If you are the owner of a small to medium sized enterprise, your most important responsibility is bringing in business. However, in the current marketplace where competition is so fierce, when do you have time to evaluate how your company is viewed in the marketplace?

For most small and medium sized businesses, the leaders of these companies consider themselves fortunate if they can find eight hours every week to devote to the many public relations needs of their businesses. Unfortunately, if a company is not dedicating time to being visible in the media and on the Internet, then it's in grave danger of falling behind its competitors. That is where a public relations firm comes into the picture.

All businesses, in addition to sending out weekly or monthly press releases, should have a blog and a presence on appropriate social media platforms. If your business is not sending out a weekly or monthly press release to either the media outlets or some industry commentators then you need to start looking for a public relations firm for your company.

It is imperative that you broadcast the successes of your company and the positive moves that your company is making. The creation of a press release cannot be done in mere minutes and because you only have one opportunity to make a first impression it would serve the interest of most companies to contract this work out to a public relations firm so you can be confident that those who see it will focus on the content and there will be no mistakes.

As a small or medium sized business you should be blogging at least once every week on your thoughts about the industry in which you operate or about the products or services your company provides and the different experiences you encounter. The creation of a blog maintains a connection to your clients and prospective clients and you will need to update and constantly change the appearance of your blog. A good public relations firm will create your blog, write the content of your blog and submit it to you for editing, so all you have to do provide a good briefing about content, read it and then send it back to the public relations firm to upload it.

The hiring of a public relations firm will save you a minimum a great deal of taime while also helping you stay relevant and make inroads on your competition. If you were to commit the time to doing the majority of the work on your blog, you would be losing valuable time that you could be devoting to bringing in more clients to your business.

In this era of doing business, all companies should have a presence on social media in the form of a company web page on Facebook and LinkedIn and be able to provide updates to current and prospective clients and followers on Twitter. If relevant, your company should have a presence on YouTube as it provides one of the best ways to enhance the credibility of yourself and your company.

To ensure all of these public relations' channels are engaged on behalf of your company, it takes a significant amount of time out of a person's day, especially for the owner of a company. If you have a public relations firm working on your behalf, you can address all of your company's public relations needs within your limited time availability and still keep the focus on bringing in business.

A small or medium sized business that is trying to compete in this new economy without the assistance of a public relations firm will find itself being left behind and overrun by its competition. There are too many public relations needs that must be completed on a regular basis for a small or medium sized company to perform by itself and still serve its current clients while searching for new clients.