A daily routine of following breaking news and popular stories is the first and most essential step in my formula for how you can get interviewed by the media. If you are Internet savvy and prefer to get your news digitally, tracking news trends will be a breeze. There are many online news outlets, such as Yahoo, MSN, CNN and AOL, that prominently feature on their sites the most searched and significant news events each day. There are also other online services, such as Google Alerts, Digg, and others, that allow users to stay on top of the hot topics. If your preference – like me – is to watch the news on TV and/or read daily newspapers, those are also effective methods for keeping up with the news cycles. Whether you prefer traditional or digital news, the key thing is to establish a news-tracking routine and stick to it. It will orient you as to which news topics are getting the most attention, and will be a strong predictor of which stories are most likely to have a longer cycle on TV news outlets. [...]
Whether you are promoting your business, product, or a new book, if you want to reach the greatest number of potential customers, in your target markets, your aim should be to get on the air. […]
If the key to your event is getting press to come, then you need to be able to get their interest and participation. That’s why I’ve jotted down the following tips to help you get the word out to the press in a way that will give you a high percentage shot at having them attend. […]
It is totally valid to aim for appearances on the top TV and radio talk shows – that’s the brass ring we all hope for. But the best and most effective way to get the attention of top show hosts and producers is to already be in the media, on the news, building buzz. And to accomplish that, you should embrace every marketing and PR opportunity in order to heighten national attention and raise consumer awareness of your company and products. […]
I constantly advise my clients that the print media is a wide open playing field, and that the secret to getting great press is to develop a news angle (NOT a sales angle) and get out there. My team helps me do that the same way they do it for our clients, and the results of those efforts are clear. […]
When you’re thinking of doing TV interviews, here are some basic, and not so basic do’s and don’ts to help you through the rough patches. […]
Is it time for you to look at how the increased media coverage of a good PR campaign could give your product or service a competitive edge? Next time you sit down to watch your favorite TV news or talk show, think about how the guests and expert commentators on the show appeared. If you watched the same “expert” pitching his product in a TV spot, would you have been as convinced of its value? […]
What you may not realize is that TV and radio talk shows are always looking to interview quality experts who will help them entertain and inform their audiences. Regardless of the product you’d like to promote, with the correct PR strategy you can land these priceless interviews, and when you do, it’s pure marketing gold!
Why are these interviews so valuable? You see, when you or your spokesperson is on the air, you’re on as part of a regular show with a host the audience has come to trust. By interviewing you, the host is giving an implicit endorsement so the listeners believe you – they’re hearing about you from their trusted friend. And they tell their own audience in turn. […]
Appearing as a guest on television is an important part of your marketing strategy for becoming a well-known expert in your field.
To have a successful TV interview, where you’re able to focus on your message and be completely undistracted, it helps to understand the actions being performed by the crew when they’re setting up for your interview, and their terminology which may be completely foreign to you! […]
Okay, first point:
1/ Is your product better suited for a TV commercial or a radio spot? Does it need to be seen to be understood? Consumable products are usually in pill, powder, cream or liquid form—things that don’t need to be demonstrated to be sold. That being the case, consider using radio, a convincing and affordable way to go. Next… […]
It is no surprise to hear that media interviews are among the most effective yet least known marketing methods you could ever use to promote your company, products and services.
But as good as these interviews are, they can be made even more effective.
As with most things, there are insider techniques that can help radio and TV interview “first-timers” do a powerful job. […]
Television producers are looking for quality guests who will entertain and educate their audience. And, if your company’s offerings solve a common problem that the masses face then TV could be a great promotional medium for you. One of our clients told us:
“The cost benefit analysis of TV publicity is a no brainer. Not only do you get the benefit of this quality exposure, but the amount of credibility you build is priceless!”
The reason for this is simple. With TV, every person watching your interview will have a front row seat to your message. It’s a visual medium so they can see exactly what your products look like. You can demonstrate their purpose and value to the viewer. At the same time, you’re building trust and the almighty “likeability factor” by expertly answering the anchor’s questions. If you do a great job in all these areas, the audience will connect with you personally and buy into the value of your products. The positioning just doesn’t get any better. […]
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, when you appear on television and are at the top of your game as a guest, it can completely change the dynamics of your business as well as your life! I’ve seen it happen many times with clients who know and love this medium! […]
It has been more than 70 years since television was first commercially available, and in that time we have seen the emergence of radio, wireless communications, the Internet, twitter, and social networking. However, one thing has remained constant in that time. Practically since the first broadcast over commercial airwaves, television has been the most powerful medium of them all – and that fact still remains true today. […]
In my 20 years in the public relations business, if I had a nickel for every time a client asked me to get them on Oprah it is safe to say that I would be a very wealthy woman at this point in my career Oprah is indeed the gold standard, and her show carries weight not only because of Oprah’s massive viewership, but also because they’re loyal. She brings with her tens of millions of loyal viewers who trust her so implicitly, that they buy practically any book she recommends, any product she endorses and follow her advice on just about every topic from politics and parenting to bowling and basket-weaving. And when most PR Agencies are faced with that request, they smile and nod and tell their clients they’ll do their best, but we all know what it really takes to get on Oprah. […]
TV viewers not only hear you: they see you, they see your product, they see a graph or powerpoint that defines your service. So, if you look good, communicate effectively, and present your message in a way that resonates with the viewers, well…the connection is made! One of our clients told us…
“I found that you get almost instant results with TV. When you appear on a television show, people believe what you have to say and as a result you get to reach tons of people in a ‘real’ way. And the results are tremendous. From one TV appearance alone I got close to 1,000 subscribers to my newsletter.”
Sounds good, right? But, unfortunately, TV isn’t a match for everyone. To know if you qualify as a guest, the question to consider is, “does your message have mass appeal?”
You see, television producers are looking for guests that will keep their audiences tuned in! The more viewers they have, the higher the show’s ratings, the more ad dollars the stations can charge. So, finding qualified guests with a message that will connect with their viewers is an important goal. If you have a valuable segment for TV that meets this criterion, then it’s a win-win for you and the show. […]
Television producers are looking for guests who will entertain and educate their audience. So if your products solve a common problem that faces the masses then TV could be a great promotional medium for you. The challenge is knowing how to pitch your segment idea to television producers in a way that they can see the direct benefit to their viewers. […]
Welcome to the next installment of my series: 50 Tips on How to Be a Top TV Guest. Here’s another 10 tips to help you capitalize on the valuable air-time when you appear as a television guest. […]