Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in our public relations services. We hope this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page enables you to find the information you need about Palamedes PR and our award-winning campaigns quickly and easily. If you’re unable to find what you need, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Q: Getting started - what are the first steps?

A: We understand that engaging a PR agency can be a daunting and confusing task. That’s why our appointment process is purposefully designed to be quick and easy. Simply choose the PR package that’s right for you and we’ll be in touch – usually on the same day – to arrange a free consultation.

Q: Can we talk through the options?

A: Of course. We provide new clients with a full and free telephone consultation with absoltuely no obligation to engage our services.

What are your areas of public relations expertise?

We secure media coverage for everything including the kitchen sink (literally). Take our global campaign for The Jelly Bean Factory (which saw Kate Middleton’s face on a jelly bean) as an example. But we’re best known as a book PR agency, and for our award-winning work in consumer PR, property (including private property sales), hospitality and tourism, and high-profile launch events. Our publicists, Jon Kirk and Doug Shields, also specialise in reputation management. You can explore our areas of PR expertise on our sectors page.

Will I get on TV?

We obtain loads of TV interviews and radio coverage almost daily (see Latest Publicity), but can’t always guarantee it. Our stories often go international and become major talking points worldwide. Take our ‘Monster Slipper‘ campaign – the story about the delivery of a true monster slipper following an error with a decimal point, for instance. It was covered by Russell Howard’s Good News (and many others).

You can view some of our biggest TV stories and favourite PR campaigns throughout the website.

How can you offer guaranteed publicity?

Most UK PR agencies don’t offer guaranteed publicity because they can’t. With zero experience in the national (or even regional) media, they rely on generic press releases – and blanket distribution using off-the-shelf databases – in the hope that something, anything, will happen. Unlike our competitors, we’re run by seasoned journalists who have broken thousands of stories for the national press. We don’t write press releases and we don’t use off-the-shelf databases. We’re able to guarantee results because we know what makes a great story, we know how to write them, and we know how and where to place them.
Right: Cliff Richard and Elton John at the legendary Sol Mill recording studio, former home of Led Zep guitarist Jimmy Page, which we promoted as a private property sale in the nationals (Pic. copyright Palamedes)

How long do most campaigns last?

That depends on the type of campaign, the nature of our role, and the intended outcome(s). We can usually secure 11th-hour publicity (typically after other public relations agencies have failed to do so) within just a few days of appointment, and widespread coverage within a few weeks – like our “nerd” campaign with Dr Sonja Falck, right, for example. Most PR campaigns, however, will run for between six and 12 weeks.

What is 'Palamedes', is it a large agency, and where it is based?

In Greek mythology, Palamedes (“pal-ah-meed-ies”) was apparently a bit of a controversial star. He led the Nauplians in the Trojan War and is credited with the invention of creative writing. Today, the term ‘Palamedes’ is commonly used to refer to or describe something ingenious.

As for the agency…well, we’re small and independent which means we’re only able to represent a tiny proportion of those who approach us (see About Us). When we launched the ‘Not for Bunnies’ world’s hottest Easter Egg (and its successor, the ‘Vishneaster Egg’, the world’s first inter-religious Easter Egg), for example, we worked on this campaign exclusively.

To protect the health of our employees and our clients following the Covid-19 outbreak, the team are now working from home until they feel it’s safe to return. This past few months has proven we can make that work. The choice about when (or if) they return is theirs.

Do you offer charity PR?

We positively welcome enquiries from charities, NGOs and other welfare organisations which seldom receive the media recognition they deserve. If we can help, we will, and almost always for free or at a heavily discounted rate.

You can view some of our charity PR work, including our campaign for Samaritans with Noel Edmonds, right, on our PR case studies page.

Will a PR campaign always boost sales?

A strategic PR campaign should reach and engage with target audience(s), wherever in the world they happen to be. It will also disseminate positive messages about your brand/product/service by virtue of independent, third party media coverage. But whilst a good PR campaign can and will drive horses to water, it can’t make them drink. Any PR agency that says otherwise really are cowboys. The decision about whether to purchase your product(s), hire your services or visit your website will be determined by consumer/target audience behaviour and by numerous other factors – such as usefulness, originality, price points, USPs, branding, demand, competition and so on – outside of our control and remit. Or, to put it another way, no amount of persuasive publicity can influence a purchase if what’s on offer is flawed or in any way fails to live up to its price tag. That’s why we strongly recommend that clients undertake as much market research as possible before appointing us in order to gauge reliable (and genuine) consumer interest in their product or service and to ensure that any publicity is likely to have a positive effect on sales.
Our ‘Tears on my Pilau’ curry-scented perfume, for example, did remarkably well in the media and obtained worldwide print, digital, TV and radio coverage. But perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s fair to say that sales stank. Luckily it was all a bit of fun for a well-known brand.