Public Relations – How to Attract Celebrities to a PR Event

A PR event can be great for generating free media coverage for your client. One thing which can make it even more successful, however, is the presence of a celebrity or two.

By their very nature, celebrities seem to be followed by the limelight, and anything which they are seen to endorse or choose to be a part of automatically becomes more successful by association. This is why advertisers use celebrities to endorse products in print media advertisements and television commercials.

There are three main ways of attracting celebrities to your event, and which one you choose to take will depend primarily on the nature of the event itself ..

1. Rent a Celebrity

Many celebrities are happy to show up at an event in return for a fee. Whilst few clients can afford the fees demanded by 'A List' celebrities (movie stars, gold-medal athletes, and so on), there are many more 'B List' celebs (soap stars, daytime TV presenters, etc.) who charge more affordable fees for an appearance.

While these individuals will not necessarily have journalists from the gossip magazines following their every move, they almost always make it easy to get local television and newspaper coverage, which would normally cost much more than their fee.

2. Invite a Celebrity Customer

If your client has worked with or for a celebrity in the past then this prior association might encourage the celebrity to volunteer his or her presence at the event. For example, if a celebrity uses your client's product with great enthusiasm, he or she might be more than happy to attend the event for free, or sometimes in return for a year's supply of free product. The more enthusiastic the celebrity is about your client or his product, the more chance you have of having him attend.

3. Liaise with the Charity

If the event in question is being held primarily for charitable purposes, you might find it most useful to speak with the PR department of the charity concerned and find out if they already have some celebrity supporters who may be willing to attend. If they do (and most recognized charities have at least a few) then the charity's own PR department should do the rest and ensure that someone comes to support the event you are organizing.

Although attracting celebrities often increases the effectiveness of a PR event, this does not mean that an event that does not have such high-profile support will be a failure. Certainly not. If any PR event is well organized and promoted properly, it will almost always prove to be a success as far as generating publicity for your client is concerned. Celebrity presence must there before be viewed as the 'icing on the cake' rather than essential for success.

The rise in popularity of subliminal messages seems to come from out of nowhere! All of a sudden people are talking about subliminals, using CDs and mp3s, and there are more companies out there selling subliminal mp3s and CDs than ever before.

This has been down to celebrity endorsements such as Tony Robbins using them, Stephen Spielberg too. and even Tiger Woods. These are people who are highly successful in their fields who have done everything they can to reach the top, and have all at some point "confused" to using subliminal messages to help them succeed.

If you are new to subliminal messaging it is a pretty simple concept. Subliminal messages are basically just positive affirmations, only the benefit is that instead of saying them yourself someone else has recorded them for you ... with the added benefit that you can play the album in the background and it will not distract you - because you will not even hear any audible voice. This means you can take it anywhere with you. Play the CD or MP3s anywhere, anytime and no one will even know what you are listening to. On the surface all it sounds like is ocean / nature sounds.

Subliminals may not be for everyone. Some people prefer a more active form of therapy, a conversational one, or even audible hypnosis. However it is available to everyone. There are hundreds of subliminal audio albums out there on pretty much every topic you can think of. So wherever you want to improve your harmonica playing, or improve your confidence there is a subliminal CD out there with your name on it.

If it's good enough for Stephen Spielberg and Tiger Woods then why not give it a try too?