Looking Forward to 2021 – MACIAS PR

I’d like to wish you and your family laughs, happiness, love and favor during this holiday season. Yes, it’s great to prosper in business but without happiness and love, what’s the purpose of work? And without favor, you really have no business. We all need favor with people and customers to grow our business. We need love to get up in the morning.

I also want to say thank you to our clients for giving us an opportunity to work with you. You have choices and options, yet you chose to work with MACIAS PR.

The nonprofit, NPower, is a great national organization that provides free work tech training to underserved communities. We’ve now worked together 3.5 years. It’s our second year working with the digital health platform, Lifesum. There’s nothing better than working with friends and with both of these organizations, I’m working with friends to build bigger brands.

MACIAS PR also got some new clients in 2020 across fintech, healthcare and politics. MACIAS PR launched three different media campaigns for Congressional candidates in Arizona and Illinois in 2020. I have no doubt all of those candidates are going places in the future. In 2019 and 2020, we worked with a member of Congress. She’s a great woman who I hope will get appointed to a cabinet position in the Biden administration.

There were also some hidden gems along the way that we helped – like the fintech, Flaist, and the digital health platform, Sleeprate. They are both revolutionizing the sleep and banking industry with their AI platforms. 

Putting Business & PR in Perspective

Personally, I’m excited to put 2020 behind me. I lost my father this year to Covid, and gained a son who is becoming the inspiration for my days. He’s the cutest kid. And of course, the office still has our team mascot “Einstein.

He’s in the photo above with me.

But enough of us. If you want to learn how relationships matter in business and PR, please email me. We can discuss a media strategy that works for your business. If PR is not right for you, I’ll tell you what I think.

Be blessed and good luck in the New Year.

Mark Macias

MACIAS PR Releases 2020 Annual Media Report

The top tech and healthcare PR agency — MACIAS PR— has released its annual media report, detailing the coverage secured in 2020. The list of prominent media includes Forbes, TechCrunch, CNBC, San Francisco Chronicle, Business Insider, New York Times, Politico.

MACIAS PR also secured targeted TV segments with CBS News, Fox News in Detroit, NBC Los Angeles, ABC Washington, News 12 in New York, NY 1 and NJ TV.

“It was a great year for our clients. We got their stories told with some of the most influential publications in 2020, even with the pandemic dominating the news,” said Mark Macias, founder of MACIAS PR. “As we look ahead, our media strategy and creative approach will continue to expand as we keep talking to reporters and producers.”

Marketing peers also named MACIAS PR the 2020 Strategic PR Firm of the Year. The ACQ5 Awards recognized MACIAS PR as an industry leader based on expertise, media deliverables and innovation. Macias also became a PR and branding contributor for Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine in 2020.

Companies interested in receiving a free PR quote can click here to get an estimate and proposal.

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Branding Fundamentals Critical to PR

By Mark Macias

Forbes recently ran an article,  “16 Branding Fundamentals New Businesses Should Remember.” As part of their research, their editors reached out to me asking what branding advice I have for their readers.

I didn’t want to give the obvious, so I thought about my own clients and mistakes I’ve seen them make over the years. Here’s what I told Forbes.

“The CEO is a crucial component for any successful branding campaign. Think Jobs, Musk, Zuckerberg—you know their companies. I’ve worked with a lot of brands that don’t like to use their CEO in the media and I don’t understand it. Any CEO must be receptive to speaking with the media, discussing business trends and thought leadership with reporters. The best publicists know how to leverage the CEO.”

Leverage Your CEO with Branding

A few years, our agency worked with a digital health brand that didn’t want to give us access to their CEO. I understand the CEO is likely busy, but the corporate gate-keepers actually made our job more difficult. How could we identify trends or position the brand as a leader if we weren’t given access to any of this insight?

I tried to share my concerns with their marketing team but they assured me the CEO didn’t want to speak with the media. Making this even more frustrating, their biggest competitor was leveraging their CEO for an IPO.

Don’t make that mistake. If you’re CEO, leverage that title and experience for media coverage. I understand if the CEO is shy, but the top sales guy needs to be over-exposed with the media.

Here’s more tips from other peers if you’d like to review that Forbes article by clicking here.

ABOUT MACIAS PR

Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the 2017-2020 Strategic PR Firm of the Year, and PR Firm of the Year. Our founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He’s also a PR contributor with CNBC and Forbes, providing media analysis, insight and crisis advice on timely business topics.

How Important are Media Contacts? Media Insider Perspective

By Mark Macias

With my media experience in TV at both the local and national levels, you’d think I would want to tell business owners that media contacts are our selling point. It’s true, I do have reporter friends and former colleagues across the US. 

But here’s the honest word: media relationships are only part of the story. Strategy always beats connections.

You can be best friends with the Executive Producer at Good Morning America. (Ironically, I am friends with the Executive Producer of GMA. We both were producers at Inside Edition and American Journal at the same time). But guess what – if I don’t have a good idea, he’s not going to return my call. This is where strategy comes into play. 

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CEO Strategies – Selling your Story to Reporters

Here’s a closer look at CEO strategies when you’re selling your story to reporters.

I’ve worked with a lot of CEOs and founders over the years. One mistake I frequently see CEOs make has nothing to do with what they say – but what they don’t say.

With any reporter interview, 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 assume reporters already know your business won a prestigious industry award, or learned about your innovations. It’s possible, but do you want to leave your selling point to chance?

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10 Factors the Best PR Firms Should Possess

There are several rules that MACIAS PR applies to every campaign we launch. I can’t elaborate on every critical factor but I will elaborate on the one rule from our playbook that delivers results.

News editorial. Our editorial strategy comes straight from the newsroom. As an Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS, I had a close-up leadership role in determining news placements. Our team – regardless of role – always applies these principals to our strategy and execution.

Here’s a closer look at the Top 10 Reasons why your business will get better results by turning to MACIAS PR. This list isn’t a sales pitch. If you read closely, you’ll see it’s an objective approach, just like the news media requires.

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How Much Does PR Cost?

It’s a common question every business owner wants to know. How much does PR cost.

There are many factors that determine how much a public relations campaign will cost. Is the campaign difficult? How many resources will be needed to pitch reporters? How much time is needed to explain the story to reporters. In a way, the PR industry is no different than the accounting industry. The complexity and resources needed determine the cost.

MACIAS PR has created an online tool to help you get a PR estimate quickly. You don’t need to spend hours on the phone, explaining your product. If you’re curious about the cost of PR, just answer a few questions by clicking here.

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Forbes Advice – Approaching Journalists Based on their Experience

By Mark Macias

Before I introduce my clients to a reporter, I always try to research the journalist’s background to get a better idea of their experience. It reveals more insight for my communication style with them.

I recently wrote an editorial for Forbes: How To Approach Reporters Based On Their Experience. It outlines how to approach these different reporters based on their experience. Here’s a condensed version of that thought leadership that was published by Forbes.

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Top Tech and Healthcare PR Agency, MACIAS PR, Releases Q3 Media Report

The top tech and healthcare PR agency — MACIAS PR — has released its Q3 media report, detailing the media coverage it secured for clients from July to September 2020.

In the third quarter, MACIAS PR secured national news stories, several local TV segments and online features that reached some of the biggest news organizations across the globe, including the New York Times, Politico, The Independent, The Hill, San Francisco Chronicle, and the UK Daily Express

In September, MACIAS PR secured a front page story with the New York Times that featured an artist and political activist who is using his art to empower voters. The international newspapers, The Independent and the Daily Express in the UK, also ran several features on the activist who secretly recorded President-elect Trump during a meeting with civil rights leaders in January 2017.

MACIAS PR also secured several TV segments for its digital health and nonprofit clients on NJ TV, Fox 2 Detroit, CBS Baltimore and NBC 4 Washington.

Mark Macias, the founder of the firm, says all of these media placements came during COVID when traditional news stories were harder to place. 

“Much of the media is hyper focused on the upcoming elections and COVID, yet we were able to find creative ways to help our clients stand out,” said Macias. “This media exposure is even more influential for our clients where consumers are constantly searching for updates. This is a captivated consumer during COVID, so news is even more powerful.”

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Can Artificial Intelligence work with PR? Forbes Editorial

By Mark Macias

A few years ago, a friend and co-founder of  a major retail startup asked me a question over dinner: Why can’t AI be used in PR?

He explained how AI was helping his startup sell products by predicting which products would be best sellers. If AI could help sell shoes and clothes, why couldn’t it work to sell news stories?

That conversation inspired a recent article I wrote for Forbes: Artificial Intelligence in PR: Is it Science Fiction. You can read that story here but if you’re short on time, here are the quick takeaways.

There’s not enough Big Data in PR to Use AI

You need billions of data points for AI to learn, grow and predict over time. But more importantly, you need quality data. If AI uses incomplete or unreliable data, it will never be able to learn and develop.

PR is nowhere near gathering this kind of big data for news coverage. But even if we did have big data on news generation, it wouldn’t have the critical thinking and creative mindset to create new enterprise stories from scratch. More important, this data would likely be outdated every 24 hours, meaning billions of new data points would need to be created from scratch every day.

Journalism is an Art – Not a Science

Micro journalism is one of the reasons why viewers can turn on the local news and see many stations starting with the same two or three news stories. But as the newscasts continue, that’s when micro journalism becomes more apparent.

News selection will begin to mimic its editors over time, and as editors change, so will the news selection. If AI pushed stories in the media, the ideas would all be the same since it’s trying to generate coverage that is most likely to be covered. If it’s that obvious, the story will already be in the news by the time AI suggested it.

The best PR combines critical thinking, creativity and intuition.

AI doesn’t have the critical thinking or creativity to create enterprise news angles from scratch. And based on my experience inside the newsrooms, I don’t see that developing in my lifetime. Another reason why I don’t see AI running PR campaigns is that it is difficult to conceptualize abstract ideas into a news story. Even the most experienced publicists have difficulty consistently placing stories across different sectors and media outlets. This craft gets even harder once you start factoring in the different editorial anglings of the local, national and trade mediums.

So if you hear new buzz about AI entering PR, put up your critical thinking and ask the solid questions that machine learning has yet to think of.

About MACIAS PR

MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by Mark Macias – a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. The top tech and healthcare PR firm uses strategies that stem from this background inside the media.