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PR101: What To Do In A Crisis

Groups and individuals in the news are often remarkably accessible until problems arise. Then, suddenly, people aren’t in, calls aren’t returned, and folks who once burned-up the phone lines looking for coverage disappear. The “take to the hills” response to bad news cedes all promotional ground to one’s adversaries and critics. There’s no possibility of […]

10Sep2009 | | 0 comments | Continued

PR: It’s Okay To Be Imperfect

If your story concept is good, if your idea is compelling, then it should be open to discussion and criticism. Not only does open debate make for a better story, it also demonstrates an essential strength, character and dimension that makes something, or someone, newsworthy and credible. As an example, in the early 1970’s a […]

10Sep2009 | | 0 comments | Continued

How To Become A Media “Authority Figure” And Be Quoted In The News

While packaging is part of the promotion game, another part depends on the status of the packager. “Authority figures,” people who can be identified in some way, are important in journalism because covering, quoting or citing them gives depth and credibility to stories. The “person on the street” and the “family from Peoria,” represent the […]

10Sep2009 | | 0 comments | Continued

7 Ways To Build A Successful News Story

It’s always news when the circus comes to town or a new teenage spelling champ is proclaimed, even though everyone has heard these stories before. Such events are newsworthy only because promoters have taken standardized stories and added a little spice, a new twist and some updating to make them current. Here are seven quick […]

10Sep2009 | | 0 comments | Continued

10 Ways To Kill A News Story

With so many media outlets looking for good stories, you’d think most promoters would have little trouble getting ideas circulated. Yet many valid story concepts are never covered for the oddest of reasons: The promoter prevents coverage! This sounds like an utter contradiction of purpose and intent, but it happens more frequently than anyone might […]

10Sep2009 | | 0 comments | Continued

Media Marketing Rules — How To Win At PR

Every profession and industry has a particular way of doing business, a series of standards and approaches that distinguish “insiders” from the rest of the world. If you’re in the field, you know where the boundaries are, what constitutes professionally-appropriate behavior, and where corners can be cut. In the relationship between journalists and promoters there […]

7Jul2009 | | 0 comments | Continued

The Unwritten PR Rules, Part 1: Promotional “Do’s”

How can you succeed with the media? Here are the basic do’s, steps you ought to take with every report and news outlet. Customize Materials To the extent possible, tailor your efforts to individual reporters and media outlets. All media outlets, even those competing in the same field or for the same audience, have distinct […]

1Jul2009 | | 0 comments | Continued

Journalism 101: Media Versus Medium

What do we call the Internet, newspapers, TV and radio? They are the “media” when grouped collectively, as in “media reports say the war is going well.” In formal language, a single newspaper might be called a “medium” but the term is convoluted and most people will not use it. No one says “I read […]

25Jun2009 | | 0 comments | Continued

Why Is Media Marketing More Effective Than PR?

Few institutions are more ingrained in our daily lives than the media. We awake to the radio and read the morning paper. By day we scan magazines, newspapers and newsletters and by night we tune in the evening news and read books. There’s no doubt that much of our time is devoted to absorbing and […]

24Jun2009 | | 0 comments | Continued

PR101: Ads Vs. Media Marketing

Media access is most often seen in terms of advertising. If you want to reach a particular audience, the easiest and most direct approach is to buy space or time in the media of your choice. Advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry and it’s hard to believe a business of such size is possible without […]

22Jun2009 | | 0 comments | Continued