3 reasons to participate in interviews with smaller media outlets

By Marjorie Comer

Don’t shy away from smaller opportunities

Even the smallest media interviews can have benefits.

We know your company, especially the CEO, wants media results. To get those results, your spokespeople must be available for interviews via email, phone and in person. At Axia Public Relations, we’ve had companies hire us and then be reluctant to participate in interviews with smaller media outlets or with reporters who have smaller roles with bigger outlets. Being too selective about interviews is mistake No. 11 on Axia’s list of 15 mistakes companies make when hiring a PR firm.

There are actually a few benefits to participating in smaller interview opportunities. Here are three reasons you should be more willing to accept these types of interviews.

1. Practice

Many company spokespeople – company executives and even the CEO – have little to no spokesperson training before they speak to the media. This means they don’t have key messages on point, they may use filler words like “um,” and they may appear nervous and uncertain during even the most basic of interviews. Participating in smaller interviews will prepare your spokespeople for in-depth interviews that require more advanced skills. These interviews also provide your PR firm an opportunity to give your spokespeople the necessary feedback to improve.

2. Quotes

As public relations professionals, when we listen to a client interview, we take notes and gain additional insight into company news or trends that we may not have otherwise known. We use the information we gain from interviews for future pitches, blog posts, social media posts and other ways throughout your PR campaign.

3. Third-party credibility

Don’t snub your smaller outlets. It may surprise you how many smaller outlets have a passionate and loyal following, despite their size. And – they want to hear from your spokesperson! Additionally, we’re able to pull quotes from these interviews and pitch to larger digital-only outlets. As third-party content, these smaller interviews add credibility.

As PR professionals, we do our research before pitching an outlet and presenting a media opportunity to your company. We check the number of impressions an outlet has in a month-long period as well as how active they are on social media. Smaller media outlets, including blogs and podcasts, can be exceptional places to gain media coverage for your company. You can use the interviews your spokespeople participate in as building blocks for future media coverage and pitches. Check out Axia’s spokesperson training webinar to help you and your CEO feel more comfortable about interviewing with smaller media outlets.

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