MACIAS PR – Why We Deliver Better Results

MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS. Journalists and marketing peers consistently rank MACIAS PR as one of the best PR Firms based on our results.

Over the years, MACIAS PR has launched publicity, media and branding campaigns for companies from all industries. We’ve worked with boot-strapped startups as well as established international brands, securing publicity with the most influential news publications. We have client case studies in several industries available upon request.

As a boutique PR firm, our communications process is streamlined, while our execution is hyper-focused. We will put our track record up against the biggest PR agencies any day of the week.

Over the last two months alone, we’ve secured big stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, People Magazine, NPR, CNN, local TV and influential online Millennial publications, like Cheddar. (Here’s a closer look at our 2019 Annual Report that details the media coverage we secured for our clients).

                               

PR and Industry Awards – Earned by MACIAS PR

Marketing peers named MACIAS PR the Strategic PR Firm of the Year for three years in a row – 2017, 2018 and 2019. As part of the selection process, marketing and PR professionals reviewed the media campaigns promoted by our firm. More than 80,000 digital marketing, PR agencies and publicists were nominated from across the country but MACIAS PR was the only firm selected in the USA.

Finance Monthly also named us the 2015, 2016 and 2017 PR Firm of the Year – USA. Journalists with the publication reviewed our media deliverables, expertise and innovation in PR as a prerequisite for the award. You can read more on those honors and awards by clicking here.

MACIAS PR has run B2B and B2C media and branding campaigns for clients in healthcare, health tech, tech startups, financial services, asset management, nonprofits and service sector industries. Message Mark at the bottom of this screen (green button on the right) if you would like to hear a customized media strategy. We can also give you a PR estimate by clicking here.

 

How to Maintain Your Leadership Position – Forbes Editorial

By Mark Macias

I recently wrote a story for Forbes on how to maintain your leadership in business. Your business might be in front now, but any event or disruptor can change your position quickly.

My editorial contains three mantras for maintaining your leadership position.  The insight is based on my time working closely with industry leaders, as well startups striving to become leaders in their space. You can read more of my thought leadership in Forbes by clicking here.

Disruption doesn’t happen overnight.

There’s a cliche in business that disruption can happen overnight. I don’t see it that way. Yes, a new technology can disrupt a business model after it’s introduced and adopted, but that doesn’t take into account the lead-up to developing the technology and time for market penetration. This is why I don’t suggest looking at your competitors when it comes to identifying potential threats to your leadership position. Instead, look toward the hungry startups that are underground right now.

Don’t have a backup plan to failing.

In business, we always need a back-up plan to our back-up plan. It’s a fact of life. But that’s different from having a backup plan to closing the doors for good. Most budding entrepreneurs confront this at some time in their life. I, too, did it in the early years of this PR firm. From my perspective, creativity and ingenuity helped my firm develop (what I believe) is a more efficient and effective business model for PR. I knew there was no backup plan to closing the doors.

Make sure you and your team are happy and healthy.

The entrepreneurial life can be lonely and exhausting. It’s not easy to prioritize your wellness and stay smiling when you’re seeing a spreadsheet that shows red.

I’ve also noticed how these entrepreneurs considered their health and well-being a priority. That’s not always easy when you’re living on the road or working late. Yet somehow, every one of these entrepreneurs found the will and the time to stay healthy and even motivate others.

About MACIAS PR

MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by Mark Macias – a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. The top tech and healthcare PR firm uses strategies that stem from his background inside the media.

Press Release – Helping Consumers during the Coronavirus

Here’s an example of a press release that helps consumers during tough financial times.

TUCSON, Ariz. – April 7, 2020 – (Newswire.com)- The prescription drug discount program, ScriptSave WellRx, has announced a solution for prescription discounts to help the 10 million Americans who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

The exact number of Americans who lost their prescription coverage isn’t tracked, but the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates roughly 49 percent of the country’s total population gets their health insurance from their employer. Under that estimate, 5 million Americans will need assistance paying for their prescription medications.

Under the WellRx prescription discount program, anyone who goes to WellRx.com and types in the special code – “Relief” – will get a free prescription discount card that can be used at their more than 65,000 pharmacy partners including all major chains. The discount card can be downloaded, emailed or sent via text to any phone with a simple click. There is no need to create an account or sign up for anything. Customers who do create a free account can take advantage of additional app and website features.

Robert Craver, marketing director with ScriptSave WellRx, says these discount card programs, like WellRx.com can save consumers up to 80 percent off the cash prescription price across all major pharmacies. The average consumer saves about 60 percent off prescription prices under the program.

“We know what our customers are feeling right now and we wanted to find a way to help them in this time of need,” said Craver. “Using a discount card, like WellRx will lower the cost of medications and many times the price can be less than what a consumer might have paid under their health insurance plan.” Continue reading “Press Release – Helping Consumers during the Coronavirus”

The One Group of Consumers Every Campaign Should Target – Forbes Editorial

By Mark Macias

I recently wrote a story for Forbes that breaks down a hidden group of consumers that many PR campaigns miss. You can read that Forbes editorial by clicking here. A synopsis of my advice is below.

Everyone has heard of influencers, but have you heard of emotional motivators? They should be at the top of the radar of your public relations strategy, especially if you’re trying to get more consumers on board with your product or service. 

Emotional motivators are a specific group of consumer behavioral patterns — like the need for excitement or attention — that drive decision-making. I define emotional motivators as those who are not shy about expressing their feelings; when they “feel,” everyone around them feels, too. And when they like something, everyone knows it. 

When a PR strategy taps into emotional motivators, you can earn a brand ambassador better than any celebrity spokesperson. In my experience, these motivators help bring a higher return on investment for any PR campaign and increase the chances that your brand will spread via word-of-mouth.

About MACIAS PR

MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by Mark Macias – a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. The top tech and healthcare PR firm uses strategies that stem from his background inside the media.

Thought Leadership in Forbes – What Houdini Teaches us about Selling

By Mark Macias

One of the most exciting parts of my work is getting to learn from experienced entrepreneurs and CEOs from all walks of life, and from different industries. It’s given me a unique opportunity to observe thought-leadership up close. This entrepreneurial experience also gives your company an advantage because it helps us craft successful media campaigns that are designed to drive new business.

We don’t push stories for the sake of pushing stories. MACIAS PR identifies story angles that will continually push your product or service in front of the right desired customer.

I recently wrote an article in Forbes – What the Great Houdini can Teach Us about Selling.

I tell readers in this article if you want to learn how to get publicity for your business, put away those MBA case studies and read up on Houdini. Throughout my time working with entrepreneurs, startups and CEOs, I’ve seen how Houdini can teach us all about getting our brand out there.

Here’s an abridged version of what I wrote in that Forbes article.

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Creative Tactics that Andy Warhol applied in Publicity

By Mark Macias

My first article in Forbes was published last week, and I think it gives you great insight on my firm’s approach and strategy to business.

Andy Warhol might have been a great artist, but he was also a brilliant publicist at the root. He knew how to sell concepts and create buzz with the media. Even more impressive, Warhol did this at a time before we had the tech platforms that we have today. There was no Instagram or Twitter to share his story.

In my Forbes story, I break down four publicity tactics that Warhol used to generate coverage. It’s an approach that MACIAS PR uses today. You can read the story here, but here are the four takeaways I reveal in this story.

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Best PR Quotes for your Business

by Mark Macias

I honestly believe MACIAS PR is an incubator for ideas. Our team is constantly writing, pitching, researching and brainstorming over new ideas. Along the way, popular quotes get thrown out.

An intern put together and framed some of the top quotes she heard in our office in 2019. Most of these quotes are insider jokes, but there are a few quotes that are tactical to our agency. Here’s a closer look at the top quotes that are aligned with our firm’s strategy.

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Boutique PR Firms vs Global PR Firms – Which Agencies are Best

MACIAS PR might be a boutique PR firm in New York, but our reach and experience is vast. We’ve launched and led publicity, media and branding campaigns for healthcare organizations, digital health companies, tech startups and nonprofits.

Despite the diversity of those industries, MACIAS PR continually secures publicity for our clients with the most influential news publications. In fact, in this month alone, our team has secured prominent news stories for our clients in Teen Vogue, Digital Journal, WDIV Local 4, Model D and MobiHealthNews.

But we don’t just measure our success in the amount of stories we secure. We also have client case studies in several industries available upon request to prove it, too.

As a boutique PR firm, our communications process is streamlined, while our execution is hyper-focused. We will put our track record up against the biggest PR agencies any day of the week – and we have the awards to back us up. This is what makes us truly unlike any other PR firm in the industry. 

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PR Strategy – Finding Your Target Audience for Publicity 

One-size doesn’t fit-all when it comes to PR. The best PR firms create media campaigns that are customized to reach your desired audience or client. This approach is effective with every industry – digital health, technology, financial and even politics.

MACIAS PR recently secured a story on our Congressional client in Teen Vogue. The campaign wasn’t trying to reach Republicans and Democrats across the entire US. Instead, our approach and strategy narrowed the message to reach voters who would have the biggest effect on the campaign.

In the case of our Congressional client, she needed to reach Millennial voters, which is why we reached out to one of the largest Millennial readerships in the US  – Teen Vogue  – which reaches more 4 million readers every month.

Our media placement with Teen Vogue is just one example of how our team works to secure targeted press coverage for our clients.

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MACIAS PR Releases Annual Media Report, Detailing Agency’s Growth

The top tech and healthcare PR firm — MACIAS PR — has released its annual media report, detailing coverage secured for clients in 2019. The list of media placements was long and influential.

In the fourth quarter, MACIAS PR secured stories for their clients with national TV, newspaper and online publications, including Forbes, CNN, CBS News, NewsWeek and MSN. The firm also placed targeted local TV segments with Channel 19 in Alabama, Channel 4 in New York and PIX 11 in New York.

The third quarter was even bigger for MACIAS PR. The public relations agency secured stories with Newsweek, Forbes, New York Times, Washington Post, People en Espanol, Channel 11 in New York, NBC in New York, News 12 in New York City, Cheddar and others.

Media Campaign Highlights $58 Million Fundraising Round

In the second quarter, MACIAS PR launched a fundraising campaign for a digital health client. The fundraising announcement highlighted a $58 million fundraising round that was covered by more than 30 news publications, including TechCrunch, AlleyWatch, Entrepreneur, MobiHealthNews, Axios, and Fortune.

MACIAS PR kicked off 2019 with a TV segment with the top-rated morning show, the NBC Today Show. The national TV segment showcased the world’s first smart belt, reaching more than 1.4 million viewers across the country. MACIAS PR also secured media placements with Entrepreneur, USA Today, and Forbes in the first quarter in 2019.

MACIAS PR Named 2019 Strategic PR Firm of the Year

The coverage in 2019 led to MACIAS PR getting named the Strategic PR Firm of the Year by marketing and industry peers. The ACQ5 Awards recognizes industry leaders based on their expertise and innovation.

“MACIAS PR might be a boutique public relations agency in New York, but I’ll put our media results, strategy and deliverables up against the biggest PR firms in this country,” said Macias. “At the root, MACIAS PR is an entrepreneur’s agency. We continue to look at the media, business and messaging through the lense of an entrepreneur and that helps our team deliver better results at a faster pace.”

Mark Macias Named to Forbes Business Council

That entrepreneurial approach was recognized by the Forbes Business Council, which named Mark Macias to their board in December 2019. Macias was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience as a journalist, author, entrepreneur and media strategist.

Each Forbes Business Council member must have demonstrated a successful business track record and industry leadership, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors, for their inclusion.

MACIAS PR Launches Scientific Political Polling Services

MACIAS PR also launched a new scientific polling service in 2019. The polls come with margin of errors as small as +/-3 percent, or larger based on the client’s budget.

Macias says these polls provide data-driven political insight on voters’ sentiment and ignite new opportunities to position candidates into the news cycle.

“We craft our polls with the news agenda in mind, making sure the poll results lead to new insight on voter sentiment,” said Macias. “In the past, these political polls with margin of errors were only available to incumbents or heavily funded campaigns, but that’s changing. We’ve invested in technology and formed partnerships that allow us to run the same scientific polls on the same platforms as presidential pollsters.”

About MACIAS PR

The founder of the firm, Mark Macias, is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. His media experience provides the firm with an insider’s perspective on how news stories are placed.

Macias is author of the business book Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media and frequent media contributor with CNBC, Forbes and The Daily Caller where he gives PR, media and crisis advice on timely business and political stories.

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