Posts Tagged ‘media relations’

Four Tips to Getting Client Coverage When They Have No News

A client with a strong pipeline of newsworthy announcements is as exciting as winning the lottery to most PR professionals. The media craves hard numbers, customer partnerships, funding, and new products. More often than not, however, early stage companies don’t have a never-ending stream of announcements. This can be a major challenge, but nearly ten years in the industry and numerous start-up clients have given me some great ways to make sure that a lack of hard news doesn’t mean a lack of great hits.

Look to Executives and Unique Employees

It might be time to refre...
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Mar 21

Content Marketing vs. Public Relations: Why New Ways to Publish Don’t Replace PR for B2B Companies

The last five years have seen a marked changed in the way content is generated online. Instead of relying on a newsroom staffed with journalists, online media platforms are trading on their infinite column length of free content from outside sources. What was first a cost-cutting measure is now a potential money maker has the views generated help bolster advertising revenues at a fraction of the cost of internal writers and editors.

This change has given individuals the ability to publish their work alongside journalists with only small cues to differentiate them to the reader (e....
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Feb 21

Five Steps to Ghost Writing the Perfect Byline

A byline article is a great opportunity for a client to tell their story. They can use their own words and voice and are typically positioned as an industry thought leader. Often written by public relations professionals, these articles are published with the client’s name. For PR pros, that means delivering a well thought out and written piece. Luckily, with a little planning and attention to detail, your byline article can be perfect. Here are a few tips to remember:

Research: This sounds simple, but there are many factors you need to consider before writing. Reading past inte...
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Sep 01

Are you Working on Marketing Outputs, or Outcomes?

During a recent conference, I spent seven hours with local entrepreneurs, marketers, and PR professionals sharing first-hand experiences around marketing challenges and how they solved them. One of the main topics was digital trends and what we, as content producers, should know.

One speaker who really stood out for me was the charismatic Wil Reynolds, Founder and Director of Strategy at SEER Interactive, a digital marketing agency specializing in SEO, PPC, and Analytics.

Wil challenged the group to to ask themselves if they were working on marketing “outputs” or “outcomes....
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Aug 20

Book report: Tips for social media success

A review of social media-pro Guy Kawasaki’s book, “The Art of Social Media”

Sure, you’re engaging in social media efforts for your clients, but are they reaching the right people? Did they make any impact?

If you are already implementing, or are planning to implement, a social media campaign, Guy Kawasaki is a name you need to know. Formerly an advisor at Google and Chief Evangelist at Apple, Guy is an authority on all things social media.

In his book, “The Art of Social Media”, Guy outlines best practices and tips that all circle back to the main f...
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Aug 13

Best Practices: Writing Website Copy

As content marketing continues to drive many of today’s integrated marketing programs, perfecting writing skills for the various marketing channels has never been more critical. Copy for a brochure is not the same as copy for a press release, white paper or social media.

Copy development for a website has its own voice or tone. The great part about web copy is that it can be changed and adjusted on the fly and new messages and call to actions can be tested dynamically for each campaign or target audience. The hard part about web copy is that you need to think about the SEO implications...
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Jul 09

The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing for SEO

Launching a new website? What is your copy saying? Print this out and make sure you are following these simple rules. Best practices go a long way and can dramatically impact your site’s visibility.

Do: Vary sentence structure to have a combination of longer and shorter sentences for rhythm. Keep sentences under 30 words. Keep paragraphs short and break them into logical sections with headers. Readers need the white space for legibility. Headers also help a page look more visually interesting and are easier to scan. This goes double for mobile view! Use bullets to break up paragr...
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Jun 03

Visual Storytelling: 6 Ways to Incorporate Video into Your Brand Strategy

You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” If that’s true, then one minute of video could easily be worth 1+ million words.

The power of video in communication is more prevalent than ever, as we are constantly surrounded by it: television, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, etc. Yet, in a recent survey conducted by PR Newswire and PR News, 76 percent of respondents believe video is underutilized in messaging platforms and in PR content. More than half of respondents also stated less than 5 percent of their overall external communication is delivered...
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Apr 14

The role of research in media relations

In PR, it is always best to have the facts on your side. From pitching a new client to building a strategic communications plan to finding the right media pitch targets, research plays a critical supporting role in helping you to make smart, informed recommendations.

There are various types of research involved in PR: primary research, which can be focus groups, phone interviews, online surveys; and secondary research, which includes market and industry research, news tracking, competitive analysis, media and analyst audits, and media/social media analysis and more. Each of these tools c...
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Mar 31

Get Off the Beaten Path with “the Phone”

Emailing the media is easy. You draft your pitch, email the reporter and wait to hear back. On a good day, the reporter writes back that he or she wants to interview your client. On a bad day, you don’t hear back. On an average day, you probably still don’t hear back. So I ask, how can you rely solely on email when the top journalists are getting 100+ pitches a day and juggling deadlines, meetings and special requests from their managing editors? I’ve found that using the phone is a complementary tool for pitching the media. The phone is not always appropriate when the reporter ...
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Oct 14