By Mark Macias
There are many mistakes you can make while running a public relations campaign. Fortunately, most of these mistakes can be overcome and corrected as long as you identify them early.
But, there is one PR mistake you can rarely fix and when it happens, an entire media placement is effectively worthless.
What is the biggest mistake: when a reporter misspells, or worse, doesn’t include the name of your business in the story.
This is why you need to always – repeat – always reinforce the name of your business with a reporter throughout the interview. In addition, you should also be continually dropping the name of your business throughout the reporter interview.
Why Name Dropping Your Business Matters
I helped get a friend on a local TV show in Phoenix and it was a great segment. He was positioned as an expert in his field, but the TV station never put his name or business name on the screen.
He could have avoided this error on live TV if he would have dropped the name of his business at the end of his live segment.
Remember, reporters and producers move at warp speed. Minutes matter in print. Seconds count in TV. Decrease the chances of your name getting lost by taking control of the interview and sprinkling the name of your business throughout the interview.
Mark Macias is a former Executive Producer with WNBC, Senior Producer with WCBS and author of the book, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media. You can read more on his public relations agency at MaciasPR.