I just got an email to “Meet the press, face to face, for three hours and demo the latest in tech, consumer or lifestyle products. It’s that easy.” The email continued, “Nearly 350 media attended our most recent NYC holiday event. Yes, 350.”
Oh, PR people make everything sound so easy.
Here’s a better question putting that into perspective. When you attend networking events and meet more than 100 people throughout the event, how many do you actually remember? If your memory is like most people, you probably only connect to 15 people. And as the conference goes by, you’re even less likely to remember who made an impression.
It’s no different with the media. During my time with NBC and CBS, I went to expos and trade shows. People would throw their business cards at me, hoping this one personal connection would lead to publicity. Sorry to break the news, but it doesn’t.
Here’s a better way to get the media interested in your story.
MACIAS PR got our digital health client on CBS 2 yesterday. It’s an example of how we consistently position our clients on the local and national news by identifying timely and interesting angles around our clients.
Many people are exercising outside right now, even when the heat continues to rise. Sure, those sports drinks, like Gatorade, might keep you hydrated but they are full of sugar and calories that in many ways off-set the electrolytes we need.
But what if you could make your own electrolyte drinks at home – and without the sugar and high calories?
The best publicists are always selling stories to reporters and producers, while the biggest PR firms are selling new work. Sales is a required function of both sides of the PR business.
I always tell potential clients, I didn’t grow up selling PR accounts. I grew up in the media, selling stories to journalists – and to the public. Yes, we have to sell business and submit proposals just like all other PR firms, but I don’t want this firm to ever sell accounts, for the sake of selling. I want to help businesses develop and grow their brand.
There are many businesses that aren’t a good fit for PR, and I tell those clients when I don’t think MACIAS PR can help them. I also try to explain why they may have a better alternative for their budget. In a karmic world, it will come back to us.