How to Identify the Best PR Agency for your Business

What is the best PR agency for your organization?

There are objective measures to help you identify the best firm for your business – and it has nothing to do with a firm’s size, revenue, industry or makeup. Here are three questions to help your selection process.

Do you want national media coverage?

With today’s technology, you don’t need to be in any specific city because you can reach reporters from anywhere. However, there are advantages to being on East Coast time.

A publicist on the East Coast has more time to develop angles from overnight developments. It’s not as easy on the West Coast since most publicists are asleep when reporter assignments are handed out (5 am PST). Factor in deadlines, and you can see why people on the West Coast have less than three hours to pitch national news organizations.

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Client Case Study – Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the country’s oldest rehabilitation centers, located in Westchester County outside of New York City. Despite its pristine reputation, getting coverage for hospitals like Burke outside of New York City has historically been difficult. I saw this first-hand during my time as Executive Producer with NBC when I approved story ideas from our health and medical producers and reporters.

Few producers want to travel more than an hour away for a story when they can just as easily interview a physician or medical expert who is only 20 minutes away. This journalism approach makes it harder for health care organizations located outside of NYC to get media coverage. And in today’s world where budgets are getting squeezed, time and travel becomes an even bigger obstacle.

Media Coverage for Rehabilitation Hospital

MACIAS PR led the media campaign for Burke Hospital and our enterprise approach led to prominent media coverage. ABC, Fox, Channel 11, Metro New York and the Wall Street Journal are a few of those media outlets. Our strategy identified angles that were unique for Burke, in essence, forcing journalists to interview the health leaders at Burke.

Our media strategy focused on their internal research, clinical trials and unconventional stories. One successful campaign revolved around a video game developed by Burke researchers to help patients recover from strokes. MACIAS PR also brought new clients to their health club by framing it as an exclusive gym for people over the age of 40.

You can see a more detailed account of our media coverage by clicking here. If you’d like to hear how MACIAS PR can help your organization, you can get a PR estimate by clicking here. Or we can schedule a call.

ABOUT MACIAS PR

Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the 2017-2020 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, and PR Firm of the Year. This was the third year in a row that Finance Monthly recognized our firm. The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He’s a PR contributor with Entrepreneur and Forbes, providing media analysis, insight and crisis advice. City & State Magazine named him a 2024 top Political PR Player in New York.

How Generative AI will Disrupt PR and Media

OpenAI just took another huge leap in content creation with the ability to create videos from text prompts. This is going to dramatically and quickly disrupt the world for content creators, publicists and journalists –  but not in the way you might suspect.

A few years ago, I wrote an article for Forbes that predicted AI wouldn’t replace PR. Generative AI will definitely streamline content creation and steal jobs from creators, but there isn’t enough quality data for AI to create an actual media strategy from scratch. Without quality data, AI doesn’t have the information to create a timely strategy. In the case with news, most data would become outdated with each passing news cycle.

Machine learning is great for analyzing data and predicting behaviors on the macro level, but creating a business or media strategy for most industries requires an intimate knowledge of processes, history, trends and emerging technologies that can expand market share. Machine learning needs that valuable component that is missing in PR and news.

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How the Wrong Media Strategy can Hurt your Business

Selecting the right PR agency can have a long-term positive or adverse impact on your business, so it’s important to do your due diligence. The wrong media strategy can easily set your organization back by 6 months to a year. And here’s how.

The news cycle always puts an emphasis on “new.” If your agency spends 6 months drowning in a narrative that doesn’t get traction, you lost that timely element. This will put your next agency at a disadvantage.

We experienced this with a campaign we ran for a wearable device. The client’s previous PR agency failed to get them coverage at CES. This made our campaign’s more difficult since every reporter asked what was new from the previous year. Despite the obstacles, MACIAS PR still succeeded in getting them on the NBC Today Show, as well with others. (Click here to see that case study)

So how do you identify the best publicist for your business? Here are some common mistakes I’ve seen over the years as both an Executive Producer with NBC and owner of an agency.

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How will Newsroom Layoffs Impact PR?

Stories about newsroom layoffs used to be relegated to trade publications, but these journalism job cuts are now becoming part of the news. If you thought it was hard to place a story with the media before – suit up: it’s going to get even harder.

This new economic landscape is going to require different skills to navigate shrinking newsrooms. Many of the producers and writers you might have relied on in the past might be gone. It’s one of the reasons why I always say media contacts are not a strategy; they are an assist. Journalists know their editorial acumen is under the microscope and all ideas will be scrutinized more in that morning news meeting. No one wants to pitch a story that is half-baked or not ready for coverage.

So how can you adapt to the changing media landscape?

Ensure your story package is complete. Don’t add unnecessary resources or time to a reporter’s job. Make it easy on them. Get that character lined up before you pitch and don’t force the reporter to think about how to frame the story. You might not get additional time for follow-up questions if the reporter is juggling 5 stories at once. The bar to coverage will be lifted and niche stories will be the first to get rejected.

Media Coverage Will Shift Towards Harder News in 2024

I’m also predicting the media will take a shift towards hard news in 2024. With upcoming elections at both the local and national levels, newsrooms will want to run more timely and hard-hitting angles that don’t give any hint of opinion. Soft news stories are the first to get rejected when resources are tight. If your client doesn’t have a hard news angle, look deeper and ask more questions.

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City & State Magazine Names Mark Macias to PR Power List

USA, January 22, 2024 — The award-winning PR agency, MACIAS PR, has announced that City & State Magazine has named its founder Mark Macias to their 2024 Political PR Power List.

City & State Magazine is a premier multimedia news organization that covers New York local and state politics and policy. Every year, the publication recognizes and ranks the top PR agencies and publicists based on the firm’s size, reputation, clients and impact on the New York state political sphere.

In the words from their article, “What unites them is that they all are consummate PR pros.”

Macias is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He founded the agency in 2009 after a successful journalism career at the local and national levels. 

“There are many larger PR agencies on this list, but that’s not who we aim to be,” said Macias. “We have no desire to become the biggest agency with the largest client roster. We just want to be the best PR agency, develop long-term relationships with our clients and deliver consistent results with the media.”

MACIAS PR has led media and branding campaigns for clients across tech, politics, health and nonprofit industries. But places a larger emphasis on health care. Noom, Meru Health, Lifesum, WellRx, Columbia University Medical Center, Burke Hospital and Kilo Health are just a few of their more prominent health tech clients.

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Case Study – Noom Media & Branding Campaign

Back in 2016, the weight loss program Noom had little national name recognition despite being popular with consumers. However, the media tide shifted when MACIAS PR took over their publicity after their previous PR agency failed to deliver.

This case study delves into how MACIAS PR successfully elevated Noom’s presence in the media as a digital health coach.

From the start, our team faced challenges, including the need to differentiate Noom in a crowded weight loss market. Mark Macias, the founder, devised a comprehensive strategy outlining the stories to be told and the media outlets to target.

Within the first month of collaboration, MACIAS PR secured a story with CBS News, highlighting how Noom’s mobile app helped pre-diabetics and diabetics manage their conditions. Over the next three years, this success was followed by hundreds of stories appearing on various major platforms, including NBC Today Show, People Magazine, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, CNBC, PIX 11 in NYC, CNN, Fortune, TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, New York Post, and more.

MACIAS PR also helped expand Noom’s reach with Spanish consumers by placing stories with Telemundo and Univision.

B2B and B2C Media Campaign

Besides the B2C focus, Noom also had a B2B service targeting HR and providers. MACIAS PR developed a tailored B2B strategy that secured features in outlets like MobiHealthNews, The American Journal of Managed Care, Fierce Biotech, FW Pharma, Med City News, among others. All of these stories emphasized how Noom as an employee benefit was saving the companies money from a health care spend perspective.

Measurable Results from Media and Branding Campaign

In 2018 and 2019, Google named Noom one of the top-trending diet terms in their annual “Year in Search Report.” This increased search exposure was a direct result of our media coverage.

Fast Company Magazine also recognized Noom as one of the Interbrand Breakthrough Brands in 2017. Most notable, Noom did not have a Chief Marketing Officer during the entire time we worked together. Our media and branding strategy came from our time working directly with the founders.

Media Exposure Helps with Fundraising

Our media campaign also helped support Noom’s fundraising goals. MACIAS PR conceptualized angles that resonated with reporters and investors, showcasing the digital health company as a top disruptor in health tech.

Despite the challenges of obtaining media coverage for investment rounds, MACIAS PR successfully navigated and ensured Noom received extensive and positive exposure. Our PR team secured media coverage for Noom’s $58 million investment round with outlets like TechCrunch, Fortune, Entrepreneur, and AlleyWatch in 2019.

Media Trained Founders and Spokespeople

Throughout the partnership, Mark Macias media trained the C-suite for all media interviews.

For a more detailed case study, please reach out to us. We can share a more in-depth case study that reveals even more successes from our 3+ year relationship with Noom. You can also get a PR estimate by clicking here.

ABOUT MACIAS PR

Finance Monthly and ACQ5 5 – an international industry award – named MACIAS PR the 2017-2020 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, and PR Firm of the Year. This was the third year in a row that Finance Monthly recognized our firm. The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He is also a PR contributor with Entrepreneur and Forbes, providing media analysis, insight and crisis advice on timely business topics.

MACIAS PR Named Top Political PR Power Player by City & State

MACIAS PR is proud to announce that City & State Magazine has named us to their 2024 Political PR Power list. Their recognition ranks the top PR firms in New York based on their leadership team, prominent clients and recent accomplishments. 

In the words from their article, “What unites them is that they all are consummate PR pros.”

If you read the City & State article, you will see many larger New York-based PR firms and agencies on their list. MACIAS PR is proud to not be the biggest firm listed. I’ve always told my team, we don’t want to be the biggest; we want to be the best. And our track record proves we are committed to that vision.

MACIAS PR has run many publicity and media campaigns for a diverse group of clients over the years. Clients from across the health care/digital health, tech, political, financial and nonprofit space have turned to us for help with their branding. With all of these clients, we secured top tier media placements that helped elevate their brand.

2023 Client Case Study for Nonprofit Organization

One notable client developed over the last 8 years. In 2016, MACIAS PR started working with a little-known nonprofit organization, NPower. At the time, NPower was primarily a regional organization but by 2023, NPower had expanded across the US and into new states. In 2023 alone, the organization launched new programs in San Antonio, Houston, Dayton and Raleigh-Durham.

Our regional media strategy led to prominent news stories with targeted TV, newspapers and online media outlets. You can see that annual media report below for a closer look at our 2023 deliverables.

If you’re a nonprofit or for profit looking for help elevating your brand, feel free to message us to discuss a customized media strategy. We’re always looking for new partners that have a passion for people.

ABOUT MACIAS PR

Marketing peers named MACIAS PR the 2017-2020 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. City & State Magazine named him a PR Political Power Player in New York.

The Value of Characters with Every Media Campaign

You can’t tell a captivating story without great characters, and this WSJ article is proof. If your media campaign isn’t catching on with reporters, perhaps you’re missing that crucial element.

You might have the best product or service but if you can’t demonstrate how it works, your story sell gets a lot harder. And this challenge is compounded when your product promotes an invisible service that consumers can’t see.

Let’s look at this WSJ article for context. The story line is simple: lab grown diamonds are becoming more affordable. That makes for a great headline but a story must go deeper.

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Media Training – Common Mistakes with Reporters

A few entrepreneurs might dismiss media training, believing that they are great public speakers. And that may be the case. But speaking with reporters requires a much different approach and style than holding a conversation with your friends. Your friends will be more generous with your time, allowing you to meander from thought-to-thought.

It doesn’t work like that with the media. You need to be tight on messaging. If you veer from the story line, many reporters will tune out. It’s even more paramount to stick to the script when speaking on live TV.

During my time as a producer for NBC and CBS, I had to listen and log many interviews that went off track. The subject veered to a different topic, taking double the amount of time as I listened to it in person and on tape. As I became more experienced, I brought the interview subject back to the story. But in today’s world of journalism – where reporters are younger and younger – you might not get the chance to get guidance from the producer.

I wrote a story for Forbes last year, outlining the 5 biggest mistakes I saw leaders make during media interviews. You can read that story here, but if you’re short on time, here’s an outline of the tips.

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