4 Tips For Creating Successful Media Pitches

Anyone who’s tried their hand at promoting a brand through PR can tell you that grabbing the media’s attention isn’t always easy. Each day, newspaper journalists, as well as hosts and producers of TV and radio talk shows, scroll through a never-ending barrage of email messages, many of which they no doubt delete without reading. […]

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How We Ended Up In The New York Times – And You Can, Too

When our team returned to work this week after taking a brief break for Thanksgiving, we learned we had something to celebrate. No post-holiday blahs for us! Instead, it was high fives all around! The exciting news that greeted us was that Jay York, our senior social media and marketing strategist, had been quoted extensively […]

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How To Give Journalists What They Need – And Avoid Irritating Them

A big part of the publicity game is attracting the attention of the media and persuading them to interview you. But what happens when you’ve been successful in getting the media to look your way, only to find yourself wide-eyed, nervous and murmuring, “What now?” Governors, mayors and assorted movie stars and athletes are accustomed […]

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You’ve Got Publicity, Now Where Are The Sales?

After all these years of writing and speaking about the ROI of publicity, I still sometimes hear from people who say they had a great publicity campaign but “it didn’t work.” They were disappointed that they didn’t get the increased sales of their products, books or services they hoped for. If they really had a […]

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The Challenges of Working with Family

A couple of weeks ago, I agreed to be a guest on a radio talk show that I thought would focus on marketing tips. But – as I always warn people preparing for their first talk radio interviews – the host can sometimes take the conversation in a completely different direction. In this case, the […]

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The Most Rewarding Marketing Mistake I Ever Made

Recently, a colleague asked me, “What was the most rewarding mistake you ever made in business?” It’s a great question, and I quickly had an answer for him because it was an incredibly painful mistake. However, it proved to be an invaluable lesson that has served me well in the years since. I’m sharing so […]

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Tips For Hiring The Best PR Firm For You

I often talk to people who know they need publicity and want professional help to get it, but find hiring marketing companies to be a confusing and daunting task. That’s understandable. Public relations and marketing companies differ in a thousand ways, it seems. For one, they use different business models – some charge monthly retainer […]

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A Day in the Life of a PR Pro

Finally, when you get on TV, don’t sell. Educate. People fast-forward through commercials because they hate being sold all the time. If you try to sell in your segment, they’ll fast-forward through you, too. If you educate and provide the viewers with information that can help them in their lives, they’ll be far more inclined to buy what you’re selling. […]

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The Joy of Teamwork: A Peek Inside Some Solid PR Campaigns

Our senior strategist is always there, along with the appropriate campaign managers from the different mediums we cover – TV, radio and print. When we get together with the client, sometimes we just talk for a little while about the areas of their expertise they feel most passionate about, and then we describe our process: Our senior strategist pours over their material and then researches what the media is covering regarding their topic, and he writes the appropriate pitches or articles that match up with the campaigns our clients have purchased. Then, the different campaign managers walk them through the logistics of each campaign and we’re off to the races. […]

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Why Can’t I Just Talk About My Book On The Air? Why Using the Media to Sell Books is a Finesse Play

Authors expect they can use the media as a venue to talk about their books, while the media is only interested in them for their expertise and the information or entertainment they can offer their audiences. […]

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Get Customers Influencing Stores to Stock Your Product

Whether you know it or not, when you ask for something special, you are participating in a phenomenon one of my clients called, “reverse distribution.” Your request triggers a call to a manufacturer or distributor, specifically to get that product for you. On the other end, there is a business that is now going to fill an order they would not have received, had it not been for you asking for that specific product. […]

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Are You On Top of the News? It Can Dictate Your PR

One of the things I tell clients who want to get coverage in print and online press is that they have to read the news. If you want the print media to cover you, I think it simply helps if you know what it is they like to write about. […]

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When is a Good Time To Start Your PR Campaign? How About NOW?

I have found that the two biggest obstacles to a good PR campaign are the two Ps: Procrastination and Perfection. Too many times, companies will procrastinate in getting their campaign started, and tag their campaign launch to something artificial like a product launch (which isn’t news, unless it’s the iPhone 4) or a new initiative. […]

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Want to Get on TV? Follow a Daily News Routine to Increase Your Chances

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.Read More…

When it Comes to Talk Radio, You Can’t Judge by Size Alone

Typically, people engaging in talk radio-based PR campaigns will use market size and wattage of the stations they choose to pitch as a benchmark for a successful campaign. That’s usually a safe bet, but that being said, it’s important not to overlook some of the smaller market, smaller wattage stations. There are a lot of diamonds in that rough to be found. […]

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How to Get the Media Interested in You: You May Be Newsworthy Without Even Knowing It

Many new clients come to us with a strong opinion about what their “pitch” should be, but often miss the mark, in terms of knowing what will get the media to sit up and pay attention to their message. But it’s very understandable that this could occur, if you’re not working with the media the way we do, day in and day out, developing story angles intended to grab their interest.

The True ROI of Public Relations: What Do You REALLY Get From a PR Campaign

The truth is, the ROI of PR is very different than the ROI of advertising and no less valuable. But, because of the differences, it requires an altogether different yardstick than advertising’s traditional cost-benefit analysis. […]

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