Media Training: How to Avoid Being Misquoted
I often begin my media training sessions by asking members of the audience to raise their hands if they've been interviewed by the media. Almost all of the hands in the room go up.
The Press Release is Dead (Now Will Somebody Please Tell the Clients?)
In competing for a piece of business not too long ago, my PR firm was asked to supply three samples each of recent clips, bylined articles we'd authored for clients, and press releases.For two of the three requirements, the issue was our embarrassment of riches.
What is News?
What may be the more appropriate question is: What makes a story newsworthy enough to get picked up by the media? Here are a few rules of thumb to determine if you have a news angle worthy of press coverage.First, is the subject relevant to anyone outside of your organization? For example,
if your firm is announcing changes to the employee health plan, that's newsworthy
of coverage in the company newsletter but not typically for the mainstream press.
PR Planning: Mapping Out Your Strategies, Tactics
With all due respect to all those stereotypical males out there who hate to ask for directions, the fact is that even if the territory is somewhat familiar, if you don't have a roadmap and follow its directions, you're going to get hopelessly lost.So it goes with your PR program.
How to Get More Mileage Out of Your Media Coverage
Maybe it played for Kevin Costner in "Field of Dreams," but that paraphrased line - "Print it and they will come" - doesn't necessarily work in real life.There's a lot to be said for the value of editorial side coverage, but you can't count
on people acting on what they read or even remembering it for long.
Building Credibility Through Bylined Articles
As if making sure your company runs smoothly on an operational level isn't
responsibility enough, as a business owner, you're probably overseeing all aspects of your company's public relations program, as well.PR can keep a company above water when times are tough and help the business
soar during a fair-weather economy.
Custom Reasons for Custom Publishing
Once considered the stepchild of the publishing industry, custom publishing now claims a legitimate slice of the B-to-B MarCom pie.Custom magazines, newsletters and sponsored supplements are becoming an
increasingly integral part of the overall marketing program.
Want To Join the Bandwagon? Be Sure It Has Wheels!
Here are two to-the-point questions recently posed by several association magazine publishers: "When is it time to launch an electronic newsletter?" and "Just because everyone's doing it, does that make it right for us?"These are just the types of questions that should be asked by associations and
businesses seeking to maximize contact with members, prospects or current
customers. The trick is to generate the processes that will allow you to arrive at the
right answer for your circumstance.
6 Essentials for Doing Your Own PR: Guest Author
Today's issue of Lean Marketing Champions features tips on doing your own PR from one of our authors and PR goddess, Paula Gardner.1.
Is There a Plumber in the House?
I don't know about you but I get really frustrated when I have to deal with anyone in the plumbing, heating, or electrical field. For the most part, the service is horrible, the contractors are unreliable, and the lack of professionalism is rampant.
Do-It-Yourself PR: An Accident Waiting to Happen
Early in my career as a public relations consultant, I remember standing in a group of people at a business function and listening to one man's tale of woe. It seems the founder and president of a small and growing business was bewildered about his lack of media attention.
Hispanic Media Training: How It Can Benefit You
How can media training help you create a successful Hispanic market campaign? There are plenty of examples of Hispanic market campaigns with a broad range of results. Many of you have heard of the infamous airline that invited travelers to fly 'naked'.
As the comedian Steve Martin once said, "some people have a way with words and some people have not way." Increasingly, I am seeing information from companies, particularly in news releases, that "has not way.
Meet The Media
Although media relations is not all there is to PR, it is a darned good, low cost way to spread the word. So here are a few media contacts to help you out.
The Three-Mile Radius
In last year's animated film Shrek II, a giant gingerbread man steps on a building and sends all the customers scurrying across the street. The name of the establishment they leave and the one they run into is "Farbucks" - poking fun at the fact that an unending stream of patrons appears willing to pay four bucks for a cup of coffee.
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