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New app to get advisers on PR front foot

Financial services public relations consultancy 64 Media has launched a free online tool to help advisers market their services via the media.

64 Media principal Julie Bennett said the app would show advisers how to publicise their successes to consumers as well as helping to change public perceptions of advisers.

“We believe most advisers do great work in planning the financial futures of their clients but the actions of a small number of advisers over recent years have tarred the entire industry,” she said.

“We need more positive stories about the great work advisers do and we hope the app prompts them to begin learning the skills they need to better tell those stories to journalists.”

She suggested licensees could also take advantage of the online tool.

“We know there are licensees who are concerned about their advisers speaking to the press and we hope that by providing some insights into the way journalists work, the app can provide a small first step towards helping them overcome this concern,” she said.

According to Ms Bennett, the tools are a “first step” for advisers who have not previously worked with the media.

“Although many advisers do have great stories to tell, they may not have the know-how or the budget to embark on a full PR campaign,” she said.