We all know that the world of public relations and marketing changes by the day with the substance of influence, almost just as fickle.
Here’s what I’ve found most recently to get results, if you are looking to gain some media attention.
- Slip into their shoes. Try imaging you’re trading places (remember that movie?) with that editor and get a feel for what might make their workload lighter. Is it fresh content they want? Is it an exciting headline, or maybe a reference tool? It will of course depend on the publication and the product or service you are selling, but there is absolutely no point in doling out worthless information that does not relate to their audience. It might seem obvious, but still happens every day!
- A word on press releases. They still do have a place and are more than ever, a crucial introduction to your piece. Ensure that you tell your story in the first paragraph. People no longer read. No one has the time to sift through passages of beautifully written text. Just give it to them up-font. This is sometime a hurdle with the client, as they often like to keep their ‘promise’ secret. That strategy is very last century!
- Quality over quantity. Avoid the scattergun approach with a generalised cover email and forwarding the release to anyone covering your chosen beat. Copy + paste relevant information and personalise your message, paying attention to the format and font. I cannot emphasise this enough. How many times have you been sent a pitch of some sort that has been pasted together from different sources? How did that make you feel?
Follow these guidelines and you’re well on the way to cutting through a busy inbox. Just copy and paste onto a sticky and keep on your desktop:
STAY RELEVANT - SHORT + FOCUSED - TAKE AIM ON CHOSEN TARGET
If you need any assistance I’m here ready to help.