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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What our clients say about MACIAS PR

By Mark Macias

I continually hear from potential clients that they got burned by their previous PR firm.

It’s a shame but anyone can put up a shingle and call themselves a PR firm. This is why it’s so important to do your due diligence before you hire your PR firm. You also need to ask the right questions.

  • What kind of track record has this PR firm established?
  • Who is the leader behind the strategy?
  • What experience does the PR firm have in your sector?
  • What do their current and past clients say about them?

I love that last question because to date, we have several clients that MACIAS PR has worked with for years. I think more important, we don’t even have a written agreement anymore. Our clients trust us and we trust them.

Thank you flowers from a Client

Earlier this month, MACIAS PR got a token of appreciation from one of our clients. See the picture of flowers in our office? We got those flowers from a client who we have worked with for more than 2 years.

When was the last time you sent flowers as a thank you to a client? I don’t say this to brag. I share these flowers with you to let you know that MACIAS PR puts our clients first in everything.

When our team secures a publicity or news story for a client – we celebrate with you. We know our business will only succeed with your business growth. It’s a relationship that you can best experience with a fellow business owner.

Finance Monthly and ACQ5 5 – an international industry award – named Macias PR the 2018 & 2017 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, 2015 & 2016 PR Firm of the Year – USA. This recognition was based on our media deliverables and expertise. 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.

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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Publicity for Congressional Candidates – Targeting Voters

By Michelle Soriano

Black women are changing the face of politics. MACIAS PR leveraged this narrative to secure a prominent media placement for our political client who is running for Congress. The headline for the story said it all: Blue Party say Hello to the Black Wave.

News One reaches more than 10 million unique visitors per month, with the majority African Americans. It’s one of the largest online platform for the African American community.

The article MACIAS PR secured revolved around three female Black politicians who are changing the face of the Democratic party. The report also included open dialogue about a shift in thinking among party leaders – and how our client is one of the few leading the movement.

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MACIAS PR on CNBC – Giving Crisis PR Advice

By Mark Macias

A reporter with CNBC called me last week on how I would manage the Papa John’s crisis.  (You can read story here).

I answered some of the reporter’s questions in writing – and not all of my answers were used. I think there is more insight that can help any company trying to prevent or manage a crisis.

Here’s a look at the other questions this reporter asked, along with my answers.

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Networking with Reporters – Meet the Press

By Mark Macias

I just got an email to “Meet the press, face to face, for three hours and demo the latest in tech, consumer or lifestyle products. It’s that easy.” The email continued, “Nearly 350 media attended our most recent NYC holiday event. Yes, 350.”

Oh, PR people make everything sound so easy.

Here’s a better question putting that into perspective. When you attend networking events and meet more than 100 people throughout the event, how many do you actually remember? If your memory is like most people, you probably only connect to 15 people. And as the conference goes by, you’re even less likely to remember who made an impression.

It’s no different with the media. During my time with NBC and CBS, I went to expos and trade shows. People would throw their business cards at me, hoping this one personal connection would lead to publicity. Sorry to break the news, but it doesn’t.

Here’s a better way to get the media interested in your story.

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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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How to get your Story on CNBC – PR Analysis

By Ariana Benhuri

CNBC is a global business news source with a reputation that is unrivaled. It’s typically the first source for executives when it comes to updates on the markets and business news.

Earlier this month, CNBC published a story that took a closer look at how technology was disrupting the weight loss industry. Much of the feature was focused around our digital health client and their technology. The story talked about how our client is more innovative in their weight loss approach. It’s a more virtual and personal approach that is customized.

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Get your Business into the Conversation – PR Examples

By Charlotte Knobben

If you want to get your business into the conversation, you can learn a lot from Starbucks.

Earlier this week, Starbucks dominated social media feeds and got everyone talking about their brand. It didn’t matter if you were on Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter, Starbucks closing their doors for diversity training was trending.

So why was this so intriguing to consumers and the media? It’s unusual for any business to shut their doors for training. Throw in a publicly traded company, like Starbucks, and millions of dollars were at risk for the sole purpose of training employees.

What can your business or brand do that is unconventional, unexpected or even progressive? You may not be able to shut your store for 4-hours, but perhaps there is another creative way to align your business with a higher cause.

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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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