5 Top Tips on Digital PR for Food Brands
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5 Top Tips on Digital PR for Food Brands

It’s time to cook up a storm for your food clients with NORTH’s guide to food digital PR.

Working with huge food brands such as HelloFresh and Green Chef, we’ve learned a thing or two about link building to food ecommerce sites. So, we’re sharing all of our juicy tips to improve the digital PR strategy for your food brand.

1) Keep an eye on National Food Days

National Food Days are the creme de la creme for digi PRs. Not only do they help spark your creative flow for campaign ideation, but the popularity of them means you’re guaranteed to gain links fast!

There’s a national day to celebrate almost every type of cuisine, dessert and ingredient, so no matter what type of food brand your client is, you’ll be able to utilise National Food Days to your advantage and create a campaign that every journo will be drooling over. To find food days, we like to check the Awareness Calendar to see what’s relevant to the brands we work with. 

But what do you need to consider when using awareness days for food digital pr?

As obvious as it may sound, you need to remember that national days aren’t consistent from country to country. What is celebrated in the UK, won’t be celebrated in the US, so it’s best to make sure your campaign idea relates to the right food day in the right country, otherwise you might end up with a little bit of egg on your face. 

2) Take the time to research relevant publications

We all know that the recipe for success in any campaign is making sure the prospecting list is Michelin star level! You can spend as much time as you want in perfecting the research, content and email pitch, but if your outreach list isn’t relevant, it’ll be difficult to gain any coverage. 

It’s especially important to take your time on this part of the campaign when you’re prospecting for unfamiliar countries, too. If we asked you to name ten UK food publications right now, you probably could without hesitation, but if we asked you to do the same for Australia, you’d probably start to struggle.

One great tip to help you find relevant publications around the world is to tweak your google search. Below is an example of how to find Australian publications that have written about veganism:

Type into your search bar: intitle:vegan inurl:.au

And voila, the search results will display exactly what you need:

intitle:vegan inurl:.au example

This will help you to find relevant journalists quickly, as well as discovering niche food publications that you would maybe not know about unless you were a resident of that area.


3) Consider time differences

Similar to the importance of prospecting, the time you decide to outreach your pitch is crucial to ensure maximum coverage.

When working with food brands across the globe, it’s key to bear in mind the time differences for each country to ensure you’re targeting the journalists in the morning, not at 3am!


4) Think about local food lingo

In the UK alone, there are nearly 40 different accents, all of which have their own unique pronunciations, slang and words, and when it comes to food and drink lingo, you could write a whole separate dictionary just for our tiny island!

Whether you call it a brew, a cuppa or a Rosie Lee, you need to make sure when you’re writing for your client, you’re using the right terminology for your target area. And it’s not just the UK to consider. All over the world, countries have their own dialect when it comes to food, so make sure to do your research beforehand to avoid the chips and fries confusion!


5) Work with food bloggers 

With over 600 million blogs worldwide, it’s as easy as pie to reach your desired audience anywhere in the world. 

Food blogging has become more and more popular, with new foodie sites popping up as fast as popping popcorn, and it’s time to use this to advance your food digital PR.

By working with food bloggers, it means you’re able to target the exact audience your client is looking for no matter where in the world that may be. It’s a great way to gain links, increase brand awareness and attract potential customers… Seriously, it’s a triple win!


We hope this guide has given you a little bit more insight into the world of digital PR on a global scale, and if you’re eager to learn more, then check out some of our other articles over on our blog!