The BIG debate on Britain’s Future in Europe
The British referendum on membership of the European Union, due to take place 23rd June 2016, will be an event of great significance for Britain and the rest of Europe, as well as for the wider world.
A host of British and German organisations: German British Forum, German Embassy, the German British Chamber of Industry & Commerce (GBCIC), British Chamber of Commerce in Germany and Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) decided to team up on the 3rd of March to debate the key issues during a one-day conference, Britain’s Future in Europe. They turned to Technical Publicity as a trusted partner to handle the public relations around the event.
Speakers included leading figures from business, politics and economics, including Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s Minister of Finance; Jurgen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK; John Kornblum, former US Ambassador to Germany; Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of Business for Britain; Gerard Lyons, Economic Adviser to the Mayor of London; and Ian Robertson, member of the managing board, BMW. The event was sponsored by Bosch, DZ Bank, Helaba, Nabarro and Siemens with support from OMFIF, the GBCIC and manufacturers’ organisation EEF.
The overall objective for the agency was to build engagement around the event and secure the attendance of national, business and industry media from the UK and Germany.
Technical Publicity took full charge of establishing media relations by putting in place an integrated PR campaign comprised of the following activities:
- Drafted all press material - launch release, follow up news, opinion pieces and special editorial requests
- Identified target media/journalists in UK and Germany and coordinated invitations for: Business/industry (nationals / broadcast), European/political news (nationals / broadcast) and Top-tier industry / manufacturing / engineering press
Event ‘media office’
- Hosted/facilitated journalists
- Compiled press packs
- Facilitated one-to-one interviews on the day in the press office
- Coordinated all follow-up requests from the media post event
- Throughout the process, ensured all relevant communities were reached and engaged in the messaging
- Liaison with all organisations involved in the event
- Created a social media campaign around the event in order to build engagement with influencers, visitors and the media by using line-up news, posting Brexit updates/news, reminders, interacting with users etc.
- Coordinated all the live tweets/updates from event on the day, including photos and video content.
The public relations campaign Technical Publicity put in place was extremely successful with a total of 20 journalists representing the top UK and German national, broadcast, political and engineering press attending the conference. Among them representatives from Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg, Die Welt, FAZ, Handelsblatt, Wirtschaftswoche as well as Germany’s ARD and ZDF news broadcasters attended.
Managing the main Twitter feed for the event organisers, Technical Publicity recorded 13,600 impressions during the week of the conference, compared with 791 impressions in the entire two months before the event. During the week there were 60 retweets, 19 likes and 13 click-throughs. Overall follower numbers for the German British Forum increased by 8.5%.