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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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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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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PR Advice for CEOs – Why it’s Important to Brag

By Mark Macias

I frequently media train CEOs and founders of companies on how to deliver their message to reporters. One mistake many CEOs make with reporters is not what they say – but what they don’t say.

When you speak with reporters, it’s your job to sell your company or service. If you don’t tell a reporter what is great about your product, they’ll never know.

You might think reporters already know that your product won an industry award. Or maybe you’ll assume that the reporter read your Wikipedia page and learned about your experience. It’s possible, but do you want to leave your selling point to chance?

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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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Future of PR – Revolves around Reputations and Search Engines

By Mark Macias

One of our nonprofit clients went to a Google marketing conference and shared with me some of the best takeaways he heard. One of the boldest statements came from a Google executive who told the crowd that in the future, there will be no brands.

It seems hard to believe that brands won’t matter in the future, but it makes sense. Yes, household names, like McDonalds, Starbucks and Netflix will continue to be in our subconscious. However, among smaller brands – especially in the B2B sector – will become more susceptible to branding from Google. Let me break it down further. Continue reading “Future of PR – Revolves around Reputations and Search Engines”

How Videos Lead to Media Exposure

By Mark Macias

I spoke with a potential client from a family office yesterday and he asked me about videos. Do I think they are helpful? How do we leverage videos for more exposure? How can videos help his brand?

Google doesn’t reveal much about its search algorithms, but it does admit websites with videos get higher priority with their search engine. So how do you leverage videos into content that other news sites will pick up?

MACIAS PR frequently organizes panels and events for our clients in finance, healthcare and tech. In the video below, you can see a hedge fund panel that MACIAS PR hosted for fund managers and service providers. But others who didn’t attend that hedge fund forum also got to see and hear this panel after a hedge fund site published these videos.

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How Thought Leadership Can Build your Brand as a Leader

By Marta Majstorovic

Thought leadership can be an effective method for positioning your brand as a leader in tech and healthcare. More likely than not, you have some level of expertise in your industry. Thought leadership communicates that expertise to the outside world, growing your brand in the process.

MACIAS PR helped secure a targeted thought leadership editorial for a nonprofit client in last week’s St. Louis Post Dispatch. The editorial spoke directly to readers on how our nonprofit partner is helping the community. It also provided an unfiltered story on their services.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch is the fifth largest newspaper in the Midwest, and is the 26th largest newspaper in the country. On a daily basis, the newspaper reaches more than a quarter of a million readers – in print alone.

Many nonprofits struggle to raise money, and this is an area where thought-leadership can help with your brand. Corporations are frequently wary of attaching their brand to nonprofits that haven’t proven themselves in the community. Thought-leadership reinforces how the media recognizes your business as a credible leader.

This thought leadership placement in the St. Louis Post Dispatch also helped raise the profile of their services in the community. And the corporate partner, Boeing, received public credit for investing in the community with this nonprofit.

 

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Overlooked Opportunity for Publicity – Sunday Morning News

By Marta Majstorovic

If you want to reach an educated and influential group of thought-leaders, you need to target the Sunday morning news programs. Their viewers are the most educated, informed – and typically business leaders, according to Nielsen.

MACIAS PR recently secured a TV segment for our healthcare client in this highly-sought after time frame. It aired on “NY Viewpoint” on WABC-TV in New York.

This TV interview allowed the CEO to sell her Medicaid and Medicare services directly to business owners and consumers. (You can watch that Sunday morning segment by clicking here).

The 10-minute segment introduced our client’s services, and explained how they help people with Medicaid manage their medical bills.

WABC is the most watched news station in the larger New York area. This air time would have cost thousands of dollars had it been placed as a TV commercial. Instead, the client got to tell her story directly to an engaged and captive audience.

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Event PR – Get the Media to Attend your Event

By Mark Macias

Are you planning an event and would you like to get the media to attend it? MACIAS PR has helped raise the profile of many events – and in different markets – via the media. Our team secured live, local news coverage for our client events, and we placed stories in the local newspaper. Our strategy designed these campaigns with the intention of driving more attendees to the event.

There is a strategy behind every successful event promotion that lures the media into attending. But before I go into event publicity, let’s discuss an effective PR event that the media covered and why it worked so well.

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