Relic’s first step in developing an effective public relations plan was to make a content calendar. This allowed the team to organize the tasks for UVHBA and stay on track with deadlines. The team also decided on messaging and angles that media outlets and readers would find the most interesting about the parade. Relic’s PR team then researched potential journalists to send pitches. In doing so, the team created local, regional, national and blogger media lists to separate individual pitches.
The Relic PR team wrote three press releases about the Parade of Homes. The local press release provided information about the parade and let locals know how they could attend. The regional press release discussed home design trends and encouraged people to view the homes on the website. The national press release highlighted women of the UVHBA Parade. Three of the parade homes had strong ties to women’s leadership. The House That She Built was built entirely by women — from general contractors to interior designers. Another house was built by a woman-owned company. The third house’s general contractor was a woman.
Relic sent the journalists press releases to spread the word about UVHBA’s Parade. As a result, 18 journalists wrote about the parade for their publications. This was a 3x increase in the coverage from 2020. UVHBA especially wanted its story in Utah Style and Design Magazine. Thanks to Relic’s efforts in working with the magazine, Utah Style and Design published five stories about the parade. Other articles were featured in Blog Lovin’, Provo Daily Herald, Deseret News, Utah Valley 360, Standard Examiner, Home Accents Today and more. Article sentiment was 86.7% positive and 13.3% neutral. The articles received 1,712 engagements including likes, comments and shares.
Relic pushed the press release about the women in the parade over PR Newswire. In the first two hours, 104 publications picked up the story. Relic also pitched the press release to Utah Business, who posted the story on its website. The story received 896 views and was the main highlight in Utah Business’s Real Estate Weekly email newsletter.
Relic created three videos to create engagement with the Parade of Homes online. The videos highlighted two home builders and one landscaper. Members of Relic’s team wrote scripts, interviewed the crews, filmed videos and took photos throughout the home. Relic’s creative team edited the videos. UVHBA posted the videos to its Facebook page. The three videos reached 3,473 people and received 475 engagements.
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