Kate Morgan is the Founder and Principal of the Award Winning Morgan Publicity (Teen Vogue, Women’s Health, Ask Men, plus many more top tier Industry related accolades!). Morgan Publicity has become lovingly dubbed by industry peers as the #PRFirmWithSoul and generates many top tier media wins for the brands that sit under Kate’s remit. Kate is frequently being interviewed on ‘Best PR Practices’, press highlights include profile pieces on SWAAY, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Byrdie, Beauty Independent and more. Some of Kate’s major and significant career achievements attest to her ‘new wave’ PR skills; a cognoscenti and impactful approach to media relations, which have at times garnered major shifts in how the industry itself operates. An example includes working with Members of UK Parliament to bring about a change in law regarding how Press handle airbrushing and media distortion to prevent mental health and body dysmorphia issues through a Beauty PR Campaign: ‘Be a Force of Beauty’. Morgan Publicity represent companies and experts in the beauty, health and wellness space — from start ups through to legacy brands.
Thank you for joining us Kate! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I was living in London at the time, and was approached by a PR agency that were in need of an expert communicator to garner major press wins for their portfolio of industry leading beauty brands. I started my career the other side of the fence: journalism. I knew from that experience how NOT to pitch an editor, which gave me an edge compared to other PR professionals. Through seeing the inner workings of how a magazine and website operates, I knew I had a unique ability to be a leading PR Professional — and that’s how it started!
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began at your company?
I have never had to proactively seek out business; it comes to Morgan Publicity due to our reputation and proven ability to generate results that rank within the top echelons of the beauty/health and wellness sectors. Why is this interesting? It isn’t industry norm! Morgan do PR differently; we constantly strive to get the major press hits, to bring in industry awards — to make Morgan brands leaders in their category. This is what keeps it all interesting! The commitment to excellence.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Mistakes aren’t mistakes at all really: they’re learnings. In order to grow and develop, it is essential that we are always educating ourselves on how to do — or be, better. One major ‘learning’ when I first got going as Morgan Publicity was using my then-boyfriends’ laptop to work from. When we broke up suddenly — and your LIFE is on that computer — eek! But the ‘learning’ for those that are starting out… have your own set up from the get-go!
What are your top 10 business lessons that anyone starting out in PR should know and why? Do you have an example for each that you can share?
Based on your personal experience, what advice would you give to young people considering a career in PR?
It is a very competitive industry. Get as much work experience as possible. INTERN!
You are known as a master networker. Can you share some tips on great networking?
up! Did you enjoy meeting someone? Exchange details, and arrange to
meet again for a tea or lunch — get another meeting on the books, and
massage the relationship. Businesses are people, and people defer to
their inner circle before branching out. Get in the inner circle!
Is there a particular book that you read, or podcast you listened to that really helped you in your career? Can you explain?
I loved Dr. Erin Haskell’s ‘Awakening’ — the chapters are exercises that help to better you on an overarching level. If you’re a happy and content person, that energy will transcend to your professional career too. Speaking of being happy: Rob Mack’s ‘Happiness from the Inside Out’ is a terrific read, and he is a terrific human to boot. My sister’s book ‘Anxiety for Beginners’ by Eleanor Morgan sits on the Top 10 Best Selling Lists often, because who isn’t anxious at one point or another? This is a great book to reference whenever you feel a little nervous/anxious. In short: developing yourself on a personal level will always benefit your career goals.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
launched Peace Out Skincare into major beauty retailer Sephora, and
every single new launch product has sold out within a few short weeks;
this has been documented by the media via pitching them! The brand are
currently the Number 1 selling Dark Spot treatment at Sephora, and are
Number 2 overall in the skincare category. For a brand that is new to
market, this is a major achievement! I get excited every day as a PR;
knowing that my work makes a major impact on a brand’s industry
ranking — it is very rewarding!
Because of the role you play, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
a seasoned PR Pro, it is important to pass the baton and help those
that are just getting started. I want to inspire other PR professionals
to do the same. As Michelle Obama states beautifully: “When you’ve
worked hard, and done well, and walked through the doorway of
opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and give
other folks the same chances that helped you succeed”. I have interns
that shadow my work, and I educate on the PR Process, ensuring they are
equipped for job interview experiences, and have the tools to flourish
in the PR industry.
This was really meaningful! Thank you so much for your time.