Before I launched this PR firm in 2009, I lived inside morning news meetings at both the local and national level. It’s the place where stories are killed or made – in a matter of minutes.
At the Arizona Republic and the local TV station, Channel 3, we had to pitch story ideas in front of editors, producers and other reporters. In New York, I pitched stories for a nationally syndicated TV program, American Journal. I also approved story ideas as the Executive Producer for Special Projects with NBC.
MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. Journalists and marketing peers consistently rank MACIAS PR as one of the best PR Agencies 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, detailing these campaigns.
Our clients always work with an experienced media strategist. We don’t pawn you off to a junior account executive. And as a boutique PR firm, our communications process is streamlined, while our execution is hyper-focused.
PR Awards – Earned by MACIAS PR
Marketing peers named MACIAS PR the Strategic PR Firm of the Year from 2017-2020. As part of the selection process, marketing and PR professionals reviewed media campaigns promoted by our agency.
Finance Monthly also named MACIAS PR the 2015-2017 Financial PR Firm of the Year. And in 2021, City & State Magazine named our founder a Top 50 Political PR Power player in New York.
Here’s an example of a press release that puts 2 years of research into context. The story was covered by multiple media outlets.
NEW YORK (PRWEB) JUNE 18, 2020 – One of the country’s largest nonprofit tech training programs, NPower, has released a two-year study that takes an in-depth look at the obstacles young women of color face entering the technology industry and what the industry needs to overcome diversity barriers.
The report supported by the Citi Foundation, Breaking Through, Rising Up: Strategies for Propelling Women of Color in Technology, interviewed and surveyed more than 1,000 tech executives, board advisors and NPower alumni to quantify and qualify how the tech industry views women of color and the barriers women face.
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.
New York, New York, November 7, 2019 (Newswire.com) – 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.
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?
What is PR? It’s a simple question that many business owners ask MACIAS PR in conversations. In short, Public Relations introduces your brand or story directly to consumers through a third source. The media is one of the most popular platforms used in PR. Unlike advertising, public relations doesn’t buy media placements. The PR firm places your story in the media.
How is PR different from advertising?
Credibility: When commercials appear, you just want them to be over and return back to what you were watching. Consumers don’t trust ads, because the ads are trying to sell you a product. However, a TV segment brings more credibility to your product or service since it’s coming from the media.
Target Audience: Ads focus on targeting potential customers. PR can also target your desired customer by placing stories in the desired media outlet. But unlike advertising, PR continues working for your business long after the budget is over. With advertising, your ads are immediately pulled when your budget runs out.
Goals: Public Relations builds brand awareness through influential media placements. They also build trust with consumers who watch the story on TV or read it in the newspaper.
Potential clients always assume that our media contacts lead to media placements. Just today, I met with a potential client who commented, “you must know a lot of people in the media.”
Yes, we do know a lot of people in the media. In fact, our PR firm is communicating, talking to, pitching and in general discussion with literally hundreds of reporters and producers a week. But guess what – our contacts didn’t lead to the media placements. Our strategy did.
Just like the above photo demonstrates, PR is a game that is won by strategy. You don’t win the game of chess by force or seduction. You win the game of chess through out-thinking, out-maneuvering and out-strategizing your opponent. It’s a critical factor behind the success of MACIAS PR.
There is a general belief among publicists that a solid media Rolodex will get your client in the news. Even business owners are buying into this theory. Potential clients frequently ask me which reporters I know in “tech” or “political” or “fashion” — you name it.
They seem to believe that a friend or “contact” at the right paper or TV station will get their business in the news, but is it true?