Columbia, MO (PressExposure) September 09, 2009 -- At just 22 years of age, Wes Upchurch is living proof that age doesn't mean a thing, at least when it comes to running a successful online pr firm. He says that with fewer traditional opportunities for today's youth, the window of opportunity for a young entrepreneur is opened wider than ever.
While still in school, Wes Upchurch began designing websites for local businesses, slowly attracting a few clients. As he began to get more into Internet marketing, this client base began to grow. He attracted colleges, musicians, and media outlets looking to improve their online exposure. With more practice Upchurch realized that in the world on Internet marketing Online PR is too often disregarded. He spent several years developing methods and techniques for improving a websites reach to it's consumers and ways to increase online branding strategies. His most recent online endeavor, PressDr.com, is quickly becoming a source of information for the online PR professionals.
His company may have opened its doors just a few short months ago, but it's already attracted the attention of international corporations and local organizations alike. The advantage his press release distribution company has, he says, is that it doesn't just publish news online. It focuses on individual relationships with media professionals, such as journalists and editors, to build a powerful relationship. This approach takes longer, Upchurch admits, but the amount of exposure he's clients receive is much greater.
He's already received an Interactive Media Award, mentions in trade publications, and a growing number of followers to his public relations blog. Wes Upchurch is thrilled to become a source of information regarding online publicity. The secret to surviving the economy he says is, "to build a relationship with your customer, not with their pocket book." When asked how his young age has been a factor in his business, he responded, "It's given me the chance to take risks that a more established businessman wouldn't," he says, "I know that if I fail, I still time to get up and try again."
Upchurch's advice to aspiring public relations professionals: "Do what your heart tells you. Take risks and be bold. Don't be afraid take risks and endure failures. If you do fail, try again, applying what you've learned from the experience. And if you succeed, more power to you!"