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 Advantage Women In Business Have With Being Interviewed In The Media

Men and women both regularly experience successful publicity campaigns, promoting their position as authorities in their fields by being quoted in the press, interviewed on the air and building a following on social media. But (sorry, men) I think that women often enjoy an advantage on the PR front. […]

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What To Do When Media Successes Are Quickly Followed By Media Failures

In the publicity world, nothing quite matches the excitement of landing not just one great media hit, not just two, but a whole series that follows quickly one right after the other. Such extraordinary success can trick you into thinking: Hey, this publicity and brand-building game ain’t so hard after all! Of course, success this […]

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Left For Dead, Radio Adapts To A Digital World

First it was TV that was going to kill off radio, sending it to an early and untimely death. But radio hung in and even thrived. Then it was the internet that was going to finish the job once and for all! But radio shrugged (at least metaphorically), adapted and even capitalized on its supposed […]

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Seeing Your PR Campaign In 4-D

With movies such as “Logan,” “Alien: Covenant” and many others being filmed in 3-D these days, I started thinking about how a good PR campaign also has its own 3-D elements. Although since there are four types of media outlets – TV, radio, social media and print (offline and online) – what you really need […]

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How To Handle The Media’s Tough Questions – And Come Out Smiling

What makes for a good talk radio or TV show, or a captivating newspaper or magazine article? Often, it’s a little controversy – just the thing many people being interviewed by the media hope to avoid. They want a friendly chat, but they fear an inquisition. I confess to a mixed view here. I understand […]

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Get Great Publicity by Writing Op-Eds

Some of my favorite articles in any newspaper, magazine or online news website are the op-eds – the opinion pieces written by people who don’t work for the publication. Well-written op-eds allow me to see issues and events from unexpected perspectives. Even if I don’t ultimately agree with the writer, I enjoy reading a carefully […]

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Could Your Message Hit the Next Media Home Run?

Just yesterday, Better Homes and Gardens interviewed one of our clients after learning about her from our invitation to review her new book. We were pleased – the 91-year-old magazine is an American institution with 7.6 million readers! That wasn’t the first great media placement for this client, a psychologist specializing in the emotional health […]

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How to Get Publicity from Talk Radio

I’ve gotten back into hosting a talk radio show and giving interviews, and the experience takes me back – way back! – to how I started EMSI Public Relations in the first place. I was, and still am, a huge talk radio listener. It’s educational, entertaining, and the most open of the mainstream media to […]

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Return on Networking – the ROI of Social Media

I was never a fan of the cocktail party-variety networking scene. I will never be one to dart around a room shoving business cards into people’s hands. I prefer meaningful conversations with people, getting to know them and vice versa. But social media networking? That’s something different altogether. Done right, it’s never a hit-and-run. Rather, […]

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Myths About Publicity

What It Does and Who Gets It Judging from the questions I’m asked by people from every walk of life, misconceptions about publicity – what it can do and who can get it – abound. By definition, publicity is media coverage you get because you’re deemed to be of interest to an audience. If a […]

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Radio Stations – They’re Now Web Sites That Also Happen to Broadcast – Part 2

Article highlights: How radio stations have married social media and traditional media into entertainment powerhouses. Why social media is important if you wish to be a guest. To read part 1, click here! Yesterday I introduced you to Alex Hinojosa, former full-time radio personality and current Senior Campaign Manager at EMSI. Alex was working as […]

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Decking the Halls Doesn’t Mean Slowing Down

While many assume that nothing of any consequence really happens over the holidays, that means fewer people will be competing for those guest interviews on radio, TV and in print. This opens up an opportunity for you to jump in and compete for that media, with fewer of your competitors in that mix. Let’s face it, the media still needs people to interview to generate content. So if your competition is not in the game over the holidays, this is the perfect time for you to step in and get the coverage. […]

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Going Away for the Holidays? The Media Won’t

The media doesn’t shut down during the holidays. The newspaper still arrives at your door every morning and when you turn on the radio or TV, you’ll find all the same shows are on the air. Admittedly, the holiday staff are the people who drew the short straws – but there they are on the air, behind the scenes, writing stories and generating the news we consume daily, without fail, even during our most cherished holidays. […]

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So, What’s The Value of All My PR Efforts, Anyway?

I tend to use this space as a “how to” venue. I like to share my insights on how to get the media excited about you, your message, your products, your services and books. My hope is that the information I offer will enable you to generate media placements for yourself to further your public relations efforts. […]

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Christmas in August?

The fourth quarter – that holiday spending season between October and December – is still a month and a half away, so I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m riffing on a holiday classic. Read on and find out why you need to prepare for the holiday sales season now. […]

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