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3 ways to engage influential columnists

Plenty of media outlets – digital and print – leverage individuals with special expertise, large followings or authoritative diatribe to round out editorial coverage in the form of columns. In fact, prior to YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, columnists were the key influencers. For example, there was Pauline Friedman Phillips who, under the pen name Abigail Van Buren, wrote the syndicated “Dear Abby,” until her death at the age of 94. Walt Mossberg earned fame amid the pages of the Wall Street Journal for uncovering and demystifying technology. Herb Caen riveted readers of the San Francisco Chronicle with his daily column, which many considered the “voice and conscience” of San Francisco.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips

Forget the media kit; think robust newsroom

8 items to include in your company’s online newsroom

Seasoned PR pros may remember printing countless press releases, fact sheets and biographies to include in perfectly curated media kits. Media kits of yesterday were helpful leave-behinds, however, today they’re dinosaurs. Digital media kits – or online newsrooms – are an easy way for media to access key information and assets.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, News Release

3 tips to rectify missed media opportunities

As a professional journalist, I’ve received my share of calls from unhappy sources complaining I excluded them from an article. These calls come because some companies believe if their competitors receive media attention, they deserve attention too. Realistically, the news cycle doesn’t work that way. Even with the highest degree of professionalism, there are plenty of editorial cracks through which information can fall.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured

‘National Publicist Day’: How Ivy Lee wrote the first press release


October 30. To most it’s just another day of the year. However, in the public relations and journalism worlds, it’s a day to celebrate. October 30 is National Publicist Day.

(See also: What’s the difference between publicity and public relations? Hint: PR strategists hate when we call them publicists.)

On this day in 1906, well-known public relations pioneer and productivity consultant Ivy Lee wrote the first documented press release.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, Press Release

Media coverage: Securing one for the wall

6 tips to help you obtain news coverage for your company

Public relations professionals should understand their clients aren't looking to put a news release in a frame on their wall. They want a cover story or great feature story to frame. So how do you make it happen? There’s no sure-fire way to earn that coveted feature story placement. However, there are some things you can do to help make the dream a reality.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, Media

Never lie to a news reporter

4 tips a spokesperson can use to prepare for an interview

In the midst of an interview, sometimes it’s tempting to exaggerate to make your company look good. Perhaps you’re unprepared to answer the question, so you respond enthusiastically with a “fish tale.” Or, perhaps you’re attempting to “fake it before you make it.”

No matter the reason, you should never exaggerate or tell even the smallest lie. You’ll lose credibility and put your company’s future in danger. We’ve had one such client whose CEO embellished during an interview, and it didn’t turn out well. Learn from that company’s mistake so you can prevent it from happening to your company.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, Media

What to do when a journalist isn’t publishing your story

3 tips for following up and staying on the radar

Your company has a great story, and you want to share it. You take the proper steps to deliver it to journalists, and then you wait patiently for them to publish it. And … nothing happens. What do you do when journalists aren’t publishing your story?

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured

4 tips to navigate the nontraditional media

With today’s ever-changing landscape of technology, the shuttering of brick-and-mortar businesses and media outlets popping up or leaving the industry, many believe that print media is dead and, along with it, public relations. However, PR is far from dead.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured

Think carefully before choosing a media monitoring company

3 reasons why a public relations firm is your best choice

If you’re only focusing internally on social media posts and not studying outside trends in your industry, you’re missing out. Media monitoring is essential to your company’s positive image, and your news releases should be timely and applicable. If you’re considering an outside company for your media monitoring needs, think carefully before you make your choice.

There are many media intelligence companies that provide media monitoring and social media monitoring to help companies grow and build their brands. These companies use media intelligence to inform strategy, connect with your audience and measure success. These are all necessary tools, however, many of these companies are limited when it comes to helping your company succeed. A public relations firm is all-encompassing and puts your entire company’s needs at the forefront.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured

Which is the best day to send out a news release?

You have a news release ready to go for your company, and you assume that getting it in the hands of journalists first thing on Monday morning will beat everyone to the punch. However, you should consider which day is best for your news release because there are some days that provide more benefit for your company than others.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, Press Release

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