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.

Is all PR Good PR?

What good is it to get a great story in a magazine that your clients don’t read?

Sure, you can use the placement to promote your product in other avenues, but it would be better if your story was in a magazine or newspaper that your potential clients will read on their own.

So what is the first step you should take when it comes to starting your own public relations campaign? Identify a narrative that is interesting, new and most important, focused. Once you identify the narrative, the next step is writing a tight press release.

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.

Award-Winning Journalist and Publicist Releases New Book, ‘Tao of PR,’ Bringing Tactics From Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’ to PR

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The award-winning journalist and publicist, Mark Macias, has published a new book – “Tao of PR” – which takes tactics from Sun Tzu’s, “Art of War,” and applies them to PR and crisis communications.

The “Tao of PR” takes the famous Chinese military treatise from the fifth century BC and repositions these war strategies for a modern-day strategic communications plan.

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Macias said his book lays out messaging and crisis communications tactics that can help entrepreneurs or business owners trying to get their story told with the media.

The overarching themes of the “Tao of PR” include: I – Laying Plans; II – Waging War; III – Positioning; IV – Forces – Strengths and Weaknesses; V – Engaging the Force; VI – Adaptability; VII – Moving the Force; VIII – Situational Positioning; IX – The Attack; X – Spies and Advocates.

Chapter 8 – Situational Positioning – gives guidance on how to deal with reporters in friendly and combative situations, while Chapter 10 – Spies and Advocates – reveals 10 Defensive Decrees that can help any crisis communications situation.

“The media is a complicated landscape, especially in this ever-evolving news cycle,” said Macias. “You can’t approach BuzzFeed, the ‘Today’ Show or the Wall Street Journal in a similar fashion. The way a story is positioned and how that message is framed will influence whether the story gains traction. The ‘Tao of PR’ takes readers through these steps, tactics, and approaches that can help all entrepreneurs better craft the message and reinforce the brand.”

Macias said he learned many of these strategies during his time as an Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York.

As a journalist, Macias was nominated for five Emmys in the categories: News & Public Affairs, Features, Business/Consumer, Documentary Programming, Religious Programming. He won an Emmy in News & Public Affairs.

Today, Macias runs the tech and healthcare PR firm, MACIAS PR, which was named the 2017 and 2018 Strategic PR Firm of the Year by industry peers. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the Financial PR Firm of the Year based on their media deliverables, expertise, and innovation in PR.

Macias said the most successful media strategies contain multiple elements: a great narrative; universal appeal; telescopic aim, urgency; and a solution. “The Tao of PR” reveals how to create, develop and execute these strategies for any media campaign.

“We leverage all of these elements when it comes to launching a media campaign,” said Macias. “We apply journalism, programming strategy and insider approaches for every media campaign we run. It’s one of the reasons why our clients have appeared in the biggest and most influential publications.”

MACIAS PR has run branding, media and crisis campaigns for tech and healthcare organizations, financial groups, nonprofit organizations, politicians and trade organizations. The firm is based in New York City.

The “Tao of PR” can be purchased on Amazon. Brand managers and reporters can receive a free copy of the book by emailing mmm@maciaspr.com – and requesting “Tao of PR.”

How To Get Your Product on ‘The Today Show’ – PR Analysis

The Today Show is PR opportunity every CEO and business owner asks for. Nearly every potential client says they want to be on the Today Show or Good Morning America when asked who is their ideal audience.

It’s not easy securing a placement with these morning show. The available segments are limited between hard news and commercials.

But MACIAS PR did it this week for our health tech client on The Today Show. We also secured a different segment for this client with NBC News.

So how did we do it? We leveraged a timely component with water cooler material.

The Consumer Electronics Show, also known as CES, is the world’s largest consumer tech trade show. Tech entrepreneurs and startups come from all over the world to showcase their tech products to the world – and more important, the media. It’s not easy standing out at CES without the help from the media

Before CES took place, MACIAS PR reached out to hundreds of targeted reporters, producers and writers, telling how the world’s first smart belt was going to be unveiled at CES.

But we didn’t create an advertisement. We took time to tell the client’s story. In addition to those two TV segments with NBC News, our approach led to influential placements with Wired Magazine, USA Today, AdWeek and others.

How MACIAS PR can Help your Brand

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About MACIAS PR

MACIAS PR is based in Midtown Manhattan. It serves clients in technology, healthcare, digital health, financial, politics and the nonprofit sectors.

The founder, Mark Macias, is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. His media experience provides the firm with an insider’s perspective on how news stories are placed. Macias is author of the business book Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media and frequent contributor with CNBC and The Daily Caller where he gives PR, media and crisis advice on timely business and political stories.

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.

Digital Health and Wearables Positioned as a Media Story

Health technology is one of the hottest trends with the media. Anything related to wearables, digital health and health tech bring new opportunities for publicity.

We recently launched a consumer media campaign for the world’s first smart belt. Our campaign secured coverage with local TV, NBC News, The Today Show, Entrepreneur and Wired Magazines and others.

So how did we do it? We looked for water cooler material and positioned our client in the center of the conversation.

The Best CES 2019 Media Coverage

Who doesn’t want to be first in life? This publicity and branding campaign positioned our client as the world’s first smart belt. We leveraged new research that documented how the belt was able to help men who wore it lose weight over time.

In TV, water cooler material is valuable from a programming perspective. It gives the anchors a chance to talk to their audience and discuss issues that are brewing in the community. With this media campaign, we identified and sold reporters and TV producers on the angles that consumers would discuss at the water cooler.

If you’re trying to introduce a new consumer product or tech gadget to the media, reach out to us and we’ll brainstorm over a strategic approach that delivers results. We can also share case studies from the digital health industry, demonstrating the coverage we have consistently secured for our clients.

About MACIAS PR

MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by Mark Macias – a former Executive Producer with NBC, Senior Producer with CBS in New York and author of the business book, “Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media.” He’s a contributor for CNBC and The Daily Caller, giving PR, media analysis and crisis advice on timely business and political stories.
e organizations, Internet retailers, nonprofits and service sector industries

MACIAS PR offers a wide range of services, including publicity, branding and crisis PR campaigns for tech start-ups, healthcare/health tech companies, asset management firms, politicians, financial groups, trade organizations, Internet retailers, nonprofits and service sector industries.

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.

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”