MACIAS PR – Why We Deliver Better Results

                               

MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. Journalists and marketing peers consistently rank MACIAS PR as one of the best PR Agencies based on our results.

Over the years, MACIAS PR has launched publicity, media and branding campaigns for companies from all industries. We’ve worked with boot-strapped startups as well as established international brands, securing publicity with the most influential news publications. We have client case studies in several industries, detailing these campaigns.

Our clients always work with an experienced media strategist who knows from the inside how to get stories on the news. We never pawn you off to a junior account executive. And as a boutique PR firm, our communications process is streamlined, while our execution is hyper-focused.

We’ve secured big stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, People Magazine, NPR, CNN, local TV and influential online Millennial publications, like Cheddar. (Here’s a closer look at our 2019 Annual Report that details the media coverage we secured for our clients).

PR and Industry Awards – Earned by MACIAS PR

Marketing peers named MACIAS PR the Strategic PR Firm of the Year for three years in a row – 2017, 2018 and 2019. As part of the selection process, marketing and PR professionals reviewed the media campaigns promoted by our firm. More than 80,000 digital marketing, PR agencies 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 publication reviewed our media deliverables, expertise and innovation in PR as a prerequisite for the award. 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.

 

MACIAS PR Celebrates 11 Years of Growth in Public Relations & Marketing

Over the years, MACIAS PR has grown from a small cubicle with no clients into an award-winning strategic PR and digital marketing firm that works with clients across the healthcare, finance, tech and the nonprofit sectors. It’s also won numerous awards and accolades from both journalists and industry peers.

Marketing peers named MACIAS PR the 2017, 2018 and 2019 “Strategic PR Firm of the Year,” honoring it with the ACQ5 Global Awards. The award is based on the firm’s media and marketing strategy. In 2017 and 2016, journalists with Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the “Financial PR Firm of the Year” based on the firm’s media strategy, deliverables, expertise and innovation in PR. In 2015, Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the “PR Consultant Firm of the Year.”

The History of MACIAS PR

MACIAS PR was founded on June 1st, 2009 by Mark Macias, a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He founded the firm during the Great Recession when many businesses were failing.

Since then, the agency’s clients have appeared in the biggest news publications in the world, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Good Morning America, The Daily Mail in the UK, The Financial Times and USA Today. MACIAS PR has also secured media placements in other languages, including Spanish, Korean, Portuguese and Russian news publications.

Today, Macias is a frequent contributor with Forbes, giving readers advice on business, strategy and messaging. You can read some of his thought leadership here. Macias is also a popular PR and branding expert with major media publications, including CNBCthe Washington Post and entertainment publications.

The Editorial and Strategy Behind MACIAS PR

At MACIAS PR, every client works directly with the founder of the firm. Macias says it’s like having an Executive Producer on your team, Identifying the best news angles for your business.

“The owner of every business always treat his clients and customers better than any sales guy,” said Macias. “It’s no different with MACIAS PR. We put our clients’ goals first and out-think the competition when it comes to strategy and execution. Our competitive streak shows when it comes to selling stories to the media. We fight for stories and don’t give up.”

Macias predicts his firm will continue to grow but will never lose the personal touch that makes every client personal.

“MACIAS PR is not quite a teenager, and that’s a good thing” said Macias. “We’re not lazy or worried about how we look, like most teens. We just want to make our clients proud. This PR firm will grow based on our media deliverables but our personal interaction with clients and reporters will never change.”

If you’d like a customized strategy, feel free to message Mark here, or get a free PR estimate by clicking here.

Forbes Editorial – 3 Tactics for Standing out from Noise

By Mark Macias

It’s never easy standing out from the noise in a cluttered space, but if you’re going to survive as a startup, you have to figure out this formula fast. Otherwise, your business, product or new technology might never have a chance to catch on with the masses.

I recently wrote an editorial for Forbes –Three Tactics For Standing Out From The Startup Noise. You can click on that link to read but here is abridged version of that article if you’re struggling to stand out as a startup.

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New Survey – What Motivates Consumers to Buy

The online survey was conducted July 15-16th, and involved more than 2,000 Americans who answered questions detailing the best approach to get them to buy new products.

A staggering 70 percent of survey participants said TV commercials no longer influence them to buy products. Roughly 45 percent said positive online consumer reviews and positive stories on the news influence them the most when it comes to buying a new product or service.

The CEO of MACIAS PR, Mark Macias, said his agency conducted the survey to gain better insight on where consumers are paying attention.

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5 Mistakes Leaders Make with Reporters – Forbes Analysis

By Mark Macias

I recently wrote a story for Forbes, outlining 5 mistakes I frequently see leaders make with reporters. CEOs are traditionally articulate and great with the gift of gab, but when it comes to their interaction with the media, I’ve frequently observed many of the leaders make the same mistake.

It’s a shame because it’s not easy getting interviews with reporters. PR firms have to work very hard to land the pre-interview, and you typically only get one shot. Over the summer, our team secured a 20-minute phone interview with a FOX News anchor. I worked with the CEO closely, gave him a briefing document and was on the call, trying to keep it focused. Still, at the end of the phone call, the anchor told the CEO point-blank: I don’t know what this story is now.

Here is an abridged version of the article I wrote for Forbes. You can read it more in-depth by clicking here. Continue reading “5 Mistakes Leaders Make with Reporters – Forbes Analysis”

2-Year Research – Obstacles Women of Color Face Pursuing Tech Careers

By Mark Macias

Here’s an example of a press release that puts 2 years of research into context. The story was covered by multiple media outlets.

The report supported by the Citi Foundation, Breaking Through, Rising Up: Strategies for Propelling Women of Color in Technology, interviewed and surveyed more than 1,000 tech executives, board advisors and NPower alumni to quantify and qualify how the tech industry views women of color and the barriers women face.

The data driven report highlights the challenges and opportunities that emerge from investing in women of color from low-to-moderate income communities. It also sheds new light on the industry fact that less than 10 percent of all tech professionals are women of color. Continue reading “2-Year Research – Obstacles Women of Color Face Pursuing Tech Careers”

How to Maintain Your Leadership Position – Forbes Editorial

By Mark Macias

I recently wrote a story for Forbes on how to maintain your leadership in business. Your business might be in front now, but any event or disruptor can change your position quickly.

My editorial contains three mantras for maintaining your leadership position.  The insight is based on my time working closely with industry leaders, as well startups striving to become leaders in their space. You can read more of my thought leadership in Forbes by clicking here.

Disruption doesn’t happen overnight.

There’s a cliche in business that disruption can happen overnight. I don’t see it that way. Yes, a new technology can disrupt a business model after it’s introduced and adopted, but that doesn’t take into account the lead-up to developing the technology and time for market penetration. This is why I don’t suggest looking at your competitors when it comes to identifying potential threats to your leadership position. Instead, look toward the hungry startups that are underground right now.

Don’t have a backup plan to failing.

In business, we always need a back-up plan to our back-up plan. It’s a fact of life. But that’s different from having a backup plan to closing the doors for good. Most budding entrepreneurs confront this at some time in their life. I, too, did it in the early years of this PR firm. From my perspective, creativity and ingenuity helped my firm develop (what I believe) is a more efficient and effective business model for PR. I knew there was no backup plan to closing the doors.

Make sure you and your team are happy and healthy.

The entrepreneurial life can be lonely and exhausting. It’s not easy to prioritize your wellness and stay smiling when you’re seeing a spreadsheet that shows red.

I’ve also noticed how these entrepreneurs considered their health and well-being a priority. That’s not always easy when you’re living on the road or working late. Yet somehow, every one of these entrepreneurs found the will and the time to stay healthy and even motivate others.

About MACIAS PR

MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by Mark Macias – a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. The top tech and healthcare PR firm uses strategies that stem from his background inside the media.

What to Look for When Hiring a Publicist – Forbes Advice

By Mark Macias

I recently wrote a thought leadership editorial for Forbes on what you should look for when hiring a publicist. The advice was based from my time as an Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS when publicists pitched me stories all the time. I got to see up close how most publicists don’t understand how the the media works.

You can the read that thought leadership in Forbes by clicking here. If you’re short on time, here’s an excerpt from that editorial.

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Press Release – Helping Consumers during the Coronavirus

Here’s an example of a press release that helps consumers during tough financial times.

TUCSON, Ariz. – April 7, 2020 – (Newswire.com)- The prescription drug discount program, ScriptSave WellRx, has announced a solution for prescription discounts to help the 10 million Americans who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

The exact number of Americans who lost their prescription coverage isn’t tracked, but the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates roughly 49 percent of the country’s total population gets their health insurance from their employer. Under that estimate, 5 million Americans will need assistance paying for their prescription medications.

Under the WellRx prescription discount program, anyone who goes to WellRx.com and types in the special code – “Relief” – will get a free prescription discount card that can be used at their more than 65,000 pharmacy partners including all major chains. The discount card can be downloaded, emailed or sent via text to any phone with a simple click. There is no need to create an account or sign up for anything. Customers who do create a free account can take advantage of additional app and website features.

Robert Craver, marketing director with ScriptSave WellRx, says these discount card programs, like WellRx.com can save consumers up to 80 percent off the cash prescription price across all major pharmacies. The average consumer saves about 60 percent off prescription prices under the program.

“We know what our customers are feeling right now and we wanted to find a way to help them in this time of need,” said Craver. “Using a discount card, like WellRx will lower the cost of medications and many times the price can be less than what a consumer might have paid under their health insurance plan.” Continue reading “Press Release – Helping Consumers during the Coronavirus”

The One Group of Consumers Every Campaign Should Target – Forbes Editorial

By Mark Macias

I recently wrote a story for Forbes that breaks down a hidden group of consumers that many PR campaigns miss. You can read that Forbes editorial by clicking here. A synopsis of my advice is below.

Everyone has heard of influencers, but have you heard of emotional motivators? They should be at the top of the radar of your public relations strategy, especially if you’re trying to get more consumers on board with your product or service. 

Emotional motivators are a specific group of consumer behavioral patterns — like the need for excitement or attention — that drive decision-making. I define emotional motivators as those who are not shy about expressing their feelings; when they “feel,” everyone around them feels, too. And when they like something, everyone knows it. 

When a PR strategy taps into emotional motivators, you can earn a brand ambassador better than any celebrity spokesperson. In my experience, these motivators help bring a higher return on investment for any PR campaign and increase the chances that your brand will spread via word-of-mouth.

About MACIAS PR

MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by Mark Macias – a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. The top tech and healthcare PR firm uses strategies that stem from his background inside the media.