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    PR tips to guarantee a highly regarded practice

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to “Eye Catching: Let's Chat,” a blog series featuring contributions from members of the ophthalmic community. These blogs are an opportunity for ophthalmic bloggers to engage with readers with about a topic that is top of mind, whether it is practice management, experiences with patients, the industry, medicine in general, or healthcare reform. The series continues with this blog by Georgette Pascale, president and chief executive officer of Pascale Communications. The views expressed in these blogs are those of their respective contributors and do not represent the views of  Ophthalmology Times or UBM Advanstar.

     

    The main question I get asked as a public relations professional is “what is PR?”

    pub·lic re·la·tions

    noun

    plural noun: public relations

    the professional maintenance of a favorable public image by a company or other organization or a famous person.

    Read our previous Let's Chat blog: Revenue tips for your practice

    When you eat, sleep, live, breathe, and love something this much, sometimes you assume (I know, bad word) others understand the same intricacies of your craft. Public relations is complex, and healthcare PR has even more specificities than other industries thanks to HIPPA laws, FDA regulations, off-label concerns, etc. So here we go!

    So how do I define PR?

    Contrary to (unfortunate) popular opinion, it’s not about “spin.” Rather, it’s getting the good word out, and utilizing third parties, other than an internal spokesperson. It’s about managing expectations—of the client, the media, and key stakeholders.

    It’s also about seamlessly coexisting with a myriad of other related, but very different and valuable promotional tools. PR, marketing, advertising, digital branding, and many other cogs in the wheel work very well together when carrying a common message or theme.

    Advertising provides support in a more controlled setting, meaning you can really tweak verbiage to be exactly what you want, as you are paying for that space.

    OD-performed surgery unacceptable, dangerous

    With editorial, there can (and sometimes, should) be other opinions, other technologies included. If you are perusing the Sunday New York Times for instance, you might pause momentarily to eye the five-carat diamond in a Tiffany’s ad, or you might be more inclined to spend several minutes reading and retaining an article about how Tiffany’s acquires their diamonds.  

    Both together are impactful and serve an important purpose.

    Next: Why every physician needs to understand PR

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