Profile on our Founder – Mark Macias

A popular entrepreneur publication – The Native Society Magazine  – recently profiled the founder of MACIAS PR – Mark Macias. Their editor asked some thoughtful questions on the PR industry, emerging trends and where the firm finds inspiration.

It’s not easy coming up with new story angles on a daily basis, yet MACIAS PR continually does that. It’s one of the reasons why we were just named the 2019 Strategic PR Firm of the Year by marketing peers. It’s the third year in a row that we were honored with it.

Here’s some excerpts from the interview.

Your most difficult moment at the Business? (and what did you learn?)

When I left CBS, let me just say it was not a friendly goodbye. I wrote a book, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media, and CBS accused me of revealing insider secrets. It’s a long story, but when I left CBS, I didn’t have a golden parachute. But I did have a laptop, invaluable experience with the media, and a stronger desire to succeed. I was still hungry even after careers with NBC and CBS in high profile roles. That energy took me through those poor times when I was eating cold pizza and freezing in my apartment because the heating was so expensive. But I plowed through – and I learned that if you are talented and work hard, you will succeed over time if you combine that with perseverance.

Career advice to those in your industry?

I had a call this morning with a former TV reporter who is leaving the industry. He’s thinking about transitioning to PR. I said – it’s tough. It’s tough going from network TV to local TV because the pace is so much faster. Many TV producers find it difficult to transition from network to local TV because of the pace and daily grind. It’s similar with PR and agency work. You are constantly pushing a client to the media, selling a reporter, speaking with new potential clients, assuring current clients. It’s emotional, but I think if you genuinely love people, you will love the connection that comes with PR.

You can read more of this interview with Mark Macias by clicking here. Want to see how this experience inside the media can help your business grow? Click here to get a PR estimate or click on the green button at the bottom to schedule a call with Mark.

Press Release for Political Poll for Congressional Candidate

MACIAS PR recently conducted a political poll that surveyed voters on issues that are most important to them in Illinois’ Seventh Congressional District. Here’s a closer look at the press release that went out that detailed this poll. Want to hear more on how we can poll voters in your area? Reach out to us by clicking here.

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New Congressional Poll Reveals Half of Democratic Voters in the District Believe Rep. Danny Davis Should Be Fired

The New York political consulting firm, MACIAS PR, has released the first political poll for Illinois’ Seventh Congressional District, revealing more than half of all Democratic voters believe Rep. Danny Davis should be fired. The poll also found 77 percent of registered Democratic voters are concerned over the source of Rep. Davis’ campaign funds.

The phone poll was conducted November 11th-21st and has a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percent. The Seventh Congressional District encompasses all of downtown Chicago going south to West Englewood, north to Old Town, east to the lake, and west through Garfield Park, Austin, Oak Park, and extending to Hillside.

Registered voters across Illinois’ 7th Congressional District were also asked about the most important issue to them in this election: 49 percent cited healthcare; 27 percent cited education, and 24 percent said criminal justice reform.

The most important issue varied by age. Healthcare was the most important concern for Baby Boomers and Generation X, while education was the top priority for Generation Z, Millennials and the Silent Generation.

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Media Strategy – Getting Stories on the News – Best PR Tactics

MACIAS PR recently published a social media post that showed Lower Manhattan through a different lense. It ignited a conversation in our office on why most PR firms fail when it comes to media strategy.

Strategy is a popular word in business, but in the media, it’s really over-used. Everyone claims to have a strategy, but few PR firms are able to capitalize on that thought process like MACIAS PR. And you want to know why? It boils down to our  perspective from inside the news room.

The founder of MACIAS PR grew up in the media. He didn’t grow up in PR like most public relations executives. In fact, most public relations founders pitched Mark Macias at some point in their career.

But this isn’t about the past. This post is about the present and how that perspective can help your business grow. MACIAS PR has a deep understanding in how editorial is created. We’ve worked with reporters at the local and national level – in TV, print and online.  Even today, many freelance journalists are a part of our team.

It’s one of the reasons why MACIAS PR was recently named the 2019 Strategic PR Firm of the Year. Our unobstructed view of the media helped us secure stories for our clients in 2019 with all of the big news organizations.

How much does PR cost?

PR is not easy. If your PR team is running into brick walls, reach out to us for a free PR estimate by clicking here. We’ll break down the chain link fence and give you a detailed picture on how we will take your firm to the top of the Manhattan skyline, positioning your brand as the industry leader.

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 Named 2019 Strategic PR Firm of the Year

​The ACQ5 Global Awards has announced the top tech and healthcare public relations firm, MACIAS PR, has been named the 2019 Strategic PR Firm of the Year by marketing and industry peers.

The global award is based on an independent analysis of marketing and industry professionals who evaluate media deliverables, expertise and innovation in public relations and digital marketing.

In 2019, MACIAS PR led media and branding campaigns for clients in digital health, technology, biotech, politics, e-commerce and the nonprofit sectors. Those media campaigns led to prominent features for their clients with the NBC Today Show, Washington Post, USA Today, ABC News, Wired, TechCrunch, People Magazine, CNN, New York Times, Politico and others.

This is the third year in a row that MACIAS PR was recognized by the ACQ5 Global Awards. In 2017 and 2016,  Finance Monthly also named MACIAS PR the Financial PR Firm of the Year and the PR Consultant Firm of the Year in 2015.

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Who is Noom’s PR Firm? A Case Study for MACIAS PR

By Mark Macias

In the summer of 2016, few consumers had heard of Noom. It was a 7-year-old digital health company that was struggling to find its place in a crowded weight loss space. Fast forward to 2019, and you will see their brand everywhere. Their weight loss program has been on CNBC, People Magazine, CNN, the NBC Today Show, Men’s Health – to name a few.

In fact, you can probably name any big news organization, and MACIAS PR likely has a media placement to showcase for this campaign. (The Washington Post, Women’s Fitness Magazine, Politico, New York Post, Fast Company Magazine, TechCrunch, Yahoo News, International Business Times, CBS News, and local TV in multiple markets).

(In the B2B sector, MACIAS PR  secured stories on Noom with The American Journal of Managed Care, Mobihealthnews, Fierce Biotech, FW Pharma, M Health Intelligence, Med City News and others. We also secured stories with the Spanish and Korean media).

But before MACIAS PR started working with Noom, the digital health company had little media exposure. Noom’s previous PR firm – one of the country’s largest healthcare PR firms – secured only 4 media placements during their contract. That’s right – FOUR. And they weren’t even big outlets: MedCityNews, HIT, News.com.au and Tech.co.

Meantime, MACIAS PR averaged 7.8 media placements over the course of our 3-year PR partnership. The MACIAS PR boutique firm out-hussled the big guys on this campaign, like we do with all of our clients.

Making this campaign even more challenging, MACIAS PR secured these media placements with little guidance from the client. Yes, I worked closely with the founders, trying to identify story angles that were news worthy. But Noom didn’t have a marketing department or CMO for much of our partnership. That meant we had to drive the strategy and focus for each campaign.

And we succeeded. MACIAS PR helped the company become one of the most Googled brands in 2018; we helped raise their profile for fundraising rounds; Our work helped our client win numerous awards following strategic campaigns, including listings as the Best Place to Work.

It’s media campaigns like Noom’s that led marketing peers to name MACIAS PR the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Strategic PR Firm of the Year. It’s a strategy based on editorial, creativity, persistence, and precise execution that only a media insider would know.

Here’s a closer look at what this boutique PR firm – MACIAS PR – did for Noom and how we can achieve similar results for your digital health or tech company.

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Digital Tool to Help Congressional Candidates with Publicity

The top tech public relations firm, MACIAS PR, has updated The Publicity App to include interactive features to help politicians improve their chances of getting on the local news.

Political strategist and former journalist, Mark Macias, says The Publicity App will give political candidates a new digital tool to help them identify news angles for local reporters.

Macias, who is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York, originally developed the mobile app for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

“MACIAS PR is working with Democratic candidates across the US, but not every campaign can afford to hire a top political PR firm,” said Macias. “The Publicity App was designed for these smaller campaigns that need help with publicity but don’t know where to begin.”

The Publicity App features six campaign strategies to help politicians who need help raising money or telling their story to the local media. They include:

  • Political Publicity
  • Story Telling
  • Crisis Management
  • Political Fundraising
  • Online and SEO Campaign
  • Event Promotion

The Publicity App is free to download on iOS and Android. It also includes a personalized calculator that gives PR Estimates to political candidates who are curious how much a campaign will cost for their campaign. The Publicity App will deliver a customized PR proposal – complete with cost – after a PR estimate is requested.

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MACIAS PR – 10 Year Anniversary Getting Clients on the News

The tech and healthcare public relations firm, MACIAS PR, is celebrating 10 years of business, growing from a boot-strapped agency into an award-winning full-service public relations firm.

Over the last ten years, MACIAS PR has led media and branding campaigns for clients in technology, healthcare/digital health, finance, politics and the nonprofit sectors. Their clients have ranged from boot-strapped startups with no messaging in place to established companies with international brand recognition.

In 2015, MACIAS PR won its first industry award when Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the PR Consultant Firm of the Year; In 2016 and 2017, Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the Financial PR Firm of the Year based on the firm’s media deliverables and expertise; And in 2017 and 2018, marketing peers named MACIAS PR the Strategic PR Firm of the Year, awarding it the ACQ5 Global Award in public relations.

The founder, Mark Macias, started the firm after an extensive career with NBC, CBS, American Journal, KTVK and The Arizona Republic. He was Executive Producer with NBC, Senior Producer with CBS in New York, and Investigative Producer with the nationally syndicated TV program, American Journal. Macias started his journalism career with the Arizona Republic and KTVK-TV 3 in Phoenix. He’s also the author of the business book, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media, and a contributor with CNBC.

“Potential clients and competitors always try to figure out how we succeed on such a large scale,” said Macias. “Journalism is at the root of our strategy. Our firm continues to dig deeper, searching for the best angles to position our clients in the news. We won’t promote fluff or engage in hyperbole. Instead, we look at the timely news cycle and find ways to position our clients in it.”

Macias credits that editorial approach with helping his firm secure prominent media placements with the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, New York Times, Bloomberg and others.

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MACIAS PR Releases Q3 Media Report, Detailing Coverage for Clients

​​​​The top tech and healthcare PR firm —​ MACIAS PR — has released its third-quarter publicity report, detailing the media coverage secured by the agency from July to September 2019.

In the third quarter, MACIAS PR secured prominent news placements with Newsweek, Forbes, New York Times, Washington PostPeople en Espanol, Channel 11 in New York, NBC in New York, News 12 in New York City, Cheddar and other news sites.

The founder of the firm, Mark Macias, said this latest media report reinforces how his PR agency delivers faster and better results than other agencies.

“If you go back and look at our Q1 and Q2 reports for 2019 — or previous years — you will see similar results,” said Macias. “Our PR firm consistently delivers solid media placements with the most influential news organizations. This quarter, MACIAS PR had a trifecta with stories in the New York Times, Washington Post and Newsweek for our latest political client.”

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How Public Relations can Help Develop New Business

There’s a popular question we frequently hear from business owners: How can public relations grow my business, and how do I measure it?

A successful PR campaign must be targeted to the right audience for the best results. A public relations campaign that is focused around business development should always target publications that your customers read.

This is one of the strategies that MACIAS PR takes with every campaign. We are driven by results that delivery metrics that your business needs.

One of the first questions we ask potential clients is – what is the purpose of this PR campaign? The answer will help us develop an effective strategy that gets your product or service in front of customers.

So how can PR help you close sales?

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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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