MACIAS PR – Named the 2018 Strategic PR Firm of the Year

For the fourth year in a row, MACIAS PR is recognized as one of the best PR firms in the USA based on media and branding campaigns it led for clients in healthcare, technology, financial and nonprofit sectors.

This latest recognition comes from the ACQ5 Global Awards, which named MACIAS PR the 2018 Strategic PR Firm of the Year – USA. The award is given by PR and marketing peers based on media deliverables, industry expertise, and creativity.

More than 120,000 firms and publicists were nominated around the globe, but MACIAS PR was the only marketing and PR firm selected for the award. This is the second year in a row that MACIAS PR was named the ACQ5 Strategic PR Firm of the Year. In 2017 and 2016, journalists with Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the Financial PR Firm of the Year – USA and the 2015 PR Consultant Firm of the Year.

The founder of MACIAS PR – Mark Macias – said the firm’s strategy is rooted in journalism, editorial and programming principles that lead to coverage.

“MACIAS PR begins every campaign with a deeper look at the news and editorial value of the product or service we are promoting,” said Macias. “Journalism is the foundation behind every PR campaign we launch. It’s one of the reasons why we consistently secure top-tier media placements for our clients across industries. We understand the elements needed for a strong news story or feature. It’s not fluff with us.”

PR Accomplishments that Led to “Strategic PR Firm of the Year” Award

MACIAS PR secured prominent news stories for its clients with CNBC, People Magazine, ABC 6 in Philadelphia, Forbes, Men’s Health Magazine, CBS News and others over the last 12 months.

Macias was also quoted as a PR, branding, and crisis communications expert in several publications, including CNBC, Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, Media Post.

In July, CNBC turned to MACIAS PR for crisis advice involving one of the country’s largest pizza chains – Papa Johns. Macias told their readers how the crisis could have been better handled with a pro-active approach (link to story). Macias expanded on that story with a blog on the firm’s website, giving business owners and CEOs more in-depth crisis advice (crisis advice article).

New Clients in Healthcare, Consumer Tech, and Politics

MACIAS PR continued to grow in 2018 with new clients in politics, healthcare, digital health, entertainment, and tech. The firm launched and led media and branding campaigns for a general election Congressional campaign, consumer tech product, a new dating app and one of the country’s fastest-growing digital health platforms.

MACIAS PR also launched a marketing and media campaign for a new Off-Broadway play on the final hours of Elvis Presley’s life – “The King, The Final Hours” – which opens in New York City on Oct. 17.

Macias says the publicity his firm secured for the play has helped drive early ticket sales. The play has been featured on NY1, Brooklyn Eagle, Broadway Box, Rock and Roll Globe, Broadway World, Talkin Broadway, and others. Macias says his firm will expand into theater PR and marketing beginning in 2019.

“It’s getting harder for businesses to navigate this complicated media landscape,” said Macias. “You need an experienced and proven media strategist to stand out from the clutter. Our team is always working hard to make sure our clients get the best coverage that continually converts to revenue, sales and downloads.”

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.

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.

About the ACQ5 Awards

Since 2006, the ACQ Global Awards recognizes innovators and industry leaders across a spectrum of industries. The firms and businesses are nominated and selected by industry peers who understand the challenges and accomplishments within PR and marketing.

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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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PR around your Clients – Telling your Story through Customers

By Mark Macias

PR is more than just telling your story through the media. An alternative and equally influential media campaign will use customers to tell your story.

This form of PR, positioning your customers as characters, is very effective when it comes to hyping the quality of your services. Of course, it must be true. Reporters can read through hype when it’s not backed by substance. So how can you do this with your brand?

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What Media Deliverables can you Expect?

By Mark Macias

I conversed recently with a health tech startup out of Eastern Europe, looking for PR. Following our conversation, the company asked a straight-forward question via email: What kind of media deliverables can we expect?

Many PR firms promise the world during the sell, but fail to deliver once the contract is signed. I know this because I continually hear from potential clients on how they got burned by their last PR firm.

So how can you protect your business and brand to ensure you get the most exposure and best coverage?

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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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PR is like a River when it comes to Consistent Media Placements

By Mark Macias

A consistent and successful media campaign is like a river. It must continually move and replenish itself with new ideas. A fast-moving river lures you in with its sound, smell and eyes – and essentially appeals to your senses.

The best PR campaigns must also appeal to those same sensories.

Duration builds relationships with clients, but when it comes to media campaigns, time can frequently make campaigns more challenging.

How do you continually find that next big idea for the media interested? This is when brainstorming and curiosity become a major factor.

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PR Mistakes – Branding and Crisis Lessons from Airbnb

By Mark Macias

Airbnb has a powerful brand but its leadership team is making a crucial mistake that has the potential to destroy its revenue model.

I recently wrote an editorial for Luxury Daily that took a behind-the-scenes look at how the home sharing service is losing the media war.  Here’s a quick look at the 5 PR and branding mistakes Airbnb is making. Entrepreneurs and marketing executives can learn a lot from it.

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