Monday, December 12, 2011

One PR Shop's Branding Effort Falls Flat

Boston-based public relations shop Lois Paul & Partners (LP&P) has been on a roll.

It recently celebrated its 25th year in business, moved its corporate HQ from the suburbs to the heart of the city, and introduced a sharp, new corporate identity.  I have to acknowledge that as the owner of a communications consultancy I peer at LP&P with envious eyes.

That is until I came across the new positioning line the firm introduced with its jazzed up logo, “What’s next is everyday.”

Hmmm…I don’t get it.  To me, this themeline is a statement of the obvious which is absolutely not the mission of a high performance, creative public relations firm.  

In representing its clients, a PR, advertising, marketing or social media firm must strive to find the unique attributes and angles that will resonate with key audiences, while reinforcing a set of well defined business goals.

Plus, public relations and communications professionals in both corporate and agency environments are often challenged to help top executives communicate messages in clear and succinct language.  Confusion stands as an enemy of effective PR.

LP&P does attempt to provide more insight into the strategy behind “What’s next is everyday” in this blog post.  Yet, I even find their explanation confusing.

“…we’re proud to be as strong as we’ve ever been and that at the end of the day, we’ve retained our core values of integrity and balance that help us build honest, down-to-earth partnerships with our clients.”

LP&P is a fine agency and should be proud of their exceptional work.  Personally, I don't consider this effort success story worthy.

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