MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS. Journalists and industry peers consistently rank MACIAS PR as one of the best PR Firms based on our results.
Over the years, MACIAS PR has launched publicity, media and branding campaigns for companies from all industries. We’ve worked with boot-strapped startups as well as established international brands, securing publicity with the most influential news publications. We have client case studies in several industries available upon request.
PR and Industry Awards – Earned by MACIAS PR
In 2017 and 2018, digital marketing peers named MACIAS PR the Strategic PR Firm of the Year. As part of the selection process, marketing and PR professionals reviewed the media campaigns promoted by our firm. More than 80,000 digital marketing, PR firms and publicists were nominated from across the country but MACIAS PR was the only firm selected in the USA.
Finance Monthly also named us the 2015, 2016 and 2017 PR Firm of the Year – USA. Journalists with the publication reviewed our media deliverables, expertise and innovation in PR as a prerequisite for the award. You can read more on those honors and awards by clicking here.
Potential clients always assume that our media contacts lead to media placements. Just today, I met with a potential client who commented, “you must know a lot of people in the media.”
Yes, we do know a lot of people in the media. In fact, our PR firm is communicating, talking to, pitching and in general discussion with literally hundreds of reporters and producers a week. But guess what – our contacts didn’t lead to the media placements. Our strategy did.
Just like the above photo demonstrates, PR is a game that is won by strategy. You don’t win the game of chess by force or seduction. You win the game of chess through out-thinking, out-maneuvering and out-strategizing your opponent. It’s a critical factor behind the success of MACIAS PR.
The way you frame a story will always influence whether the media covers it. This is where perspective plays a role in how – or if – your story gets told.
Different stories need to be told through a different lense. For example, a CEO editorial must convey thought leadership from a perspective based on experience and insight. Likewise, a consumer brand trying to reach Millennials or women must connect with a perspective that their targeted customer understands. On the surface, it might sound simplistic, but execution and nuance run deeper than the the surface.
There is a general belief among publicists that a solid media Rolodex will get your client in the news. Even business owners are buying into this theory. Potential clients frequently ask me which reporters I know in “tech” or “political” or “fashion” — you name it.
They seem to believe that a friend or “contact” at the right paper or TV station will get their business in the news, but is it true?
What happens when you can’t get traction for a story, no matter how hard you pitch it? Or worse, when journalists tell you, “that’s not a story.”
When this happens, it is time to redefine the narrative. In journalism and PR, the story narrative is crucial to success. Without a strong narrative, there will never be a media placement.
During my years as a news producer with NBC and CBS, there were many times when I pursued a story only to discover that the story I thought I was pursuing was actually a different story. When this happened, we had two options – kill the story or salvage it.
As Executive Producer with WNBC, I oversaw a very large production budget that funded the Special Projects unit. At the time, GE owned NBC, so as every shareholder knows, GE was very big that you come under budget or you get fired.
There were many times when I approved a story idea and we invested money into the story, only to discover half-way through the story that it wasn’t there. This was when we had to put on our creative hats and think of a way to salvage the story.
NEW YORK, April 4, 2019 (Newswire.com) – The top tech and healthcare PR firm — MACIAS PR — has released its first quarter publicity report, detailing the media coverage it secured for clients from January to March 2019.
In January, MACIAS PR secured a TV segment with the top-rated morning show, the NBC Today Show, the showcased the world’s first smart belt, reaching more than 1.4 million viewers across the country. Over the course of the media campaign, MACIAS PR also secured publicity for the health tech client on Entrepreneur, USA Today, Forbes and others.
It’s the perennial crisis communications question for all industries: how do you control negative news once it’s out? And when you know more bad news is coming, how do you release it?
The end-game strategy of crisis communications is to get your business out of the news as quickly as possible. You don’t want a story to linger, or new developments to unfold because it keeps your story in the news cycle.
News is always about advancing a story. During my time as Executive Producer with NBC, we would frequently see a story in the morning’s New York Post or Daily News – and try to figure out how to advance it. No one wants to read old news. It’s why the phrase is a cliche.
Every day new information unfolds about your scandal, the more heavily favored your story is to remain in the news.
There are several critical elements that lead to earned media, but if I had to sum it down to one word, I’d say it’s “editorial.”
Earned media is not about advertising your services to reporters. Journalists aren’t there to listen to a sales pitch. Their job is to identify the news angle.
MACIAS PR works with clients in different industries – healthcare, technology, digital health, nonprofits, consumer services. Our team is constantly speaking with journalists, reporters, writers and producers about news stories, across journalism beats.
Even though our stories vary by industry, we never push promotional material to reporters. It’s a critical differentiator that separates MACIAS PR from other PR firms. We only sell the news story that positions our client in the center of it.
When I was an Executive Producer at NBC and Senior Producer at CBS in New York, I wasn’t easy to manage. In fact, my News Director with NBC in Miami told me bluntly, “Mark, you’re not easy to manage.”
In hindsight, I wasn’t a “yes” producer. I was always looking for the next big story to tell. And when we debated stories in the morning meeting, I continued to sell it even after the story was rejected. That approach must have worked because NBC promoted me to one of youngest Executive Producers in New York.
Fast forward to today. I just read an article in the Harvard Business Review that can help your business when it comes to managing creative people. It’s titled, “What Stan Lee Knew About Managing Creative People.” The article will also help you get the most out of your PR firm.
How to get the most out of your PR Firms
The best PR firms hire creative people. These agencies want to hire publicists who won’t quit even when reporters say no. As the owner of this PR firm, I want to hire publicists and researchers who will challenge conventional thinking. This approach is helpful in PR because it helps us deliver more interesting stories, which is the landmark of quality journalism
MACIAS PR takes this same approach with our media strategy. We continue to search for creative enterprise angles that haven’t been told before. And we are relentless. Just today, a CBS reporter said he finally sold his bosses on our story. We’ve been working him for weeks now and it paid off.
But what does this have to do with your business?
If you want to hire a creative PR firm, let them do their jobs. Yes, you know your industry but hopefully you trust them enough, along with their strategy.
Let your PR firm run and challenge the status quo by coming up with the best enterprise angles for your business. You will help your PR firm by offering new ideas and keeping your publicists alert of new developments. At the same time, the best PR firms – like MACIAS PR – will continue to search for new ways to position you with the media.
According to HBR, creative people need to keep busy; they want credit; they’re always dreaming big; and they want money. It seems like common sense, but if the Harvard Business Review published a study on it, maybe more people need to be reminded of it.
Give credit to your PR team, even if it’s just internally. It will work wonders for your business down the road when no one is watching. And if they’re helping you sell more products and services, tell them.
If you want to hear unconventional stories and creative narratives, reach out to us. I’ll give you a customized strategy over the phone that I promise will make you say, “I didn’t think of that.” Just let us do our jobs. 🙂
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.