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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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.


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.