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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MACIAS PR Releases Q3 Media Report, Detailing Coverage for Clients

​​​​The top tech and healthcare PR firm —​ MACIAS PR — has released its third-quarter publicity report, detailing the media coverage secured by the agency from July to September 2019.

In the third quarter, MACIAS PR secured prominent news placements with Newsweek, Forbes, New York Times, Washington PostPeople en Espanol, Channel 11 in New York, NBC in New York, News 12 in New York City, Cheddar and other news sites.

The founder of the firm, Mark Macias, said this latest media report reinforces how his PR agency delivers faster and better results than other agencies.

“If you go back and look at our Q1 and Q2 reports for 2019 — or previous years — you will see similar results,” said Macias. “Our PR firm consistently delivers solid media placements with the most influential news organizations. This quarter, MACIAS PR had a trifecta with stories in the New York Times, Washington Post and Newsweek for our latest political client.”

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What is Public Relations? FAQ on how PR Works

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?

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What is Public Relations? Does your business need PR?

By Annalee Tacuri

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.

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Why Fear of Failure Destroys the Best PR Campaigns

              

By Mark Macias

Fear is an attitude that can never be associated with public relations. A creative media strategy requires confidence in an idea and strength with the execution.

The best publicists know they can’t be afraid of creative ideas when pitching reporters. The only thing more dangerous than fear? Complacency.

If your PR firm hasn’t succeeded recently with media outreach, it’s time to assess their level of fear. How far will they go to push your ideas and angles? Are they pushing stories that are already in the news, or are they conceptualizing new ideas that leading publications will want to follow?

Here’s a look at what separates the best PR firms from the agencies that never succeed.

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Best PR Campaigns begin with a Focused Approach

By Mark Macias

I got an email recently from a marketing consultant who I have worked with in the past. She’s introduced me to many great “players” in the business scene and she is a friend, so I want her to succeed.

She asked if I would help her with publicity for an upcoming project. Her idea was to push press releases to her audience.

I asked who was her targeted audience and she ran off a list that pretty much included everyone.

It’s great to have a product that is for the masses, but when it comes to the media, your campaign will be more successful if you narrow down the target. The more targeted a media campaign, the better ROI it will bring to your business.

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Why Press Releases Aren’t Enough for Media Attention

Yes, you read that title right. While press releases can help get an achievement or update on the record — and is great for content marketing — it is less likely to lead to attention from the media.

Here’s why: Reporters, producers, editors and journalists aren’t turning to PR Newswire for story ideas. Plus, they know press releases are a more sophisticated approach to advertising.

Every successful media campaign will require a media outreach. PR Newswire sources might tell you that your press release will reach reporters, but that is very misleading based on my experience as an Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York

A great PR approach understands the value in reaching out to reporters via email, phone calls, social media – or even texts. Pitching directly to media is especially important for smaller businesses, including startups.

The PR Rules at MACIAS PR and Dealing with the Media

While it’s true that there are no rules when it comes to media coverage, there are guidelines our team at MACIAS PR continually follow for our PR strategy. They include: identifying unique angles and characters needed for the story, and pitching stories internally before we reach out to media. Not to mention, we focus our PR strategy mostly on editorial principles that news organizations follow.

Ultimately, a prominent feature in a targeted publication is better than any press release. Do you want to hear how MACIAS PR can leverage your customers or clients directly to the media? Send us a note and we’ll schedule a strategy call. Or, if you want a PR estimate, click here.

Finance Monthly and ACQ5 5 – an international industry award – named Macias PR the 2017 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, and PR Firm of the Year – USA. 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 CNBC, providing media analysis, insight and crisis advice on timely business topics.

Empire State Building and PR – What they have in Common

By Mark Macias

What does the Empire State Building have to do with PR? They both require a solid foundation to withstand the scrutiny of time.

MACIAS PR is located across the street from the Empire State Building, so every day I’m reminded of how to sustain an empire over time. Over the years, many buildings and businesses in Manhattan have come and gone, yet the Empire State Building remains.

That’s because of its foundation.

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Best PR Firms are Storytellers First

By Mark Macias

In business, you need to continually find new ways to tell your story to customers, enterprise and the media.

MACIAS PR is built on story tellers. Every day, we find new creative ways to get our clients on the news. We leverage our insider media experience to position your brand into the news cycle.

It’s one of the reasons how we continually get our clients’ stories told with the most influential news organizations – People Magazine, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, Men’s Health Magazine, Washington Post, Time and others.

So how do we do it?

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