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(Before you think you have) Great Ideas for April Fools’ Day PR pranks

As marketers and public relations pros, we’ve likely all wanted to have an amazing April Fools’ Day prank as a fun way to bring attention to our brand.

 

In the right circumstances, April Fools’ Day pranks can make for great PR.

 

In the wrong circumstances, April Fools’ Day pranks can make for really bad PR.

 

Even the least experienced PR professionals know, as with any joke, there are many potential April Fools’ Day pitfalls to consider. Avoiding backlash should be a top priority.


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Topics: public relations, online public relations, news media

Is a press release earned media?

Know how to best share your company’s message

 

Earned media coverage is built awareness about your company through efforts like media relations (connecting with reporters), blogger relations, influencers, and word-of-mouth. It’s counterpart is paid media, which is advertisements that you or your company creates or pays for about itself. We have many clients ask us the difference between earned and paid media, and in the same breath, they also ask us to create a press release to earn media coverage.


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Topics: earned media, owned media, news media

Three questions about online content for TV stories featuring your company answered

Clear up some issues that could arise after getting a TV story

 

Having your company’s story on TV is an exciting time. You’ll be getting a lot more eyes on your company and putting your name out there. However, during the process, there are some questions you might have related to the online version of the story, such as the video not appearing or if they’ll post the story online at all.

 

At Axia Public Relations, we’ve noticed our clients ask these main questions. To help people navigate the process, we’re answering these questions, so people can go through the news process more smoothly.


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Topics: online public relations, earned media, news media

Find the best company spokesperson

What to do if your executive/spokesperson/client isn’t fit to be the face of the organization

 

As public relations professionals, we’ve worked with a plethora of companies, clients, and spokespeople. Some are perfect spokespeople while others need a few spokesperson training sessions, and then there are the ones that shouldn’t or can’t be the face of the company. 

 

Finding a spokesperson for your company can be a daunting task, and having a conversation with a spokesperson who truly isn’t the best fit to represent your company is even more difficult. As an outside PR firm, having the conversation with a client about who the best spokesperson is can be easier than having the conversation internally with a superior. So how do you navigate that difficult conversation? 


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Topics: PR tips, earned media, news media

How to submit photos that the news media will use

Be a better resource for the media

 

As newsrooms continue to shrink, they rely more and more on their reporters to write for print and online as well as take their own photos and videos. With reporters doing more, newspapers also rely on PR professionals and a company’s PR and marketing department to submit stories – in an inverted pyramid style – and images for publication. 

 

Story ideas and submissions are relatively easy to provide to a media outlet. Many companies struggle with submitting photos that newspapers and magazines will and can use. Here are some tips that will help you and your team submit quality photos the media will use. 


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Topics: media relations, earned media, news media

Our PR agency's documented proven process for earned media coverage

See how a public relations firm does earned media

 

We’ve previously discussed what earned media is and its role in public relations. However, knowing about earned media is one thing and doing it is another. For someone unfamiliar with this process, it seems almost impossible to know where to begin and how to get through it. However, there is help.

 

At Axia Public Relations, we’ve developed our own system for earned media that we’d like to share with you. We’ve included a visual chart showing how we do things and an explanation of each step.


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Topics: PR tips, earned media, news media

How to navigate a TV Newsroom as a PR pro

Newsroom veteran shares the roles and how of getting a story on TV

 

Throughout my 20 years in TV and radio newsrooms, I’ve received many calls from PR professionals. It’s clear some don’t know their way around a newsroom. So let me provide you with a roadmap because there is no better way to get your story ignored than pitching it to the wrong contact.


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Topics: media relations, earned media, news media

Five tips to hold a virtual press conference

Virtual press conferences are great ways to reach your audience safely

 

The way we communicate is ever-evolving and as technology improves, people are finding more ways to share messages on a broader scale to reach numerous audiences.

 

One way is through virtual press conferences. 

 

Virtual press conferences are cost-effective and allow reporters and news outlets to attend safely from the comfort of their homes or offices. 


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Topics: news media, press conferences

The overlooked parts of a successful media pitch

These elements can make your pitch soar if used correctly

 

Pitching a story to the media is a key public relations component. It is almost a specialty onto its own, filled with various pitfalls that can make your pitches fall flat the moment you first start the pitch — that is, if you do them incorrectly.

 

Although many consider the content of a pitch when developing one, what gets overlooked is time and pitching. Both the time you make a pitch at and how long it takes to make your pitch are vital to a successful pitch. These two factors are some of the key ingredients that can make or break a pitch’s success. 

 

Use the three tips below to make sure you’re pitching at the right time and have the right length.


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Topics: media relations, news media

11 tips to earn media coverage for your construction company

There’s no time like the present to grow your company’s outreach

 

Did you know that positive news coverage helps to improve your construction company’s reputation? It also helps to place your company at the forefront of many of your prospective customers’ minds.

Far too often, customers don’t know which company to turn to when they have a construction need because all of them seem the same. Luckily, earned media coverage assists in creating a thought leader and puts your company at the forefront of people’s minds when they need to make a building and construction decision. 


Say you’ve tried to get your company in the news, such as print, online, or broadcast coverage, without luck. We’re here to help!


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Topics: construction, news media

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