SMEs should leverage Public Relations for business growth – PR Consultant advises

Esi Essuman-Johnson

The Principal Consultant and Co-founder of Mahogany Consult, Esi Essuman-Johnson, has urged Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Start-Ups to take advantage of the myriad opportunities Public Relations has on offer to build their brand reputation, connect meaningfully with their customers and set their business on a path of progressive growth.

“Businesses that integrate Public Relations strategies in their day to day operations are better positioned to offer enhanced product and service value that creates customer delight and builds loyalty,” said Ms. Essuman-Johnson.

She was speaking at a one-day workshop dubbed ‘PR101 Workshop for SMEs and Start-Ups: Leveraging PR to your business’ advantage organised by Mahogany Consult, a Public Relations, Events Management and Human Development consultancy.

The sessions, which were moderated by seasoned PR experts from Mahogany Consult, brought together participants from various sectors: energy, architecture, IT, health, agriculture, culinary, policy advocacy, and fashion among others to discuss and learn about PR essentials such as Branding, Traditional & Social Media, Issues and Crisis Communication, Stakeholder Relationship Management and Financing PR.

Speaking on Branding, she said it is a continuous process that transcends the tangible and visual elements customers feel or see regarding the business, and encompasses everything about the brand and its engagements with its stakeholders.  She added that incorporating tried-and-tested Public Relations strategies into the Branding process will guarantee a robust Brand and good Brand reputation – which ultimately fuels business growth.

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She advised businesses to invest in building their brand reputation, adding that: “Your brand reputation derives from everything your customers and other stakeholders experience about your brand. So, it’s important that businesses focus not only on the the customer and quality of products and services, but equally other Brand touchpoints and the many other important relationships which support your business to grow profitably”.

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