Overview

Advanced Communication Strategy is a one-day training course for senior communicators. It teaches step-by-step techniques to develop sophisticated strategies for large organisations and complex situations. Topics include how to use data and evidence to properly target a communication strategy and how to define communication objectives that support business goals. You will also learn to present and justify recommendations to senior management in order empower the communication function and secure buy-in for ambitious PR strategies.

This course covers the following modules:

  • Frameworks and blueprints for communication strategy
  • Evidence-based communication strategy
  • Defining strategic goals and objectives
  • Justifying strategy: securing management support

Who should attend

This is an advanced-level course designed for learners in senior roles, aspiring to mastery and innovation. Learning is pitched at a level to help you to synthesise best practice and direct strategic implementation.

This course is recommended for PR managers and directors who need to develop or manage complex and multifaceted PR strategies; and agency professionals responsible for creating comprehensive and detailed PR strategies for clients.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Design and develop a sophisticated communication strategy
  • Design and conduct objective research for a communication strategy
  • Use data and evidence to properly target a communication strategy
  • Integrate communication strategy with organisational goals
  • Present and justify a communication strategy persuasively to top management

Course outline

Frameworks and blueprints for communication strategy

This module covers how to design and develop a PR strategy using systematic processes.

  • Communication strategy best practice and success factors
  • Making strategy clear, simple and practical
  • Step-by-step processes for creating a communication strategy
  • Practical workshop

Evidence-based communication strategy

This module covers how to use objective research techniques to create a properly targeted  communication strategy.

  • Qualitative communication research: interviews, focus groups, observation
  • Analysing and assimilating stakeholder research
  • Quantitative communication research: content analysis, surveys, polling
  • Setting evidence-based communication goals and key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Case study examples

Defining strategic goals and objectives

This module covers specialised techniques for developing complex PR strategies.

  • Integrating communication strategy with organisational strategy
  • Aligning communication goals with business goals
  • Evaluating which issues communication should target
  • Defining values, personality and voice for strategic communication

Securing management support for communication strategies

This module covers how to get buy-in from the top for ambitious PR strategies.

  • Working with management to empower the communications function
  • Communication and the Board: managing a charged relationship
  • Presenting communication in the language of management
  • Working with other departments and securing their support

Looking for more?

Advanced Communication Strategy is a standalone course — but you can also take it as part of one of the following longer Programmes:

This course follows on from the intermediate-level Communication Strategy Design and Development.