7 out 10 People say they want measurementPosted: December 10, 2007
I’ve been digging around for articles on measurement in PR as I still believe it is an area that needs greater attention. In so doing I came across a paper by Chris Cartwright, MD of Harvard in the UK who carried out a survey on the subject. The paper is pretty good and certainly worth a quick read, though I should warn you it’s even drier than this blog. The one thing that really caught my eye was the opening statement: “While 7 out of 10 PR practitioners agree that PR evaluation is an important part of their role…” I had to read this several times because I was stunned. What this says is that 30% or nearly one in three DON’T think measurement is important. Again I’m truly amazed by this. I can understand some people may not want to be measured because they’re not doing a good job but to check a survey box that that says you don’t think it is important perhaps explains why measurement is still so low on the agenda. I’d love the various PR institutions to take this subject on. I’d love the major brands to make it a top priority. But it would seem that until the three people out of every ten that don’t see measurement as important are persuaded to think again then not much will happen.
Here’s the link to Chris’s article: http://www.chime.plc.uk/downloads/PR-Evaluation-Survey-Chris-Cartwright-Harvard-Nov07.pdf