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PHM’s clients scoop 11 prizes at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards

The Evening Standard New Homes Awards is always a highly-anticipated date in the property calendar and Friday’s celebrations did not disappoint, with it being one of our most successful competitions to date.

11 of the 23 entries we prepared on behalf of our clients scooped a prize at this year’s ceremony, which took place at the Dorchester Hotel, London. A whopping seven of our clients’ developments took home the winning prize, while four were highly commended in their category.

Our clients won the following prizes at the ceremony:

Winners

Highly commended

  • Kidbrooke Village by Berkeley East Thames was highly commended in the Best Regeneration Project category
  • Victory Pier by Berkeley West London was highly commended in the Best First Time Buyer Home category
  • Streatham Hill by London Square was highly commended in the Best Large Development category
  • Star and Garter by London Square was highly commended in the Best Conversion category

Awards are a brilliant tool for marketing and promotion, offering a respected third-party endorsement as well as the prestige of industry recognition. If you’re considering entering awards for a development or project of which you’re particularly proud but not sure where to start, speak to the PHM team today on 01483 561119.

PHM looks back on 2017

2017: The beginning of the end?

By Lisa Flounders, Account Director, Property House Marketing

2017 could well be the year that the property market started to go into reverse – after years of rising house prices, the lack of affordable housing isn’t just affecting those who are struggling to get onto the property ladder, but also those trying to sell their homes in London and the South East as the pool of possible buyers shrinks.

But what of PR? The past 12 months have seen a real shift in the way businesses communicate. Political leaders have been taking social media matters into their own hands, taking responsibility for their own digital marketing as opposed to hiding behind a slick team of experts. Sometimes it works, as the UK election campaign is anything to go by, and sometimes (no need to mention names), the results are highly controversial. The ethics of communications have also been pushed into the spotlight this year as one of the largest and most well-know PR firms in the world found itself in the center of a scandal, perhaps casting doubt on the reputation of an industry that often exists to protect reputations.

However, the need for consistent, strong and transparent communications remains vital. Efficient and effective PR management and guidance plays a dual role – simultaneously sharing the story and considering the risks. Great PR will see your message distributed to your target audiences cautiously but confidently, ensuring that the perception of your product in the minds of your stakeholders is unshakeably positive.

Times may well be a changin’, but PR remains central to a successful communications strategy and will continue to be so, especially if the waters get choppy.

Its been a busy year, for us and for the property industry; we very much look forward to seeing what 2018 will bring but until then, Merry Christmas!

PR reporting

PR reporting: back to basics?

-By Lisa Flounders, Account Director 

PR reporting is an interesting topic, one which often divides PR professionals and wider communications teams. At PHM, we don’t think that any one way is the best way, but believe that our clients have different needs, different objectives, and therefore require different measurables.

Marketers, quite rightly, want to see quantifiable results for the work they do. They are able to measure content with numbers, very neatly, both digitally and on paper. This is a lot harder to achieve with PR, when the real value is often found in a quick phone conversation to find out what’s appearing in the property supplement at a national paper that weekend, or in knowing where a journalist likes to have coffee.

The industry has used many methods to measure its output and evaluate its results over the years. More traditional methods include AVE, which measures the size and prominence of a piece of coverage in a particular publication or online channel, and seeks to show the value of editorial versus paid-for content. To many, a positive piece of coverage in a weekend broadsheet, accompanied by a high-quality picture, is proof enough. To other clients, a more tailored approach is required, and we’ve been known to build our own evaluative models, based on point systems and key criteria, allowing us to work out where any gaps might be over time.

However we do it, we know that we need to do it in a way that fits the wider marketing objectives of our clients, and allows for a full, comprehensive picture of communications activity across the board. That’s why, as with all of our work, we take a bespoke approach; for PR reporting, one size certainly doesn’t fit all.

If you want to discuss real results, contact the team on info@housegroup.co.uk or 01483 561119.

Property House Marketing - Fireworks

3 ways to create fireworks with your PR content

Forget the gunpowder this 5th November, how can you make your press releases and pitches go off with a bang? Here at Property House Marketing, we don’t think that one size fits all, but there are definitely a few tricks (and treats) that continue to boost the success of your content and cut through the myriad of information that hits a journalist’s inbox every day.

Find your hook

It doesn’t matter how beautiful your new build home is, if it doesn’t have a story attached to it, it isn’t news. Think to yourself, why would a national property supplement want to use this particular home over all others? Make it part of the wider agenda to make it relevant. This is especially important in the digital age. Twitter is good for market research – use trending hashtags to be part of the bigger picture and reach a new audience.

Keep it brief

We appreciate there is plenty to say, and it’s great to give some detail. However, think about your own inbox. What catches your attention? It isn’t paragraphs and paragraphs of writing, that’s for sure. A couple of pictures will show off your product, and a list of bullets can provide some quick info, but treat this as your elevator pitch, and keep it brief.

What have you got, what makes it different/interesting/newsworthy, and why would a journalist want to write about it?

No need to shout

Capital letters in the subject line of an email don’t make you stand out, but they can make your beautifully-crafted content look like junk mail. What’s your USP, and what will appeal to the journalist? This should be your introduction. See above.

If you’re looking for someone to prepare you the press content that creates fireworks, give us a call on 01483 561119 or email info@housegroup.co.uk.

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Three ways to talk to a journalist (without using a press release)

-Lisa Flounders, Account Director at Property House Marketing

There is more than one way to skin a cat, as the saying goes. While we certainly don’t condone that in a literal sense, the meaning is one we take seriously at PHM.

Even as the world moves on, and PR becomes increasingly digital (along with most everything else) we firmly believe that the traditional press release still has its place. However, one size does not fit all, which is true of both clients and journalists – a varied approach to media relations is, and will continue to be, the most effective way to share your message. So beyond the humble news release, how can you ensure your content reaches its target?

  1. The feature pitch

The humble press release should exist to share news, not story angles, and will land in a journalist’s inbox with plenty of other press releases vying for attention. If you have a good idea for a story that provides context to your content, send a simple email instead. A couple of paragraphs and a clear, direct explanation makes for easy and quick reading for a busy journalist.

  1. Twitter

If Facebook talks to community and LinkedIn talks to business, then Twitter talks to everyone. Twitter provides an instant link between journalists and those of us looking to feed in content, against a backdrop of breaking news – ideal for finding those all-important hooks – and urgent media requests issued 20 minutes before a deadline.

  1. Phone

Email is a great tool for ensuring accuracy and creating a paper trail, and evidence suggests that any communication that avoids spoken dialogue seems to be the method of choice for millennials. Breaking with this trend, we’re big fans of the humble telephone – a verbal, instantaneous conversation means that you’re not only able to convey information effectively, but have a better insight into what journalists are looking for. No square pegs/round holes.

 

If you’d like to talk to PHM about a bespoke approach to your PR requirements, call us on 01483 561119 or email info@housegroup.co.uk.