Why the Best PR Firms Look Beyond Press Releases

The best PR firms don’t just stick to press releases with the media. Yes, press releases can help get an achievement, promotion or update on the record — and is great for content marketing. However, press releases are less likely to lead to attention or coverage from the media.

Why, you ask? PR Newswire isn’t where reporters, journalists or producers turn to for story ideas. They see right through press releases and know that they’re simply a different  — more sophisticated — form of advertising. 

This is why every successful media campaign requires a media outreach. This means manually researching and pitching reporters, journalists, producers and editors that would be interested in your story. 

MACIAS PR consistently secures coverage for our clients because we understand 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. 

These guidelines include: identifying unique angles; finding characters needed for the story; and pitching stories internally before we reach out to media. Oh, and not to mention, we focus our PR strategy mostly on editorial principles that news organizations follow thanks to my experience as a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York.

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 quick message and we’ll schedule a strategy call. Or, if you want a free PR estimate in less than 48 hours, click here.


Marketing peers named MACIAS PR the 2017 and 2018 Strategic PR Firm of the Year. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the Financial PR Firm of the Year. The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He’s also a frequent contributor with CNBC and author of the books, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media and The Tao of PR.