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Infographic: A Day in the Life of a Public Relations Director

While the specific day-to-day tasks of a public relations director vary, essential duties, communication roles and leadership abilities are required to succeed in this exciting, fast-paced position.

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A Day in the Life of a Public Relations Director

Infographic Timeline Text:

  • 6:45 am: Read daily news & industry blog posts
  • 7:30 am: Respond to overnight emails (Europe, Asia & Australia); Process client activities that happened overnight
  • 8:20 am: Connect with account team while commuting and identify goals for the day; Call overseas clients before the end of their business day
  • 9:00 am: Meet with account teams to determine what content will be activated today; Identify issues on news cycle; Monitor traditional and social media channels for client discussion
  • 11:00 am: Strategy call with client and marketing team about press releases, events, timelines, and budget to support a new product launch; Listening, taking notes, providing recommendations and managing client expectations
  • 11:45 am: Assign team members to coordinate venue, staffing and schedule availability for a client’s PR event; Direct and assign copy-writing for event invitation and associated press release; Ensure morning time sensitive tasks completed
  • 1:00 pm: Lunch break; Great opportunity to return phone calls, reach out to reporters, or have lunch meetings with clients or media
  • 2:20 pm: Focus on scheduling major events, client interviews, press releases, and publication content pieces; Prepare for and make travel preparations for any major client meetings, potential client pitches or industry events
  • 3:30 pm: Client strategy development: budgets, organizational goals, campaign objectives, and market research plans
  • 4:15 pm: Review email; Complete outstanding daily tasks, final calls to journalists, send off proofed articles, or following up on coverage of events
  • 5:30 pm: If there are evening client activities, they might include award ceremonies, film premiers, or mingling with political leaders; If there aren’t client activities or deadlines, head home for the day; Continue to monitor email and the news cycle

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