The recent passing of Leslie Nielsen has me thinking about comedy and its place in PR.
When you work with a client year after year, the message can get stale. Part of the challenge is coming up with new and engaging ways to say the same thing over and over. The cool part is that on one hand, you have different platforms to distribute your message (thanks social media!), and on the other hand, you have the way in which you say it.
So in a world full of boring press releases, lengthy quotes, stats and the 24-hour news cycle, how do you get someone’s attention?
Consider making your audience laugh.
A good example: I follow a handful of news outlets on Twitter, and while my eyes gloss over as I scan through most of them, the only one I enjoy and share with friends … the AJC. Why? Its tweeters (names still undisclosed) are funny and smart. They make me laugh and I appreciate the tasteful sense of humor they apply to everyday news.
So maybe it’s time to spruce things up and add some levity to your message. Next time an idea makes you laugh in a brainstorm, use it! I bet your audience will think it’s funny too.
Blog Post Epilogue:
In tribute to Mr. Nielsen, and the fact that I used my Thanksgiving vacation to spray WD-40 on every hinge, lock and moving part in my house, two quotes from Spy Hard:
Dick Steele, Agent WD-40: Operator, get me Washington.
Dick Steele, Agent WD-40: D.C.
Veronique Ukrinsky, Agent 3.14: Have a nice flight, and I wish you adieux.
Dick Steele, Agent WD-40: Thank you, but I am quite satisfied with the do I have.