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What is PR?

How many times have you heard of Public Relations?

Surely on many occasions you have heard about Public Relations, there are as many definitions of Public Relations as people who have tried to define this concept that we would not reach a single book to get to standardize a single concept , however we share our definition:

"Public Relations is the discipline that allows to connect the organization with its audiences of interest, in order to generate, strengthen and maintain a relationship with them. Prevolucion

Still, to understand them in a better way we suggest that you analyze the following situation.

The Bakery "Delipan" wants to make itself known as one of the best bakeries in Guatemala and therefore has 3 options.

  1. Wait for people to water their voices and tell their friends that their product is of very good quality, excellent taste and fair price.
  2. Pay a good sum of money so that on some billboard, press page and / or social networks an advertisement will come out warning that the Bakery "Delipan" has the best bread in Guatemala.
  3. Manage with the country's media to test your product and recommend it in a massive way.

Word of mouth

The first option is undoubtedly one of the oldest advertising techniques since word of mouth has served as a reference when choosing a product or service between one or another supplier, however in a globalized and fast-moving world that makes a reference 25 years, the traditional mouth in mouth has fallen short and gave way thanks to the exponential growth that social networks have had to public relations by influencers or influencers, Guatemala is no exception and has already joined this new trend in where influential people in different sectors such as TV presenters, singers, athletes, cooks, bloggers, youtubers, etc. tell us their experiences about certain products or services of specific brands.


The second option can be addressed by traditional advertising or by new and growing advertising through social networks, in Prevolución we believe that both are effective however for some industries one is more effective than another, especially when it comes to non-massive products or services that is to say that they are not aimed at all people, to implement a correct social media campaign requires specialized techniques that will allow you to carry out campaigns focused on your customers remember that it's not always better.

Public relations

The third scenario explains the role that public relations with the mediaplay, which consists in searching for editorial, informative or interview spaces whether in press and written magazines, digital magazines, web blogs, radio and TV. This role of public relations allows our clients to make themselves known in mass media and reach the target audiences that interest them, imagine coming to the TV or radio program that you know your customers tune in frequently and that in it allow you to explain what new to your product or going back to the bakery example that explains the delicate process with which you select the ingredients to cook, that the presenters of that program can taste that delicious bread and at that very moment can recommend it to the diners who tune into that show.

Which one to choose for my company?

We would love to tell you that the best option for your company will always be public relations and forget about the rest, however we can not say that; for each scenario it will be necessary to evaluate the need for traditional advertising, digital advertising, influencers, and public relations. In prevolución we can support you consult us and we can gladly advise you.

Case: Maria Sharapova and the PR


Maria Sharapova and the PR, allies to generate as little damage as possible in the face of the doping crisis

maria sharapovaOn 6 March 2016 during the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova at a press conference convened by herself announced that she had received a letter from the ITF informing her that she had tested positive for the anti-doping test. As the tennis player explained, "In the last 10 years I have taken a medicine that my gpites prescribe, it is called Meldoniun" however this substance had been banned since January 1, 2016.

The tennis player explained that she received a list in December 2015 containing the new banned substances but made the mistake of not reading them. The world of sports was once again paralyzed... however something was different between the news of Maria Sharapova and cases such as those of Lance Armstrong, Diego Armando Maradona, Alex Rodriguez, James Tonet, Dieter Baumann among many other athletes who had also tested positive for doping.

The Role of PR (Public Relations)

Sharapova with a clear vision of the power of relations was an extraordinary anticipation of what would be an imminent wave of attacks and rejections when the ITF publicly announced the results of anti-doping tests, highlighting an excellent execution of the crisis management.

Maria seized the moment and took responsibility for the results by accepting her guilt, not without first highlighting her unconditional love for the sport she has been practicing for several years. Hers testimony that alluded to ignorance at the prohibition of such substance, ALL accompanied by adequate bodily language (hand at heart, compunged gestures), to evident his repentance and sorrow in the face of such a situation.

While such anticipation failed to change the sporting and economic sanctions that would logically lead to the results of the anti-doping test, in public opinion it did have a different effect from similar doping cases. Her social media followers turned to support former tennis world No. 1 and even as a result of that event the hashtag emerged in support of Maria #LetMariaPlay and #StandWithMaria.

Likewise, its sponsors suspended their support for the tennis player by leaving the doors to negotiations in the face of a possible return to professional sport by Sharapova, a situation that did not favor other athletes in the same way.

It is for this reason that we consider Maria Sharapova an excellent exponent of how to make excellent crisis situation management and take advantage of media attention to gain the support of her followers in an adverse situation and avoid as little as possible the harm to her public image.

Maria Sharapova's 4 points of success in crisis management

Here are, from our opinion and expertise, the 4 important points that Maria Sharapova uses for crisis management:

  • Anticipation: in a globalized world and where social media has exceeded the speed of conventional media it is crucial to act promptly, in this particular case the key was to anticipate giving our true and own version of the facts to avoid guesswork.
  • Taking over the situation: It is crucial that in the face of any media crisis those involved take charge of the situation in which they are involved and demonstrate the best willingness to clarify the picture. In this case Maria Sharapova and her PR team had every willingness to convene and serve the media.
  • Image consistent with the situation: remember that it is extremely important that the image presented to any situation, especially in crisis, is consistent with what we say. Maria came to the conference formally dressed, without much makeup and maintained proper body language. Likewise his message was clear and appealed to emotions without losing his temper.
  • Use of social networks: the hashtags generated on networks were also part of the strategy, thus generating empathy with the athlete and reinforcing her image to her followers. It is important to consider networks as communication channels that if used properly are great allies.