together ideas and expertise from across the organisation.  A central committee should set a thought leadership strategy.  That will involve asking searching questions of senior figures.  The PR function has a key role to play here.  The team will  communicate the expertise as a story, relevant, topical and adding to the overall understanding of the subject.

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