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.

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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Biggest PR Mistakes – and How to Prevent Them

By Mark Macias

There are many mistakes you can make while pursuing public relations. Fortunately, you can overcome most of those mistakes, however, there is one PR mistake you can rarely overcome. The error effectively makes your entire media placement worthless.

What is it?

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Affiliate Marketing PR Campaigns – Why One Size does not Fit All

By Mark Macias

The owner of an affiliate service emailed me recently, asking about a PR starter kit for her clients. Her intentions were in the right place with her email.

“I’m looking for a very inexpensive package to offer my (affiliates), a sort of starter kit to help kick-start their marketing campaign. Most of them have no clue what to do,” she wrote.

Hiring a publicist is not like buying a shirt. There is no universal “starter kit” that works for every business.

For each campaign to be successful, you need to identify the story and what makes it unique. If you are selling t-shirts to teenagers, that requires a different publicity strategy than selling suits to men. And to underscore that statement, it’s even more strategic when targeting women.

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Holiday PR – Getting your Product on the News for holidays

By Mark Macias

What are the best ways to get your retail products in front of potential customers for the holidays?

During my time with NBC and CBS, I was bombarded with gifts and story ideas for potential holiday gift segments. And I wasn’t alone.

Producers, reporters and editors are now getting story ideas pitched to them around the holidays. It can be one of the most difficult times of the year for coverage – unless you execute the publicity campaing right.

MACIAS PR ran a targeted local media campaign for an Internet retailer that was trying to sell their product as gifts for the holidays. Our targeted campaign led to big TV segments and stories in New York with FOX 5, PIX 11, Metro New York, Urban Daddy, Self Magazine, Well & Good Magazine, and others. So how did we do it?

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Q3 Media Report for MACIAS PR – Media Deliverables

NEW YORK – October 1, 2018 – (Newswire.com)  The top tech and healthcare PR firm — MACIAS PR — has released its quarterly media report, detailing the coverage it secured for clients from July to September 2018.

MACIAS PR secured TV segments, newspaper and online features that targeted Millennials, women, fitness conscious consumers, voters, theatergoers and enterprise with stories in Bustle, CBS NEWS, Women’s ENews, Now This and others.

A local TV station in Baltimore, Channel 2, ran a long feature on the firm’s nonprofit client that promoted their summer educational tech program, while NY1 ran a segment on a play that MACIAS PR is promoting to New Yorkers.

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Why Story Angle Matters with the Media

By Mark Macias

The two photos might look similar at quick glance. It’s the Brooklyn Bridge with people on the street. It’s shot on the same day.

When it comes to the media, the position of the angle makes the difference between success and failure. The best PR firms understand the nuances and viewpoint that can change with subtlety.

MACIAS PR continually digs for the unique angle that best positions the client in the news. We don’t just run with our first big idea, nor do we “spray and pray” for media placements.

Each media campaign and story pitch is methodical and debated.

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5 PR Mistakes Airbnb Continues to Make with the Media

By Mark Macias

Disruption doesn’t just come from technology. It also comes from lawmakers who introduce new laws that restrict or hinder your business. Airbnb is facing this disruption from municipalities across the country and it’s a lesson all entrepreneurs should heed.

I recently wrote an article for Luxury Daily on the 5 PR mistakes Airbnb is making. (You can read article here)

Airbnb may be a disruptor but when it comes to this branding and PR campaign against the hotel trade industry, it is failing like a poorly managed tech startup. Here are 5 of the mistakes I outlined in the Luxury Daily article.

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Is it smart to pitch reporters on social media?

By Mark Macias

Is it ever appropriate to pitch reporters and producers on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts? I belong to a private Facebook group for publicists and members of the media. An editor just posted a note to all members about that topic. She wrote:

“At the risk of offending some people in this group, I must impart a little known truth upon you all: Every time an editor on deadline is pitched via Facebook (or Instagram, or Twitter) DM, an angel loses its wings. True story. Don’t let your pitch be the reason. Emails are awesome.”

I am connected on Facebook to many close friends in PR and the media. Understandably, the social connection gives the illusion that we are close, and even friends. Unless you hang out with them, I’m sorry to break the news to you, but you are not BFFs. Continue reading “Is it smart to pitch reporters on social media?”