Social Media Expertise Key to Winning PR Pitches -- But Only if the Client is Under 45

A recent poll of marketers and PR practitioners by Furlong PR has shown that the majority (51%) think social media is the most valuable expertise PR agencies can bring to a pitch scenario in 2011.

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Social media key to winning PR pitches but only if the client is under 45
While the young clearly believe a social media ingredient is crucial to winning a PR pitch in 2011, anyone over 45 just as clearly thinks it isn’t.

(PRWEB UK) 26 May 2011

A recent poll of marketers and PR practitioners by Furlong PR has shown that the majority (51%) think social media is the most valuable expertise PR agencies can bring to a pitch scenario in 2011.

Both social media & online content generation polled way ahead of old school media relations expertise which only 16% think is now key to winning new business.

However the poll did reveal a massive disagreement between the older and younger pollsters. In the 45+ age category media relations is considered most important and social media the least.

Search engine optimization came in last with 7%, underlining that clients do not expect SEO to lead the agenda in PR pitches.

Furlong PR CEO Ross Furlong commented; “The poll confirms that age is a massive factor in the perception of ‘new fashioned’ pr techniques. While the young clearly believe a social media ingredient is crucial to winning a PR pitch in 2011, anyone over 45 just as clearly thinks it isn’t. This is disappointing but not surprising. Convincing senior management of its value is the chief obstacle to adoption.”

232 votes were cast in the month long poll conducted on LinkedIn during April 2011. Full results of the poll are available here:

http://linkd.in/hymGP6

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