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Thought Leadership

Thought leadership is an increasingly important element for organizations looking to stay ahead of the competition and establish their brand name as a leader in their industry. It is a core strategy for helping companies and business leaders differentiate themselves from competitors, by building trust and credibility with their audience, all while driving customer loyalty.

Custom Thought Leadership Strategies


At Cleary Strategies, we help clients develop effective thought leadership strategies that drive innovation and stand out in the marketplace. We work with clients to create content that will engage, inform, and inspire their target audience with compelling stories, meaningful insights, and thought-provoking ideas. Our team of experienced public relations professionals can develop customized strategies to help promote your company’s thought leadership efforts, while providing you with the resources needed to identify key audiences and messages.

Where Do Thought Leadership & PR Meet?


Thought leadership and public relations go hand-in-hand, as they can help organizations build their brand identity and increase visibility. By leveraging the power of public relations, publicity and media opportunities, we amplify the voices of our clients, allowing them to become leading voices in their respective industries.


We take a holistic approach to thought leadership and public relations. We start with the end in mind, determining our clients’ goals, understanding their target audience, and defining what type of content will resonate. Then, through strategic PR campaigns, we work with clients to spread their thought leadership message across different channels. Whether we're targeting traditional media outlets, digital platforms, or social media channels, we’ll ensure that your message is heard by the right people.

Determining Thought Leadership Goals

When determining long-term thought leadership goals, it's important to look at factors such as your company mission, brand message, and overall business target. We help our clients assess their current presence, identify areas for improvement, study competitor strengths and weaknesses, and develop a plan to effectively reach the right audience as a thought leader and expert.

What Does a Thought Leader Do?

Ultimately, an industry thought leader should be able to do three essential things: educate, inform, and inspire.

Educate your audience

A thought leader should be able to provide a useful answer or explanation to a difficult problem, or equip their audience with the knowledge to make informed decisions.

Inform your audience

This is ultimately the biggest piece of the puzzle. Is there breaking news or a new trend happening in your industry? Is there a way to provide insight into how your business does things differently?


A thought leader should be able to use their experience and industry knowledge to shed light on topics that are important to their target audience. Thought leaders should also be able to provide up-to-date information on industry trends and current events in order to keep their audiences informed.


By doing this, you will be able to distinguish yourself from top competitors and build trust with your audience, customer base, and stakeholders.

Inspire your audience

A thought leader should be able to motivate their audience by providing guidance and offering solutions to difficult problems. We help clients get media placements that will position them as a leader in their field.

Tying it All Together

You are likely wondering: "How can I showcase my ability to educate, inform, and inspire people, while elevating my company as an industry leader and my personal brand as an expert?" Fortunately, we can help.


Here are our top three tips for establishing yourself as a thought leader in your current industry and field:

  1. Keep up-to-date with industry trends. Stay informed by reading news and industry publications so that you have insight into current events and breaking news related to your field. Then, create new content that appeals to your target audience showing your understanding, analysis, takeaways, and insight related to these industry events. You can place this content on social media, your company website, or use it in conjunction with your public relations agency for pitches to media outlets. Utilizing marketing and public relations strategies to increase your visibility will ultimately help you reach a larger audience and solidify yourself as a thought leader. 

  2. Boost your industry presence. Attend in-person networking opportunities, such as conferences and events, and use digital platforms to build an online presence.

  3. Study and learn from the competition. Listen to different perspectives and engage with other thought leaders in your industry to gain valuable insights. This will also help you see how others are using industry headlines to create personal relevance. Understanding the competition is not meant to be intimidating or overwhelming - instead, it will help you thrive and succeed as a thought leader and expert in your own right.

Get in Touch

At Cleary Strategies, we understand that the success of your thought leadership strategy depends on the right approach and execution. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive public relations services that can help you become an industry leader. Together, we can create a winning strategy for long-term success.

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Thought Leadership FAQ


What is thought leadership?

Thought leadership is a long-term strategy that uses knowledge, research, and insights to gain recognition as an industry expert. Through public relations, thought leaders can share their expertise and build their brand identity in order to become influential voices in their respective industries, and to the public at large. 

How does PR help with thought leadership?

Public relations is an essential part of any thought leadership strategy as it helps companies reach their key audiences and spread their message. Through strategic PR campaigns, we help clients get top tier media placements in the best outlets for their niche market and audience that will position them as a leader in both their current field and the greater public.

What are the benefits of thought leadership?

The primary benefit of thought leadership is increased exposure and the ability to build relationships with potential customers, as well as elevating your status and reputation with your current clients. By becoming an authority on a particular topic or industry, you can reach more people, develop credibility, increase loyalty, and build new business relationships. Thought leadership also helps companies establish their position as industry leaders, allowing them to differentiate themselves from their competitors and build trust with their target audience.

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