It’s Time for a Messaging Spring Clean

In London, it’s still ‘brass monkey’ weather (very cold) out there, but Spring is now on us!   

This is the time to create, upscale or refine your company and proposition messaging. 

 It’s time for that messaging spring clean! 


Clear messaging is essential for tech firms as it underpins key aspects of the growth strategy, including communications, brand building, customer acquisition and retention, market positioning and investor relations. A well-crafted and consistently executed messaging strategy will contribute to the success and expansion of your tech firm. 

As a global communications director, and previous Elate client, says: 

“Your strategic messaging is one of the most important corporate assets you own. It defines what matters: who you are and the value you provide. Done properly, it puts you head and shoulders above the competition. If you’re not sure it’s 100% right, then don’t spend a penny more on communications until it’s nailed.”

“Messaging is the heartbeat of your brand, enabling meaningful connections with customers, prospects, partners, employees, investors and a myriad of influencers. It amplifies the value of your proposition, cultivates a quality reputation and builds your brand’s share of voice.”

Here are a few questions to guide your messaging Spring Clean: 

  • Is your corporate and product messaging aligned with your brand, mission and vision? 
  • Is it overly complicated and can you sum up your value in seconds?
  • Can the team roll off their tongues your top three strategic messages?
  • Do they resonate with your key target audiences? 
  • How does it play in your priority geographic and vertical markets? 
  • Are you leading key industry debates with a clear and authoritative voice? 
  • How does your story compare to key competitors? 
  • Do your messages include evidence or are they simply grandiose claims? 
  • When was the last time you refreshed and tested them? 

To discuss your messaging or 2024 planning, click here to book a short intro strategy call.

As a reminder, Elate Communications is a UK based virtual comms agency focused on supporting US, British and global tech firms to grow and prosper.

How to Sprint Towards a Successful ‘PR / Comms’ Business Relationship

On my run this morning (boy it was Brass Monkey weather today!), I thought about sharing some tips on how to ensure a successful ongoing client / agency relationship.  There are always ups and downs in these arrangements, as it’s of course partly linked to personal chemistry, but here are some of my key points for new, and even the more established PR, comms & marketing professionals, and agencies, on how to keep things positive and mutually successful for 2020.  

Plant Solid Foundations:

Providing upfront clarity is important.  Getting a clear brief, ideally a written one, but a verbal one could work too, on what the business actually needs is key. Beyond providing the key elements of the PR/comms brief, being clear on why the business needs support and what the business goals are, is required.  Is it, for example, about customer acquisition, investment, executive profile, geographic expansion or more likely a combination of connected goals?  Be honest and upfront, to avoid nasty surprises down the line. 

Active Listening:

From the beginning, and throughout the relationship, it’s important that both parties listen, really listen, to each other.  This is not only about building trust, and demonstrating understanding, but will enable the agency team to acknowledge, capture and integrate those ‘golden nuggets’ in to the programme.  Otherwise, these ‘magical gems’ could remain hidden, unsaid or worse still, said but unheard.  Likewise, agency consultants are providing advice that should be well thought-through, so brands should listen carefully, and seriously consider the advice.

Keeping It Fresh:

After the honeymoon period is over, that’s when the real work and fun begins.  The ongoing programme, linked to a clear plan, concise messages and agreed measurables, kicks off in earnest, but is partly dependent on contact, content, collaboration, chemistry and creativity.   Frequent contact with local and global teams will help trigger thinking and ideas, so build that into the schedule.   Content is still king, so ensure that there is a plan and process of identifying and building the smartest content from the most eager executives.  Collaboration with the broader team is key, as this will often inspire and spark ideas, but be frank about what will work in your region.  Chemistry and creativity are big issues, so more may follow here, but separately…

Marathon Not A Sprint:    

Linking ‘rather clumsily’ to my morning run, both sides desire a long term business relationship that is mutually beneficial.  Both honesty and realism are key, from the outset.  When it works well, it’s great, and we’ve all witnessed it work well, and indeed less well.   However, don’t shy away from contentious areas such as budget, mission creep, message challenges, KPIs, choice of agency partners or less than enthusiastic spokespeople / executives, as this all can be addressed.   

If we all collectively strive to move in this direction, this will help set us all up for a sustainable and successful long term and valuable Communications relationship.  Jog on!This is a work in progress for everybody, even us, but it has served us as a good directional guide.  


Progressive technology & B2B firms recognise that their prospective buyers are far more sophisticated than before.

They are assessing your digital footprint, before you’ve even met. Data from Forbes found that 78% of salespeople using social media to sell, out performed those who weren’t. This has big implications for marketing and PR teams, in supporting this evolving sales function. Smaller and forward thinking firms can have a distinct advantage over their larger competitors. Here are ‘some’ basic tips on how to maximise the potential.

Audience Focus:

Take time to consider who your audience really are and where they are likely to be, across the numerous social platforms. This takes some work, but it is important. Don’t be tempted to spread yourself too thinly across all channels, and be everywhere at once. Start small and do it right – then build from there.

Valuable Content:

The business narrative has moved from product benefits to value provided. Across your audience, do a little research to assess what they value, the market & competitive context and how your proposition can add value. Focus your messaging around how you solve business problems, not the speed of your widgets.

Take a Position:

Linked to the above, position yourself as an expert in your field or take on a more challenger or niche role. You should be creating new, content and highlighting new initiatives or thinking. Or take a different slant on an existing client problem.

Build relationships:

This is a tough one, but as in normal life, this takes time and effort. Find out what your customers want and where are their pain points. Be honest and try not to be ‘too marketing’. If you can’t help them, perhaps you know somebody that can? The greater the engagement, the better it will be for your brand and sales efforts.

Keep Track:

Once you’ve got the basics in place, you need to monitor progress and quantify it, as best you can. There are tools available, in assessing what this social activity is actually doing for the business from social metrics up to sales.

There are no sure-fire answers, but if you are not part of the right conversations, in the right places, your competitors no doubt will be. Get going and re-focus, to help your brand and sales grow.