There has been incessant talk by some myopic practitioners that startups do not need PR (public relations) at all, much less an agency. However, is that practical, realistic, or beneficial?
If you are into photography, you would know what a shallow depth of field (DOF) means. Images with shallow DOF are more dramatic, and call us to specific things to focus on. What does shallow DOF have to do with publicity and branding?
Many smaller businesses (and larger ones) tend to avoid the media like the plague, frequently resorting to “no comment” above all else. Not only do you alienate the media and risk bad publicity and eventual blackouts (i.e. the media will neglect you when you DO need publicity), you also give up the opportunity to create new partnerships and allies.
Advertising as a marketing vehicle has seen a steady decline through the years, with margins eroded by drastic price-cutting from media owners such as newspapers, TV, radio stations, and especially online media. The reasons are simple – the advertisers have decreasing performance, profit deficits, heavy debt, near bankruptcies, and the last thing on their minds would be to spend more money in advertising.