Hey PR Folks: Keep Your Eye On The Ball

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

A Top Editor Explains What To Do Right When Pitching The Media One great thing about the internet is that, if you missed something the first time around, it’s often still out there, just waiting for you to stumble across it. That happened for me just recently with an article about public relations that Jim […]

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Getting Media Coverage Is Just The Start; Now Put It To Work For You

I once had a client who enjoyed what could only be described as an extraordinary publicity campaign with our firm. We landed him interviews with such top-tier publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Bloomberg. You would think he would have been ecstatic! But in fact, he was underwhelmed. “I don’t […]

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4 Factors That Will Determine Your PR Failure Or Success

When we scored an interview with Fox News for one of our clients last week that went global, I was both thrilled for the client, and also reminded once again of what it takes to achieve success in the publicity world. Many elements go into every campaign, but I think the following two factors are […]

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2019 Offers A Fresh Start To Re-Ignite Your Personal Brand

It’s that exciting time of year when we look with eager anticipation to the future, plotting out how we can make the coming 365 days even better than the previous ones. Maybe you want to expand your business. Perhaps you hope to add a few percentage points to your sales goals. As you set all […]

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 The Anatomy Of A Media Pitch – From Idea To Publication

If you’ve ever wondered how a successful publicity effort goes from idea to media pitch to publication, let me give you a little glimpse of the process behind the scenes. Just recently one of our print campaign managers, Ashley Pontius, announced that she had something big to reveal about one of our long-term clients.  It […]

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I Wish I Had Done This Sooner

As our team sat down for a brainstorming session this week, talk gravitated toward exciting news for one of our clients. We had arranged an interview for him in a national newspaper and he was elated. It was just the latest in a string of successes for him. “I wish I had done this sooner!” […]

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How To Respond When The Social Media World Gets Unpleasant

Most of you are fully aware by now that social media plays a significant role in building your authority as a thought leader and expert in your field. One of social media’s great advantages over traditional media is that you get to control your message to an extent you can’t when you’re being interviewed by […]

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How Small Publications Can Play A Big Role In Your Publicity Efforts

I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb (well, at least not too far out) when I say that nearly everyone recognizes the giants of journalism. Such venerated (and at times vilified) publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and USA Today are hard to ignore, even if […]

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In Search Of PR Success? Think About The Media’s Needs, Not Yours

When you have a great company or book that you want to promote, it’s easy to get so caught up in how things look from from your perspective that you start to think: “The media will want to talk to me the moment they hear about this!” I’m sorry to report, that won’t necessarily be […]

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The Time And Toil That Lie Behind ‘Instant’ Media Success

Have you ever heard actors or singers who became “overnight sensations” explain that their success didn’t happen overnight after all? Instead, it was the result of lots of toil, along with years in which they languished in obscurity before – after much persistence – they rose to prominence and finally achieved “instant” fame. […]

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Don’t Ignore The New Names In The Media Landscape

I’ve shared in the past how excited our team gets whenever we score a big media hit for one of our clients. What’s interesting these days is the changing nature of some of those hits. Certainly, the New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other traditional print media have always been a […]

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Writing Op-Eds Vs. Being A Journalist’s Source

When it comes to the print media, there’s more than one way to get your message out and to position yourself as an authority. Some of our clients want to be the go-to expert for journalists who are in need of well-credentialed sources for their articles. Others long to write opinion articles – or op-ed […]

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How Patience Pays Off When Trying To Grab The Media’s Attention

Sometimes media opportunities emerge quickly after you pitch journalists with a great story idea. Often, though – especially with the print media – those opportunities take time and the fruits of your labor may not reveal themselves until days, weeks or even months after you send out your pitch. We experienced a remarkable example of […]

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What Makes You An Ideal Candidate For Publicity?

Here’s a question you might have asked yourself as you decide whether to take the plunge and embark on a PR campaign: How do I know if I qualify for the media spotlight? If you aren’t someone the media is already beating down the doors to interview, you can get them to look your way […]

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What The Oscars Can Teach Us About Rebounding From A Mistake

A year ago the people in charge of the Academy Awards flubbed it – badly. As nearly everyone knows, the cringe-worthy moment came when someone handed presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope, causing them to announce La La Land as the Best Picture winner, when the Oscar actually belonged to Moonlight. Oh, […]

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How The Domino Effect Can Increase Your Media Exposure

When you’re trying to attract media attention to promote your brand, you may encounter what can be thought of as a media “domino effect.” What I mean by that is one media opportunity leads directly to another media opportunity, much the way the toppling of one domino can cause another domino to fall. Recently we […]

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Writing Your Own Articles? Be Aware Of The Shifting Media Landscape

My team writes plenty of articles for clients every week, but for years I also have encouraged clients to write their own bylined pieces for print publications – both traditional and online – as one more way to get their name and message out to the masses. It’s a great addition to any publicity campaign. […]

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2018 Is Your Time To Shine

The start of a New Year is always a great time to focus on creating a “new you” – or at least an improved version of the old you. Sometimes we do that through resolutions about dieting and exercise that, sadly, we don’t always keep. Sometimes we enter January vowing that in the next 12 […]

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