As social media brand campaigns and live streaming continue to evolve into the norm, it may seem as though the traditional press conference is no longer needed, but that is far from the truth. When it comes to crafting a specific message to benefit your credibility, image and brand, there’s nothing like a press conference to help you accurately guide the narrative and highlight your company’s true mission. The question is, when is it appropriate to hold a press conference and what are its risks and potential benefits?
What is a press conference?
A press conference is an organized meeting for the media. It gives brands or individuals the opportunity to share information, make an announcement and answer questions, all in one shot.
When should you hold a press conference?
A public relations press conference is a great way to bring attention to special news that might be of interest to a broad swath of local, regional or national media, including print, broadcast and online outlets. Examples include a new headquarters or plant that creates new local jobs, a lawsuit with a compelling backstory, company, organization, property, government official or agency, an investigation, indictment, land use or business dispute, allegations of criminal activities, responses to controversies involving your company, key executives or products, safety issues, employees or unions and major incidents with injuries or fatalities or crime.
Essentially, a press conference can be appropriate whether your company is celebrating or conducting damage control. If you’re facing bad press, you can use a news conference to help separate fact from fiction to ensure that your message is consistently and accurately communicated to the public. Press conferences help combat gossip and alternative facts that have become increasingly prevalent in the age of social media.