The Public Relations Blog

How to win in the game of media relations

Be the company that journalists want on their team to gain positive news coverage

You want to increase media coverage for your company, yet you’re afraid or reluctant to share specific details, such as sales, revenue, contract value, client names, costs, etc. Your fear is understandable, as you have to worry about maintaining an edge over your competitors and keeping control of your information. The media experts at Axia Public Relations have some sage advice for dealing with this conundrum: Get over it.

In every relationship, there has to be give and take, and media relations is no exception. If you want your company to receive great media coverage, you have to share. Cooperating with journalists is crucial for the success of your brand.

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

How does your PR firm generate earned news media coverage for companies?

Prospective clients ask us on a regular basis, “How do you get to know our company, and how do you use that information to generate earned media coverage?”

We love educating business people about the power of PR and how we help companies earn media coverage.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips

Don’t take it personally when your news interview gets bumped

Recently, one of our clients made an impromptu business trip to do a news interview. Our client was the top expert on the subject of the interview, and this was an opportunity for him to be the spokesperson for a major news story. The interview went well, however, the reporter ultimately decided not to use it in the piece. This was quite a bummer – and a reminder that the news business is fickle and you shouldn’t take things personally when dealing with journalists.

A successful media interview provides a huge boost to your company’s reputation and brand. It’s a way to get your name in front of your target audience as a thought-leader in your field. You’re adding value to consumers’ lives without trying to sell your product. With so much at stake, it’s quite a letdown when things don’t go as expected or your interview gets dropped. Instead of vowing to never do another interview, learn why interviews sometimes get cut, how to handle it and why it may be an advantage in disguise.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured

3 tips for promoting infographics on social media

An infographic is a way to present information or data visually with an image. To begin, decide the information you want to include in your infographic, where it will live (e.g., on your website) and where you’ll promote it. Then, send the copy you’ve created to a peer or a copy editor to proofread your work. Once the copy is ready, send it to a designer, or you can use a site like Canva or PicMonkey to create the infographic yourself.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Social Media, Online Public Relations

4 factors to consider when launching a PR campaign for your product

One reason companies hire a public relations firm is to raise awareness about their products. When you’re ready to gain media coverage for what your company offers, it’s critical that you provide samples of your product for media representatives to try. You should also be sure to ready your spokesperson for interviews.

When a company is unwilling to share product samples with media or to give the media access to certain people within the company, it’s committing mistake No. 12 of Axia Public Relations’ “15 Mistakes Companies Make When Hiring a PR Firm.” Don’t let this be your company. Educate yourself and prepare before you hire a PR firm. Here are four factors to consider when you’re ready to launch a campaign for your product.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips

3 ways to build trust with news contacts

How to cultivate long-term relationships with journalists

Navigating relationships with newsrooms and media contacts is challenging sometimes. Journalists play an important role in sharing your company's story, which, in turn, helps to build your credibility in the marketplace  and attract more customers. Journalists are a key audience for your company, and your success depends – in part – on them.

Working with the media is all about relationships — mutual trust, respect, meeting deadlines, and occasionally making friendship. Here are three important ways trust plays a key factor in building successful, mutually beneficial relationships with reporters, editors, bloggers and producers.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured

How, why and when you should use a press release distribution service

Prospective clients often ask us about news wire distribution services as part of their public relations campaigns. We find that many companies are using these services incorrectly. If you aren’t using a distribution service the right way, you aren’t receiving the full value of the news release and that could be hurting your brand.

To that end, we created a list of how, why and when your company should use a news release distribution service.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips, Press Release

Is your company’s PR ready for a cyberattack?

3 tips to help you prepare

News headlines are regularly peppered with fear-instilling stories of data breaches and cybersecurity threats that riddle us to the core as we consider how our personal and private information is vulnerable to hackers.

These same issues should concern companies even more. Large corporations like Uber and Equifax have already fallen prey to cyberattacks, and health care is the most hacked industry to date. Cybersecurity is no longer an issue exclusively for individuals who fear identity theft. It’s a rampant concern for companies as well. In addition to customer data, company trade secrets, patents and proprietary algorithms are vulnerable.

Axia Public Relations encourages its clients to regularly review and update their crisis communications plans. As more headlines spotlight cybersecurity concerns, adding steps and protocols for a cyberattack is prudent. For those that don’t have a cybersecurity plan in place, here are three steps to consider as you prepare:

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Crisis PR, Crisis Communications

The pros and cons of using a press release distribution service

Many companies want to see their news releases published on a news wire or a press release distribution services site. Axia Public Relations recommends to its clients that they only publish news releases on a news wire when they have a big announcement – or if they have a comprehensive budget to support the cost of a distribution service.

Your money is better spent on direct, one-on-one pitching and building relationships with reporters. If you’re still interested in using a news wire distribution service, check out these pros and cons.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Press Release

Investing in social media: How much should you spend?

4 items to consider when budgeting for social media

In the early years of social media, part of its allure from a marketing perspective was that it was cost-efficient – and for many, free. Today, as social media infiltrates more of our daily communications and social ad platforms become more sophisticated and drive better results, it's necessary to put some money into your social media strategy. How much your company spends depends on many factors.

To help figure out how much to invest, here are some considerations.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Social Media, Online Public Relations

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