Important News Elements for Media Coverage

How far will you go for love? Would you peel an orange for your spouse or girlfriend if she asked you for an orange? The Wall Street Journal explores that question today and it provides several PR lessons for brands trying to get media coverage.

I’m rarely a fan of tying news stories to monthly awareness campaigns because those marketing calendars rarely align with editorial calendars. But Valentine’s Day is one of those holiday exceptions. If your service or product has a connection to love, it can be rocket fuel when tied to Valentine’s Day.

I’ll go on a limb now and predict this WSJ story will go viral by the end of the week. Here’s why:

*The story is unique.
*It provides fun conversation.
*You likely haven’t heard this story before.
*It’s tied to love, and Valentine’s Day is Wednesday.

Emerging Trend with Influential News Organizations

This article supports an emerging trend I am seeing with the influential news organizations, including the NY Times, Washington Post and WSJ. Their reporters are integrating TikTok and Instagram elements to support their stories. In many cases, the social media content isn’t even timely but the content gives the reporter the timely element needed to sell it to his/her editors. Adding social media content to your pitch can help with the reporter’s sell to his editors.

One more important observation.

Editors and Reporters are Measured by their Story Reach

When I was a new Executive Producer with NBC in New York, I knew I had one year to prove my value or I would be pushed out the door. Today, a reporter’s reach is evaluated just as much as his editors.

Here’s proof. A few years ago I worked with Rep. Norma Torres and we got her editorial placed in the Washington Post. The opinion editor emailed me a few days later and asked if I could encourage her to share her editorial on Twitter. He was candid, “I’m not seeing traction with her story.”

And that brings up the final point. If your idea doesn’t have broad appeal or potential for virality, your campaign is at another disadvantage. Find ways to implement or sell that virality in your story.

If you apply these approaches to your next publicity, you will have a better chance for coverage. If you need help finding timely elements or angles, reach out to us here and we can schedule a strategy call. #alwaysfreshpr

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 – Media and Content Campaign for Lending Organization

MACIAS PR led the publicity, social media and content marketing for Provident Loan Society from June 2014 to June 2019. Our media strategy introduced their alternative lending services to new and existing clients across the New York metro area. 

Over the course of our partnership, MACIAS PR helped grow their customer base among college students, business owners, immigrants and consumers with no credit. Their former CEO and CMO both credited MACIAS PR with increasing their revenue and growing their customer base by 50 percent among Latinos. You can read their testimonials on Linkedin.

Our media campaigns also introduced their services to consumers who speak Spanish and Mandarin via targeted outlets covering those communities.

Targeted Consumer-Facing Media Campaign

MACIAS PR led the entire media campaign from conception to execution. Our team identified stories of interest and reframed them around news stories.

Our media coverage included stories with: CNN, New York Post, ABC 7, FOX5, NY 1, PIX 11, Metro New York, Crain’s Business Magazine, Univision, Inc., Entrepreneur Magazine and others.

Digital Marketing, Social Media and Content Creation

In January 2017, MACIAS PR took over the content marketing for Provident Loan. Our team searched for trending topics on Google and social media, and created content that positioned them into the conversation.

Our approach had an immediate impact on their web traffic, growing it year-over-year from 2017 to 2019. This increased web traffic began showing up in the first month.

You can review the case study by clicking here. Or if you’d like to schedule a call to discuss more, click here.

ABOUT MACIAS PR

Our 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 Power Player in New York in 2024 and 2022, while 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.

Value Working with Boutique PR Agencies

I read this confessional last night from a publicist who described the state of the public relations industry. It’s a candid look at how large PR agencies are lowering their standards and putting the dollar above relationships. The writer also lays out an argument for boutique PR agencies, and why they have a larger advantage.

To paraphrase the article, “There’s a lot of desperation. Not only to keep the lights on, but to keep people, to keep employees.

And what are the challenges? She writes, “[B2B tech brands] don’t often have stories. They’re unable to talk about themselves outside of product features and benefits. There’s zero or very little value based messaging. And too many PR firms will take them on as clients. The reason why they take on these clients is to keep the lights on.

The article got me thinking about MACIAS PR and the value we bring as a boutique PR agency.

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Client Case Study – Market Leading Lifestyle Brand

MACIAS PR led the rebranding and media campaign for the world’s largest online dating site, Plenty Of Fish from 2013 to 2015. Our media campaign re-introduced the lifestyle brand to singles between the ages of 20 to 45 in the US, UK and Canada.

The dating site approached MACIAS PR after Tinder and other dating apps started to steal its market share. The founder said he also wanted to reposition his dating website for an acquisition. 

Our initial goal was to grow the user base among females. Within six months, our team achieved their female acquisition goals and broadened our campaign to reach all singles. Six months into our launch, the founder told Business Insider his app was growing its use-monthly base by 15 percent.

Our creative media strategy used editorial and programming campaigns that led prominent news stories (not mere mentions) with some of the most influential publications around the world. Media coverage included features with: Time Magazine, The NBC Today Show, The Daily Mail in the UK, Yahoo Finance!, Business Insider, Glamour Magazine, Cosmo Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, as well as local TV and radio stations in the USA. In 2016, the company was named one of the “Best of the Web” by Time magazine.

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Will AI Replace Publicists? A Closer Look at What the Data Says

Nearly 3 years ago, I wrote an article for Forbes that predicted the future of PR and AI.

We’re still in agreement today that AI will make life easier for publicists. Machine learning will continue to help content creators and publicists develop content faster. But at the root of my Forbes article was a bold prediction that AI won’t replace publicists over the next 10 years.

Here’s why I still stand by that prediction three years after making it.

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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.

Strategic Messaging Mistakes by Airbnb

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Airbnb plummeted more than 10 percent today.

Every entrepreneur knows when you lose a whale, you must find a replacement quickly or revenue will fall. In the case with Airbnb, it lost its whale in January when New York City banned short-term rentals, and there is no replacement in sight.

I’ll go on a limb now and predict the company will continue to slide for the rest of the year and beyond based on their strategic messaging mistakes. These are mistakes entrepreneurs, CEOs, business owners and marketers can all learn from.

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Forbes Article – 3 Tactics for Standing out from Noise

It’s never easy standing out from the noise in a cluttered space, but if you’re going to survive as a startup, you have to figure out this formula fast. Otherwise, your business, product or new technology might never have a chance to catch on with the masses.

I elaborated on this approach in an article I wrote for Forbes, called –Three Tactics For Standing Out From The Startup Noise. You can click on that link to read but here is abridged version if you’re short on time.

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Gen. Z Consumer Market Survey Reveals What Motivates this Generation to Buy

The consumer market changes quickly, and Gen. Z is leading the charge. It seems like yesterday we were discussing how Millennials were disrupting the workforce. Now, there’s a bigger change in business right around the corner.

In less than 5 years, Generation Z is projected to overtake Millennials when it comes to buying power. If you’re trying to sell any product or service, you better learn quickly how to target this sophisticated group of consumers.

Unlike previous generations, social media won’t close the deal. And forget about TV ads. So how do you reach and motivate Generation Z?

MACIAS PR recently worked with the online news portal, Brooklyn Chatter, to gain more insight into this generation. Read on to see what our online survey found.

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How to Gain Traction after the Media says “NO” to your Story

Every publicist or entrepreneur will experience it at some time or another. You pitch an idea to reporters and hear crickets in return.

So what should you do when the media ignores your ideas or worse, says no?

The above podcast episode provides some insight on what our agency does in this situation. A lot of these tactics come from my time in the media when we had to salvage a story that went south.

If you’re on the go, you can subscribe to our Always Fresh PR podcast by clicking here. You can also read more tips on re-framing your story for coverage by clicking here.