MACIAS PR – Why We Deliver Better Results

MACIAS PR was founded by a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. Journalists and industry peers consistently rank MACIAS PR as one of the best PR Firms based on our media deliverables and expertise.

PR and Industry Awards

In 2017 and 2018, digital marketing peers named MACIAS PR the Strategic PR Firm of the Year. As part of the selection process, marketing and PR professionals reviewed the media campaigns promoted by our firm. A detailed summary of our approach and media deliverables was required for the nomination. More than 80,000 digital marketing, PR firms and publicists were nominated from across the country but MACIAS PR was the only firm selected in the USA.

Finance Monthly also named us the 2015, 2016 and 2017 PR Firm of the Year – USA. Journalists with the finance publication reviewed our media deliverables, expertise and innovation in PR as a prerequisite for the award. We were the only PR firm selected in the USA under that category. You can read more on those honors and awards by clicking here.

MACIAS PR has run B2B and B2C media and branding campaigns for clients in healthcare, health tech, tech startups, financial services, asset management, nonprofits and service sector industries. Message Mark at the bottom of this screen (green button on the right) if you would like to hear a customized media strategy. We can also give you a PR estimate by clicking here.

Affiliate Marketing PR Campaigns – Why One Size does not Fit All

By Mark Macias

The owner of an affiliate service emailed me recently, asking about a PR starter kit for her clients. Her intentions were in the right place with her email.

“I’m looking for a very inexpensive package to offer my (affiliates), a sort of starter kit to help kick-start their marketing campaign. Most of them have no clue what to do,” she wrote.

Hiring a publicist is not like buying a shirt. There is no universal “starter kit” that will work for every business, especially if your business involves retail.

For each campaign to be successful, you need to identify the story and what makes it unique. If you are selling t-shirts to teenagers, that is a different publicity campaign than a men’s store selling expensive suits to professionals. And to underscore that statement, it’s also a different publicity campaign than one that reaches professional women.

PR Advice for Affiliate Marketing Campaigns

In the case with the owner of that affiliate marketing company, she would be more successful if she were to give her clients a compass that teaches them the most important questions to answer before you launch a PR campaign.

Every campaign that MACIAS PR begins with a strategy around critical thinking. We don’t just jump into a story. We debate and discuss why specific reporters or media outlets will be interested in our angle. And that all takes place before we even start calling reporters.

Finance Monthly and ACQ5 5 – an international industry award – named Macias PR the 2017 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, and PR Firm of the Year – USA. This was the third year in a row that Finance Monthly recognized our firm. The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He is also a PR contributor with CNBC, providing media analysis, insight and crisis advice on timely business topics.

Best PR Campaigns begin with a Focused Approach

By Mark Macias

I got an email recently from a marketing consultant who I have worked with in the past. She’s introduced me to many great “players” in the business scene and she is a friend, so I want her to succeed.

She asked if I would help her with publicity for an upcoming project. Her idea was to push press releases to her audience.

I asked who was her targeted audience and she ran off a list that pretty much included everyone.

It’s great to have a product that is for the masses, but when it comes to the media, your campaign will be more successful if you narrow down the target. The more targeted a media campaign, the better ROI it will bring to your business.

Is all PR Good PR?

What good is it to get a great story in a magazine that your clients don’t read?

Sure, you can use the placement to promote your product in other avenues, but it would be better if your story was in a magazine or newspaper that your potential clients will read on their own.

So what is the first step you should take when it comes to starting your own public relations campaign? Identify a narrative that is interesting, new and most important, focused. Once you identify the narrative, the next step is writing a tight press release.

Finance Monthly and ACQ5 5 – an international industry award – named Macias PR the 2017 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, and PR Firm of the Year – USA. This was the third year in a row that Finance Monthly recognized our firm. The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He is also a PR contributor with CNBC, providing media analysis, insight and crisis advice on timely business topics.

The Best PR Firms leverage Vision, Creativity and Clarity

By Mark Macias

The most creative people are typically seen as eccentric or even chaotic with their approach to life. It’s great to approach life with that creative flair, but when it comes to successful PR campaigns, clarity is equally important.

The foundation for all creative work revolves around clarity. I’ve seen it in the media as an Executive Producer with NBC. I’ve observed it with actors as a playwright producing an Off-Broadway play. I’ve also seen at work how clarity is crucial for every PR campaign.

The best PR firms are clear, creative and focused

Clarity is a requirement when it comes to the foundation of our media campaigns. I always say in our office, “reporters might not like our story idea, but they will always know what our story is.”

During my time in the media, I used to get all kinds of pitches from publicists. Most of the time, I never knew what story they were pitching.

Their stories didn’t have focus or vision. The message wasn’t tight. I didn’t understand what the publicist was pitching.

This approach to PR is one of the advantages that MACIAS PR has over our peers. We will will never push a story angle that isn’t clear. We will also make sure that our angle is understand – from an editorial perspective.

If you’re having trouble getting traction with the media, email us and we’ll schedule a strategy session that will bring clarity to your media message.

Finance Monthly and ACQ5 5 – an international industry award – named Macias PR the 2017 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, and PR Firm of the Year – USA. This was the third year in a row that Finance Monthly recognized our firm. The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He is also a PR contributor with CNBC, providing media analysis, insight and crisis advice on timely business topics.

Award-Winning Journalist and Publicist Releases New Book, ‘Tao of PR,’ Bringing Tactics From Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’ to PR

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The award-winning journalist and publicist, Mark Macias, has published a new book – “Tao of PR” – which takes tactics from Sun Tzu’s, “Art of War,” and applies them to PR and crisis communications.

The “Tao of PR” takes the famous Chinese military treatise from the fifth century BC and repositions these war strategies for a modern-day strategic communications plan.

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Macias said his book lays out messaging and crisis communications tactics that can help entrepreneurs or business owners trying to get their story told with the media.

The overarching themes of the “Tao of PR” include: I – Laying Plans; II – Waging War; III – Positioning; IV – Forces – Strengths and Weaknesses; V – Engaging the Force; VI – Adaptability; VII – Moving the Force; VIII – Situational Positioning; IX – The Attack; X – Spies and Advocates.

Chapter 8 – Situational Positioning – gives guidance on how to deal with reporters in friendly and combative situations, while Chapter 10 – Spies and Advocates – reveals 10 Defensive Decrees that can help any crisis communications situation.

“The media is a complicated landscape, especially in this ever-evolving news cycle,” said Macias. “You can’t approach BuzzFeed, the ‘Today’ Show or the Wall Street Journal in a similar fashion. The way a story is positioned and how that message is framed will influence whether the story gains traction. The ‘Tao of PR’ takes readers through these steps, tactics, and approaches that can help all entrepreneurs better craft the message and reinforce the brand.”

Macias said he learned many of these strategies during his time as an Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York.

As a journalist, Macias was nominated for five Emmys in the categories: News & Public Affairs, Features, Business/Consumer, Documentary Programming, Religious Programming. He won an Emmy in News & Public Affairs.

Today, Macias runs the tech and healthcare PR firm, MACIAS PR, which was named the 2017 and 2018 Strategic PR Firm of the Year by industry peers. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the Financial PR Firm of the Year based on their media deliverables, expertise, and innovation in PR.

Macias said the most successful media strategies contain multiple elements: a great narrative; universal appeal; telescopic aim, urgency; and a solution. “The Tao of PR” reveals how to create, develop and execute these strategies for any media campaign.

“We leverage all of these elements when it comes to launching a media campaign,” said Macias. “We apply journalism, programming strategy and insider approaches for every media campaign we run. It’s one of the reasons why our clients have appeared in the biggest and most influential publications.”

MACIAS PR has run branding, media and crisis campaigns for tech and healthcare organizations, financial groups, nonprofit organizations, politicians and trade organizations. The firm is based in New York City.

The “Tao of PR” can be purchased on Amazon. Brand managers and reporters can receive a free copy of the book by emailing mmm@maciaspr.com – and requesting “Tao of PR.”

The Cat and Mouse Strategy – It applies to PR

This is an excerpt from “The Tao of PR” by Mark Macias.

Why does the cat always catch the mouse? When you think of how agile and quick a mouse can be, he should always outmaneuver the cat. Yet, nearly 100 percent of the time, the cat will catch the mouse.

That’s not just a fun question. It’s actually a way of thinking that applies to PR and business.

First off, I’m not an expert on mice or cats. I have never owned a cat and I hate mice. But as a person who lives in Manhattan, and every New Yorker will tell you – “if you have mice, get a cat and the problem will go away.” There’s a reason why everyone says that and I believe the strategy also applies to public relations and business.

The Cat and Mouse PR Approach

A cat traditionally studies its prey before it attacks. It tries to understand the mouse’s movements and agility in advance. It is also more patient. The cat takes his time approaching the mouse, waiting for the right moment to pounce while the mouse is preoccupied with the ground.

In the world of public relations, you should study and understand the journalists you want to pitch because you only get one chance.

If you fire off that story idea before it is completely developed, you risk losing an opportunity for coverage. Many clients want to see results quickly, and as a business owner, I understand. I want to see a high rate of return as well on my investments. But if the execution of the strategy is rushed and sloppy, you risk losing out on solid media placements.

As for the mouse, I will never understand why he continually gets caught. He is faster and more agile and should be able to run circles around the puffy paw.

I’ve watched mice move on the streets of Manhattan. Trust me, I couldn’t catch one in my house but I guarantee you I can catch a cat anywhere. The mice gets caught because he is afraid.

No Fear in PR

A creative media strategy requires confidence in an idea and strength with the execution. You can’t be afraid of creative ideas when pitching reporters. Sure, I’ve come up with some crazy publicity stunts and not all of them worked. But a good majority did. If I were afraid of failure, I would have missed out on the home runs. The same applies to your business. You can’t be afraid like that little mouse.

Finally, the mouse fails because he doesn’t think. If you have observed any mouse in a kitchen after turning on the light, you’ll see they don’t react to change well. Their bodies scramble without direction. It’s like they are immobilized by the sudden change in environment.

If you’re trying to succeed with media placements, you really do need to think like a cat but move like a mouse. If an idea doesn’t seem to be catching on, listen to the feedback of reporters. Are you missing an element with your idea? Does the reporter need more evidence to support the story? Be nimble and respond to their questions. Be like the mouse – fast, agile and quick to respond. Be like the cat – strategic on your approach, measuring the situation before attacking

In the cartoon, Tom & Jerry, the mouse always won because he out- thought the big, slow cat. Of course, that is the land of fiction, but since the Tom & Jerry narrative was created by a real person, I can now understand why little Jerry won every time the two battled wits.

Finance Monthly and ACQ5 5 – an international industry award – named Macias PR the 2017 and 2018 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, and PR Firm of the Year – USA. This was the third year in a row that Finance Monthly recognized our firm.

The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He is also a PR contributor with CNBC, providing media analysis, insight and crisis advice on timely business topics.

How To Get Your Product on ‘The Today Show’ – PR Analysis

The Today Show is PR opportunity every CEO and business owner asks for. Nearly every potential client says they want to be on the Today Show or Good Morning America when asked who is their ideal audience.

It’s not easy securing a placement with these morning show. The available segments are limited between hard news and commercials.

But MACIAS PR did it this week for our health tech client on The Today Show. We also secured a different segment for this client with NBC News.

So how did we do it? We leveraged a timely component with water cooler material.

The Consumer Electronics Show, also known as CES, is the world’s largest consumer tech trade show. Tech entrepreneurs and startups come from all over the world to showcase their tech products to the world – and more important, the media. It’s not easy standing out at CES without the help from the media

Before CES took place, MACIAS PR reached out to hundreds of targeted reporters, producers and writers, telling how the world’s first smart belt was going to be unveiled at CES.

But we didn’t create an advertisement. We took time to tell the client’s story. In addition to those two TV segments with NBC News, our approach led to influential placements with Wired Magazine, USA Today, AdWeek and others.

How MACIAS PR can Help your Brand

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About MACIAS PR

MACIAS PR is based in Midtown Manhattan. It serves clients in technology, healthcare, digital health, financial, politics and the nonprofit sectors.

The founder, Mark Macias, is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. His media experience provides the firm with an insider’s perspective on how news stories are placed. Macias is author of the business book Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media and frequent contributor with CNBC and The Daily Caller where he gives PR, media and crisis advice on timely business and political stories.

Finance Monthly and ACQ5 5 – an international industry award – named Macias PR the 2017 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, and PR Firm of the Year – USA. This was the third year in a row that Finance Monthly recognized our firm. The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He is also a PR contributor with CNBC, providing media analysis, insight and crisis advice on timely business topics.

Want to Reach Millennials? Here’s How MACIAS PR did it with a recent campaign

Millennials are now the largest consumer group in the US, with more than 75.4 million members. It’s no wonder brands and companies want to target them. They set emerging trends and with their growing economic clout, Millennials will become a more influential consumer based.

We recently secured a media placement for a dating app startup that wanted to reach millennial women. But it wasn’t just any Millennial publication. Nearly 80 million readers turn to Bustle for information and conversation around the interests and issues women deal with today.

This media placement was targeted and effective, leading to thousands of new downloads for our client. It positioned our client as more innovative than other dating apps, with a more personalized approach

So how did MACIAS PR secure this influential and targeted media placement?

Targeted PR Placements with Influential Publications

We can all relate to the struggles that come with being single and dating around. But young, single millennials – especially those who read Bustle – certainly relate to them a little more.

PR is best for business when the execution is perfectly targeted.

MACIAS PR doesn’t spray random reporters and pray for a response. We are targeted with our approach and always thinking of fresh angles to position our clients in the news. This is why we specifically chose to pitch our client to Bustle – and secure them a placement.

If you’re looking for an edge in business, reach out to me. We can schedule a call and discuss your goals.

About MACIAS PR

MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by Mark Macias – a former Executive Producer with NBC, Senior Producer with CBS in New York and author of the business book, “Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media.” He’s a contributor for CNBC and The Daily Caller, giving PR, media analysis and crisis advice on timely business and political stories.

MACIAS PR offers a wide range of services, including publicity, branding and crisis PR campaigns for tech start-ups, healthcare/health tech companies, asset management firms, politicians, financial groups, trade organizations, Internet retailers, nonprofits and service sector industries.

Finance Monthly and ACQ5 5 – an international industry award – named Macias PR the 2017 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, and PR Firm of the Year – USA. This was the third year in a row that Finance Monthly recognized our firm. The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He is also a PR contributor with CNBC, providing media analysis, insight and crisis advice on timely business topics.

Why Press Releases Aren’t Enough for Media Attention

Yes, you read that title right.

While a press release can help get an achievement or update on the record — and is great for content marketing — it is less likely to lead to attention from the media.

Here’s why: Reporters, producers, editors and journalists aren’t turning to PR Newswire for story ideas. Plus, they know press releases are a more sophisticated approach to advertising.

Every successful media campaign will require a media outreach. PR Newswire sources might tell you that your press release will reach reporters, but that is very misleading based on my experience as an Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York

A great PR approach understands the value in reaching out to reporters via email, phone calls, social media – or even texts. Pitching directly to media is especially important for smaller businesses, including startups.

The PR Rules at MACIAS PR and Dealing with the Media

While it’s true that there are no rules when it comes to media coverage, there are guidelines our team at MACIAS PR continually follow for our PR strategy. They include: identifying unique angles and characters needed for the story, and pitching stories internally before we reach out to media. Not to mention, we focus our PR strategy mostly on editorial principles that news organizations follow.

Ultimately, a prominent feature in a targeted publication is better than any press release. Do you want to hear how MACIAS PR can leverage your customers or clients directly to the media? Send us a note and we’ll schedule a strategy call. Or, if you want a PR estimate, click here.

Finance Monthly and ACQ5 5 – an international industry award – named Macias PR the 2017 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, and PR Firm of the Year – USA. This was the third year in a row that Finance Monthly recognized our firm. The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He is also a PR contributor with CNBC, providing media analysis, insight and crisis advice on timely business topics.

Best PR Firms Dive Deeper for the Story

By Mark Macias

I recently read that we’ve explored less than five percent of the ocean. It reminds me of an old journalism saying that real news is what people want to hide, and everything else is publicity.

At MACIAS PR, we believe that real news and publicity can work together. When the timely, editorial angle is focused around the client, publicity can turn into real news.

This is why we dive deeper than other PR firms, searching for the strongest news peg. We want to uncover that 5 percent of the ocean that hasn’t been explored yet.

The best story ideas lead to media placements

From TV shows to online publishers, the best publications and programmers understand that quality and insightful stories attract viewers and readers.

This understanding of programming is a huge factor behind the consistent coverage that MACIAS PR secures for our clients.

During my time as an Executive Producer with NBC, I oversaw Special Projects programming that played a pivotal role in ratings. In simple terms, I was in charge of generating ideas that would keep NBC #1 in news. That creative story generation is still being put to use – only now we share it with our clients.

Many business owners and marketers wrongly believe that who you know leads to coverage. Unfortunately, that’s not the case when it comes to PR. You can have the best contacts in the media, but if you don’t have insightful and enlightening ideas, your story will never gain traction with the media.

This is why MACIAS PR is built on stories first. Every morning, our team is brainstorming on new angles to position our clients on the news. We have a methodical formula that ensures every client’s campaign is leading the news agenda.

So the next time you’re researching PR firms, or interviewing PR reps for help, ask them to tell you a good story. Was it insightful or enlightening? If you weren’t moved, it’s highly likely that a journalist won’t be moved either.

About MACIAS PR

MACIAS PR is based in Midtown Manhattan. It serves clients in technology, healthcare, digital health, financial, politics and the nonprofit sectors.

The founder of the firm, Mark Macias, is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. His media experience provides the firm with an insider’s perspective on how news stories are placed. Macias is author of the business book Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media and frequent contributor with CNBC and The Daily Caller where he gives PR, media and crisis advice on timely business and political stories.

MACIAS PR, which was founded in 2009, offers a wide range of services, including publicity, media outreach, introduction to journalists, messaging, social media, video production, crisis communications and original content for blogs/newsletters.