PR Budgets

Often, potential clients call us and ask how much a Public Relations campaign costs? I sometimes answer by asking them if they were to call a car dealer and ask, “How much is a car,” if they’d get an answer; if they called an airline and asked, “How much is a flight?”… well, you get the idea.

PR isn’t one size, shape or colour; there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution or cost. Different sectors, different consumers and different markets all require different tactics. There are firms like CeresPR which specialise in food PR, and others which specialise in cars or travelling. Different specialties create unique services, meaning no campaign would be the same. When done right, a PR campaign is a symphony orchestra in which there are drummers, flutists, violinists, and so on; in other words, it’s a dynamic approach based on a client’s needs, goals, and how they fit into their industry. They can use both social and PPC, and other methods to spread the message in mind. A PR campaign can be a part of the orchestra but it’s not the entire ensemble. There are other important parts, like price, product functionality, design, etc.

Every part of the orchestra matters, and without a proper Public Relations & marketing plan, there is no symphony. All parts of the business, or orchestra, matter and should support one another – and what you want to accomplish shall determine the budget.

Ronn Torossian


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Ronn Torossian is the founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 20 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth, overseeing more than 175 professionals in the company's headquarters in midtown Manhattan. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named "PR Agency of the Year" by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world's most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, was named to PR Week's "40 under Forty" list, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations" is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.