PR Business: It’s About Time Management

by coach on July 9, 2010

Just a quick post this sunny Friday on the challenge of PR and time management.

So, a PR pro dies and goes to heaven. “There must be some mistake,” she argues, standing in front of the Pearly Gates. “I’m too young to die. I’m only forty-five.” “Forty-five?” says Saint Peter. “No, according to our calculations, you’re eighty two.” “How’d you get that number?” she asks. Answers Saint Peter, shaking his head: “We added up your time sheets.”

Yes, it’s the curse of the PR business. There’s never enough time and there’s never enough budget. Clients want the best, most experienced team on their account. Yet they often only want to pay junior hourly rates.

It’s especially difficult with social media projects where work is often done by more junior staff, yet supervision and management are still required to ensure results and prevent online crises.

So what’s the solution for PR agency and account managers?

There are several possibilities:

  • ensure your time-tracking system is superb; you need to track and manage time well; and there are some great, inexpensive online systems available
  • budget your projects adequately, including project team and management time where needed
  • have clear objectives and meet them; clients will not have budget issues if you meet objectives
  • make certain each team member is clear on their own budget hours; it’s easy to run overtime on pet projects
  • if you need extra hours to hit a grand slam, don’t be afraid to ask your client if you’re confident about delivering results.

So that’s it for today other than the usual Friday PR Picks.

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