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Public relations account executives manage the information between organisations or individuals and the general public. They promote their clients to their intended audiences through news items, press releases and product placements.

A PR account executive works within a wider team and aims to influence public opinion or behaviour without the use of paid advertising.

By generating positive news coverage, achieving product placement without payment in broadcast, print and new media, and placing spokespeople as commentators, a PR account executive works to proactively promote the profile and reputation of their clients.

Typical work activities

The work of a public relations (PR) account executive is likely to vary from day-to-day, depending on the organisation and sector.

PR agencies often specialise in specific industry sectors, such as consumer, business-to-business (B2B), financial or healthcare.

Tasks typically involve:

  • liaising on a daily basis with clients and the media, often via telephone and email;
  • relationship building and networking with colleagues, clients and the media;
  • monitoring the media, including newspapers, magazines, journals, broadcasts, newswires, social media sites and blogs, for opportunities for clients;
  • working as part of an account team to develop client proposals and implement the PR activity;
  • preparing regular client reports and attending client meetings;
  • researching, writing and distributing press releases to targeted media;
  • promoting news stories and features to the media, known as 'selling in';
  • collating, analysing and evaluating media coverage;
  • event management, including press conferences and promotional events;
  • attending and promoting client events to the media;
  • assisting with the production of client publications, such as in-house magazines;
  • commissioning market research;
  • coordinating studio or location photography;
  • undertaking research for new business proposals and presenting to potential new clients;
  • managing the PR aspect of a possible crisis situation.

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Written by Gemma Halder, AGCAS
December 2014

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