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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What Media Deliverables can you Expect?

By Mark Macias

I conversed recently with a health tech startup out of Eastern Europe, looking for PR. Following our conversation, the company asked a straight-forward question via email: What kind of media deliverables can we expect?

Many PR firms promise the world during the sell, but fail to deliver once the contract is signed. I know this because I continually hear from potential clients on how they got burned by their last PR firm.

So how can you protect your business and brand to ensure you get the most exposure and best coverage?

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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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Digital Health Client on CBS 2 – This Week

By Rachael Sternlicht

MACIAS PR got our digital health client on CBS 2 yesterday. It’s an example of how we consistently position our clients on the local and national news by identifying timely and interesting angles around our clients.

Many people are exercising outside right now, even when the heat continues to rise. Sure, those sports drinks, like Gatorade, might keep you hydrated but they are full of sugar and calories that in many ways off-set the electrolytes we need.

But what if you could make your own electrolyte drinks at home – and without the sugar and high calories?

 

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Why NYC is Great for PR Firms

By Mark Macias

It’s one thing to observe Manhattan from a safe distance; it’s another thing to experience the energy and vitality of this City when you’re in the middle of the storm.

Today, a late afternoon spring storm hit Manhattan and you could feel the gush of life on every street corner. The above photo was taken from across the river in New Jersey.

There are many great cities in our awesome country. Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, San Diego, Washington, DC, New Orleans, Houston. My PR firm has run media campaigns in all of those cities. Every new city is a fun adventure.

But New York City is special from a media perspective. If you walk in Midtown during the day, you can feel the bustle and energy in the air. Stand outside Fox News or NBC News and you might see a famous news anchor, or even Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show.

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