Client Case Study – Member of Congress

MACIAS PR has led media campaigns for Congressional challengers across Washington, Illinois, Arizona, California, Maryland and New York. We’ve also worked with members of Congress, including Rep. Norma Torres (CA-35) of Los Angeles.

The media campaign for Rep. Torres required a different approach for media coverage. Our goal was to position the Congresswoman into the news cycle as an influential Latina. I worked closely with the Congresswoman to identify positive stories that would soften and strengthen her image among potential voters. Our agency had to adhere to strict federal election guidelines and work separately from her District offices.

Our Media Strategy and Approach 

MACIAS PR focused this entire media campaign around programming and editorial. Media campaigns focused around politicians are frequently more challenging since journalists understand how most candidates are pushing an agenda. We overcame this political challenge by identifying features that distinguished the unique personal experiences of the Congresswoman. MACIAS PR also leveraged her deep understanding of policy for timely news angles that positioned her as a thought leader.

One of those editorials appeared in the Washington Post where Rep. Torres shared political insight on how the Guatemalan election had a direct impact on Americans. This article was shared with the Congressional delegation who accompanied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Norma Torres on their visit to Central America.

This strategy led to prominent news articles, soft features and news segments with local and national TV, local and national radio, newspapers, online news sites and magazines. One influential feature appeared in People Magazine, which profiled her upbringing as an immigrant from Guatemala.

You can see some of those stories by clicking on the case study below. Click here if you’d like to discuss a media strategy for your organization or upcoming campaign. You can also get a PR estimate by clicking here.

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 is also a PR contributor with Entrepreneur, CNBC and Forbes. City & State Magazine named him to their 2024 Political PR Power List in New York.

Client Case Study – Former UN Executive Secretary

Media campaigns for politicians can be some of the most difficult campaigns to run. Journalists are skeptical of politicians, knowing they are pushing an agenda. No reporter wants to be a tool for propaganda. 

This is why every political campaign must have a solid news angle. Not a marketing message or campaign narrative, but an editorial angle.

MACIAS PR has run media campaigns for Congressional candidates across New York, Virginia, Arizona, Illinois, Oregon and California. With all of these campaigns, we secured local and national media coverage for these candidates by identifying news angles that were timely and topical. 

In 2022, MACIAS PR took an international jump on the global stage by representing the former UN Executive Secretary on Climate Change.

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Media Case Study: Congressional Candidate in Virginia

MACIAS PR led the media campaign for Congressional candidate Vangie Williams, from the First District of Virginia in 2018. The District encompasses three media markets – Washington DC, Norfolk and Richmond, requiring a complex strategy that appealed to reporters in both small and large markets.

Our media strategy led to prominent placements with targeted news organizations in all three media markets. 

The publicity we generated helped the challenger come within single digits of beating the Republican incumbent in a solidly Red District. Our campaign had no financial support from the DNC yet we continued to make local and national waves on the media front with the DNC taking notice.

Media Campaign

MACIAS PR created the media strategy, led the entire execution, coordinated all interviews with reporters and media trained the client. We were on a boot-strapped budget yet we still managed to run a publicity campaign securing media attention in all three media markets.

Media coverage included stories with: The Washington Post, The Daily Press, Richmond Times, Prince William Times, Fauquier Times, Digital Journal, The Blue & Gray Press, Blue Virginia, Virginia Gazette, Fredericksburg.com, Bustle, Inside Nova, Potomac Local, WTVR.com, Essence, WTOP, Virginia Mercury, Gazette-Journal, People’s World, Deutsche Welle and Radio IQ. 

Recommendations

“I worked closely with Mark Macias throughout the general election campaign for Congressional can- didate Vangie Williams. Our resources were small, yet Mark and his team were able to get our story in the local news throughout our congressional district, which spans three different media markets. Our weekly strategy calls and quick adaption to the news cycle helped us get exposure with local TV, newspapers and national media outlets – a major feat during a popular midterm election with compet- ing healines. Overall, we had a higher media placement than our opponent, leading several political observers to note that we were running the most organized and competitive campaign for the district in quite some time. I highly recommend Mark for any political communications campaign. He under- stands the public sphere and knows how to shape messaging that’s authentic to the candidate and influential for the overall campaign.”

Sheri Shannon, Campaign Manager

You can see more of media coverage in the document below. If you’d like to schedule a call with Mark Macias, feel free to message him here and schedule a call. You can also get a free PR estimate by clicking here and answering a few quick questions.

Hire a Generalist or Specialist PR Agency? Analysis on Approach

MACIAS PR has run media and branding campaigns for clients across industries: health care, technology, nonprofits, real estate, politics. In multiple ways, we have taken a generalist and specialist PR to each campaign – based on the need.

Despite the diversity of clients, one common thread remains consistent. We have delivered top tier media placements for our clients with the most influential news organizations.

It doesn’t matter if our clients are promoting the latest tech wearable, pushing a cause or selling health services to businesses. We have relationships with media outlets and reporters in all of these industries.

Generalist or Specialist PR Agency

Potential clients frequently assume that a specialist PR agency from their specific industry will deliver better results.

In my experiences inside the media and as the owner of this PR agency, I’d say the better framed question revolves around how much each PR agency knows about your industry.

I’ve written extensively for Forbes on what to look for when hiring a publicist. You can read that thought leadership here. And whether it is better to hire an East Coast, West Coast or local PR firm. (Read that insight here)

Regardless of your industry, I frequently tell my friends if I had to hire a PR agency for my firm, I’d always go with the generalist who understands my industry.

This generalist approach always gives MACIAS PR an advantage with reporters. Our team speaks with dozens or reporters and producers on any given day. This exposure gives us more opportunities to repackage and sell other clients’ stories on these calls.

But don’t take my word for it. Instead, evaluate our media deliverables.

You can read our client case studies from different industries on the following links: health care, technology, mobile apps, consumer wearables, real estate, nonprofits, physicians, consumer services, B2B health tech and politics.

If you’d like to see a case study for your industry, just message us and we can share more.

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.