What are SMARTER PR objectives?By Jason Mudd
June 8, 2020
Let’s get SMARTER about PR
By now, you’ve probably heard about S.M.A.R.T. objectives (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) and using them for PR. We blogged about SMART objectives and how to be a SMART communications pro frequently.
There’s a movement to add ER to SMART objectives and push for SMARTER objectives, and we love it!
Two additional criteria to make SMART objectives SMARTER:
E (Ethical): The objectives should be ethical and in-line with your company’s code of conduct. It’s important to remind and emphasize this to company employees. Although your company may wish to grow sales, you want to emphasize that honesty remains paramount. Avoid hard-selling or bullying your clients into buying your products. Humans tend to prefer work that aligns with their values.
R (Recorded): The objective should be recorded and shared publicly. Writing down your objectives helps you complete them. Document the steps you are taking to achieve it. Experts say you should write down your goals daily. Some even suggest writing them down in the morning and at the end of the day to maximize those results. As the days, weeks, and months progress, this focus will help you achieve it.
SMART objectives are a common practice at our agency... And now we're improving our SMART objectives by adding the E.R., making it and our PR programs SMARTER.
Specific • Measurable • Attainable • Realistic • Timely • Ethical • Recorded
The idea behind SMART objectives first appeared in a 1968 paper by Dr. Edwin Locke on how appropriate goal setting results in improved performances. It wasn’t until the November 1981 issue of Management Review that SMART objectives first appeared. Its creator, George T. Doran, created SMART objectives to streamline management goal writing.
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