Evidence-based Public Relations & Marketing Strategies

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Listening to a webinar hosted by David Bland and Alex Osterwalder on the topic of testing business ideas they discussed the relative value of the idea and evidence that a business model will build a successful company.  Too often the focus is placed on the idea rather than evidence that the product or service – or the business itself – will be profitable.  It is the same for public relations and marketing – too often the focus is on the tactical activity rather than evidence it is delivering the desired commercially-valuable outcome.

If startups and small businesses, or more established organizations for that matter, asked for tangible evidence that their efforts would deliver a commercially-valuable outcome they may not be as willing to part with the expensive retainer fees demanded by traditional agencies.

But evidence shouldn’t only be used as a way to quantify the ultimate value of a strategies – it should also be used to build and validate them incrementally.  Each step of the strategy should be developed as a hypothesis, tested through experimentation and iterated based on hard evidence.