- Journalists don’t want to write about something that’s already been released. In the past, readers had few media sources for this information. Today, seconds after you post a press release on the Internet, it’s no longer new news. This story is already one click away from any one of billions of people with an Internet connection. Of course, you could send the press release out under embargo beforehand, but even that signals to journalists that you’re giving the story to a ton of competitors.
Tags: Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Media Relations, Professional Development and Training, Seminars, Social Media, Techniques & Tactics, Trends, writing
How often do you actually read or watch the outlets you’re targeting? (I know it takes time; shortcuts coming below).
During my “Pitching Boot Camp” in Chicago this past March, the attendees were crafting pitches with some of the initial tips I’d shared. I was helping here and there when Marc Gutman from Colorado called me over.
Marc explained that his client is a doctor who uses a pioneering stem cell therapy on knee injuries. The treatment is innovative but no longer brand-new, and Marc had no new research results to share, which pretty much nixed the targets I would have otherwise suggested — medical writers.
Tags: Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Media Relations, Professional Development and Training, Relationship & Reputation Management, Seminars, Techniques & Tactics
Stuck with a story that’s not new? You already know that one way to create timeliness is to find a way to tie it in to a holiday.
Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day and Mother’s Day will be here sooner than you know it. So, I wanted to share some lessons learned regarding how to approach holiday messaging.
While powerful and timely, holiday messaging can also be challenging. You’re not only competing for the scarce time and attention of journalists, you’re competing with all the other people pitching whatever’s relevant to the calendar item you’re chasing.
So, take a step back and consider ways to come at that holiday like no one else will. Here are two examples: one building on the holiday, the other (a little like this post) developing content after the fact.
Tags: Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Media Relations, Professional Development and Training, Seminars, Techniques & Tactics, Trends, writing
We in PR aren’t like journalists.
We don’t always have the luxury of shooting down story ideas people bring to us — we ought to apply our creativity and media savvy, and find a way to make them work.
There are several formulas for turning boring or mundane topics into newsworthy angles that journalists and bloggers crave. Exemplifying a trend, tying to pop culture or tapping into breaking news are among them.
Another great one is to link to what’s currently on the media agenda. What do the media seem to have a love affair with right now? What can’t they get enough of?
Tags: Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Media Relations, Professional Development & Training, Seminars, Social Media, Techniques & Tactics
There is so much to dislike about social media — yet, there are so many new avenues of communication available to you during a crisis that it becomes hard to do so. On the other hand, social media can also blow up with excessive criticism and hate. Add to that the fact that your older executives may freak out when they read all of the negative criticism. You then have a real PR problem on your hands. However, it is impossible to overlook the power of circumventing the media in certain crises when you can’t get news coverage by taking your message straight to your social media audience. Also, it is gratifying to get positive feedback from people who are hungry for news updates and find solace in knowing you provided them vital information.
Are you as tired of this merry-go-round as I am? Sorting it all out is nothing short of exhausting.
So, what do you think? Does “shiny and new” beat “tried and true?” In other words, does new social media serve you better than the traditional approach to crisis communications?
What happens if you combine all of the new social media, the latest technology, great media relations and great crisis communications? I have done it while in seven feet of floodwaters with no electricity for five days. I ended up on live television on CNN and The Weather Channel, broadcasting my story from the heart of a hurricane, where even their own news crews couldn’t go. Would you like to learn the secrets of doing that? Some of them can be found here.
To help you sort it all out, you are invited to join me Sept. 24 in Arlington, Va., where we will explore the good, bad and ugly of social media for crisis communications. Do not come if you are expecting suggestions for one magic solution that works for every organization — there is no such thing. For a sample of what you will hear, visit here.
Tags: Crisis Communications, crisis reputation, Media Relations, media training, Professional Development and Training, Seminars, Social Media
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