PR ON THE GO August 2, 2023

Unlocking Opportunities: When and How to Organize a Press Trip for Optimal Business Growth

Most journalists or influencers don't enjoy being bombarded with media pitches, but they do relish the excitement of being invited to new places and experiences. Entrepreneurs seeking to promote their local businesses, wellness hubs, or travel agencies can harness the power of press trips to captivate the attention of both media professionals and potential customers. Press trips offer a unique opportunity to showcase the essence and value of your brand while fostering meaningful connections and generating positive publicity.

In this article, we've gathered insightful tips for the strategic timing and essential steps required to orchestrate a successful press trip, enabling you to propel your business growth through the art of public relations.

Create Unforgettable Media Experiences and Build Lasting Relationships.

Andrea Sok, SOK Influencer PR

"Press Trips are a great way to immerse the media in your business or organization so they truly experience it as your customers do. These highly experiential opportunities are best suited for businesses based in a highly sought after location, or those operating in hospitality, voluntourism, and wellness.

To get started- hire someone! Your focus as the business owner or entrepreneur is to be available and present for your guests. You do not want to be consumed with all the details and miss out on quality interaction with the media.

Second, clearly define your goals. I recently worked with a client hosting a wellness retreat and although one of our goals was to secure coverage by a top tier outlet, this was the first of many future retreats so we couldn’t neglect the need for content capture and a solid social strategy.

Provide exclusive access and interviews. What behind-the-scenes activities or one-on-one interviews can you offer? Finally, remember that your work isn’t over when the trip ends. Follow up and keep nurturing those relationships. This will lay the groundwork for future coverage."

Drive Local Business Success

Emily Reynolds-Bergh, R Public Relations

"Press trips can be powerful for promoting local businesses in a wide variety of industries. For example, a local spa could host a press trip offering regional journalists a firsthand experience with their offerings and put them up in town for a night. PR professionals organize press trips by identifying relevant media outlets and reporters, crafting personalized invitations, organizing the itinerary, covering travel expenses, arranging interviews with key personnel, and providing unique experiences that showcase the business. Return on investment includes generating media coverage, increasing brand visibility, and attracting potential customers."

Plan with Clear Objectives

Rafael Sarim Özdemir, Zendog Labs

"Start your press trip planning by pinpointing your objectives. These could be increasing brand visibility or promoting a new product, all in line with your growth strategy. Target relevant media personalities, offering them a unique experience via personalized invitations. Craft an engaging itinerary, blending in hands-on experiences and expert-led activities.

Cooperation with industry partners can enrich the trip's appeal. Provide authentic interactions and high-quality content for compelling stories. After the trip, measure your success by analyzing metrics like website traffic and social media engagement, while maintaining media relationships for future prospects."

Time with Key Events

Marco Genaro Palma, TechNews180

"My advice is to plan press trips when you have significant updates or unique offerings to showcase. Start by identifying and aligning key relevant events and media outlets with your target audience, and craft a narrative to showcase your offerings. Provide a memorable experience, highlighting the essence of your brand.

Additionally, use social media and influencers to amplify coverage, and follow up with personalized content to maintain relationships."

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Monitor Impact and Consider Virtual Options

Mathew Bowley, Solmar Villas

"Monitor media coverage and measure the impact of the press trip on your company's growth. To measure the effectiveness of the trip, track indicators like website traffic, social media engagement, purchases, and overall brand visibility.

I advise you to investigate the possibility of establishing virtual press trips to reach media guests from different geographical places, particularly in cases where actual travel may be difficult."

Retain Momentum Post-Trip

Kim Leary, squibble

"As a businessman who operates several businesses while in Dubai, I can tell you that launching a business anywhere around the world is not only possible, but is also celebrated and encouraged by today's interconnected world. One example is a local clothing boutique that tapped us to expand their reach worldwide.

Expanding dramatically broadens your PR opportunities since your market is not longer limited to a local sphere. It allows for multimarket visibility, letting you engage with global media outlets, influencers, and a more diverse range of customers. A sound PR strategy for a global launch would be to tell your unique story and make it resonate to your audience. Collaborate with local influencers, localize your content, and highlight your brand's universal appeal."

Outline Objectives and Know Your Audience

Gerrid Smith, Texas Property Tax Loan Pros

"Before planning a press tour, it is critical to clearly outline your objectives and identify your target audience. Determine what precise aims you want to achieve with the trip, such as growing brand awareness, demonstrating new items, or garnering media coverage.

Personalize your strategy based on whether you work in wellness centers, travel agencies, hospitality, destination marketing, or adventure and outdoor recreation. Understanding your target audience's tastes and interests can help you personalize the trip to their needs."

Prepare a Comprehensive Press Kit

Adam Crossling, Zenzero

"Make a press kit with pertinent information about your company, product, or service. Include high-quality photographs, press releases, background information, and any other assets that may be valuable to the media. I suggest determining your company's strengths and weaknesses to improve future press visits and marketing campaigns."

Leverage Content Marketing and Social Media

Claire Jill Parker, GoVisaFree

"I would recommend that you encourage people to share their experiences on social media by using a unique hashtag. Utilize content marketing by providing high-quality photos and intriguing anecdotes from the trip.

Use the content developed during the press trip to maintain momentum and engage with a larger audience. Share this content on your website, social media channels, and email newsletters to keep the buzz going and encourage business growth."


This article was published in collaboration with Featured.

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