What is Public Relations? FAQ on how PR Works

What is public relations? It’s one of the most popular questions we continually hear from business owners when we talk shop.

Public relations is one of the most efficient and strategic ways to get your story in front of customers. It introduces your story, product and service directly to potential clients via the media. It’s also more affordable than advertising.

How is PR different from Advertising?

Public relations is not advertising. You can’t buy a news story with the media. Yes, you can buy “sponsored” posts with the media, but that’s really just a commercial put in words. More important, when your advertising budget is over, say goodbye to your “sponsored” post. However, with PR, your story stays on the media website long after your PR budget is over.

PR can also help improve your brand in the media. PR specialists are frequently the front line of defense against crises linked to legal problems, technical difficulties and perhaps even natural disasters. Public relations involves a wide selection of tactics and strategies. So how is MACIAS PR better than other PR firms?

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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.

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How Top Tech PR Firms Help Reach Targeted Audience

It’s great to have a product or service 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.

Just recently, we secured a profile story on our Congressional client on People en Español. This wasn’t just any media placement with the Spanish media – it was one that was extremely targeted and strategic on our end.

Our Congressional client wanted to reach the Latinx community so that she could introduce her brand to them. This is why we created a unique profile story on her and reached out to reporters with the largest Spanish readership in the US  – People en Español  – which reaches 7.1 million Latinx readers every month. 

This media placement is a perfect example of how our team works to secure targeted press coverage. We consistently introduce our clients to the public, getting their story told to the consumers they specifically want to reach. 

Even though our stories vary by industry, we never push promotional material to reporters. It’s a critical differentiator that separates MACIAS PR from other PR firms. We only sell the news story that positions our client in the center of it. 

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Why PR Agencies Must Connect the Dots with Every PR Campaign

The best PR firms connect the dots.

Most PR firms like to spray and pray, or blindly send “pitch blasts” to reporters. But these approaches to securing publicity for a client don’t work. Why? Because it’s essentially leaving it up to luck for reporters to write your story. 

It’s like using a shotgun to hit your target, instead of a sniper rifle. That’s why at MACIAS PR, we always uses the right weapon to hit our target.

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Best PR Agencies Know How to Tell your Story to the Media

You’ll never hear the story if you can’t find the book. It’s no different with the media. 

Reporters are constantly bombarded with pitches and ideas. Their inboxes are full of publicists and PR firms wanting to get their clients’ stories told to consumers. 

But these publicists and PR firms aren’t strategic in getting their message in front of the right reporters. They spray and pray – a tactic that’s sure to fail.

This is why If you want your story in the media, you need to be strategic in getting your message in front of the right reporters. This is what our team does every day at MACIAS PR – and it’s why we deliver such quality results. 

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Location Matters when Searching for Best PR Firms

Are you looking for the top local PR firms in your city? Or maybe, you think a PR agency on the West Coast is better for your business. If you’re looking for national exposure, you will need to pivot and take a closer look at New York City.

It’s true that publicists can pitch reporters from anywhere. However, PR firms on the East Coast generally have an advantage with the national media. Why? Because location matters when it comes to the media – and New York CIty is the media capital of the world. 

Local PR Firms vs National PR Firms

The national news and tech outlets – from TV to print – largely run on East Coast time. Editorial meetings start at 9am EST – a time when most West Coast publicists are still asleep, or just getting out of bed. 

The best PR firms are also on top of the news cycle. When the news cycle is established in the morning, publicists on the same time zone have more time to position your brand or business into the news cycle while it’s still fresh. 

If you look closely at the photo above, MACIAS PR is positioned right in the center of the media capital of the world – right next to the Empire State Building. Our location in the heart of New York City didn’t happen coincidentally. It was strategic, and plays a critical factor behind the success of our firm.

We work closely with our clients to develop the strongest narrative that is newsworthy and ignites intrigue with journalists and consumers not just in New York City, but around the world. Considering PR for your brand or business? Head over to FreePRQuote.com to receive an estimate on your next PR campaign.

About MACIAS PR

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.

MACIAS PR – Our Consistent Track Record with Media Placements

How many PR firms can say they secure stories for their clients every day of the week? Well MACIAS PR can say it.

In the last week, MACIAS PR secured publicity for our clients on local and national TV, as well as in print.

On Monday, PIX 11 in New York City shot a TV segment on our digital health client. That same day, our team also got our political client on CNN.  Two days earlier, WNBC ran a story on our other digital health client. Oh, we can’t forget our nonprofit client who has been with us for more than 2 years. That organization appeared in the largest newspaper in St. Louis.

MACIAS PR in the News

Over the summer, our in-house team built a mobile app for fun that tells New Yorkers where to go for entertainment. News 12 Brooklyn ran a TV segment on our mobile app, Brooklyn Bound. Two different Brooklyn newspapers also published features on the app and interviewed our founder, Mark Macias.

Sometimes, you need to live in the moment and reflect on the good times. This was a good week for MACIAS PR and all of our PR partners who inspire us everyday to look for new ways to get them on the news. Want to see what we can do for you? Message us in the

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 contributor with CNBC and author of the books, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media and the Tao of PR.

Paid Sponsored Posts – Are they worth it?

There’s a digital marketing trend taking place that involves sponsored posts.

More brands are buying sponsored stories or posts with targeted news outlets, like Men’s Health, hoping to give the allusion that the media is writing about them.

On the surface, the intent is to fool consumers into believing the publication is endorsing your product or service with a favorable story. But does it work?

First off, a sponsored post, also known as a promoted post or promoted story is essentially an advertisement. There is no independent journalist writing the story from an objective perspective. Instead, the company approves the story copy and message.

But how good is a story – sponsored or not – if no one sees it?

Sponsored Posts are not Discoverable

If you dig deeper with sponsored posts, you will see they don’t appear anywhere near the pages where consumers browse. Sponsored posts are published in different news sections that are usually not discoverable. In simple terms, the story is not on the home page, or news sections where consumers are exploring and reading. Sponsored stories are buried with other unread content.

Yes, sponsored posts are discoverable by Google, but think about it: If a consumer is Googling your product or service, they already know about your brand. What good is a sponsored post if it’s buried in a section that consumers don’t see?

Compare this in contrast to earned media where the story does appear on the home page and is very visible to consumers. A news feature written by a journalist is  placed in a high-traffic section that consumers will see. It also doesn’t come with a transparency clause that tells consumers you paid for the placement.

Most news publications clearly state that the content is sponsored – like the above sponsored post with Men’s Health demonstrates.

How do Sponsored Posts compare to Earned Media?

But probably the strongest argument against buying sponsored posts boils down to budget – and how well it works for you. All sponsored posts are removed when an advertising budget ends. That doesn’t happen with earned media. Real news stories stay up – long after your PR campaign ends. The dollar cost average decreases over time, making your PR campaign more affordable than any sponsored post.

Digital trends come and go. Content marketing is not new and these sponsored posts will continue to grow in saturation as newsrooms shrink in size. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely your brand will grow with this trend, especially after your advertising budget ends and you have nothing left to show for it.

That’s right – when your content marketing budget is over – say goodbye to those stories and any marketing budget you placed to get them.

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 contributor with CNBC and author of the books, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media and the Tao of PR.

How B2B PR Firms can Develop Quality Business Leads

Many B2B businesses wrongly believe that PR is just for consumer-facing products. It’s not. An effective public relations campaign can help your business develop quality leads and at a fraction of the cost.

The best PR agencies develop strategies that are aligned with your goals. MACIAS PR has launched and executed several B2B media campaigns that introduced a product and services to targeted enterprises.

A recent campaign helped introduce a digital health service to HR professionals. The article educated HR professionals on how a government-supported wellness program could lower their healthcare costs. The story also explained how the program could help employees become healthier and boost morale with the program. And for those HR professionals who didn’t know about the program, the article explained how it works and how to participate in the program via our client.

The article, which you can read  by clicking here, introduced this B2B company to more than 240,000 Human Resource professionals, according to their website. That’s more effective than sending out 200,000 emails to potential clients. The publication did the selling for this client.

PR as a Marketing Strategy in B2B Sectors

Business frequently turns to advertising for marketing initiatives. Yes, advertisements can reach your targeted customers but so can PR. Content is still king in the media and if your business has a good story to sell, the best PR firms will be able to get you exposure.

You can also work with your PR firm to align the message and outlet so it fits with your brand. HR Advisor was a perfect match for this client because its readers are potential customers of this program.

The legitimacy of the publication also gives readers a feeling of trust. HR Advisor has been around for more than 30 years and serves more than 90 percent of the Fortune 500. So the next time you are analyzing your ad buy budget for trade publications, ask yourself: do you pick up the publication for the ads or the content?

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 contributor with CNBC and author of the books, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media and the Tao of PR.

How to Measure an Effective PR Campaign

By Mark Macias

How do you measure the performance of an effective PR firm? It’s a question I hear a lot from potential clients. There are several traditional ways to evaluate the performance of your PR agency, and you can read more on that with this blog on How to Measure the ROI of PR. If you’re short on time, the CliffsNotes are below:

  • Number of Media Placements
  • Demographics and Reader base for those Media Outlets
  • Increased Credibility, which Helps Close Sales;
  • Actual Sales, which can be measured through links published in news stories or through Analytics.
  • Improved SEO – since search engines use news stories and blogger stories to measure the value of a website.

But there is another way to measure the ROI of PR that is frequently overlooked. It’s more difficult to quantify than any Google Analytics Report but according to researchers out of Motista – a consumer intelligence analytics firm – it’s actually more persuasive and leads to higher revenue for brands. This is where the art of PR contrasts with the science of data.

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