The Cat and Mouse Strategy – It applies to PR

This is an excerpt from “The Tao of PR” by Mark Macias.

Why does the cat always catch the mouse? When you think of how agile and quick a mouse can be, he should always outmaneuver the cat. Yet, nearly 100 percent of the time, the cat will catch the mouse.

That’s not just a fun question. It’s actually a way of thinking that applies to PR and business.

First off, I’m not an expert on mice or cats. I have never owned a cat and I hate mice. But as a person who lives in Manhattan, and every New Yorker will tell you – “if you have mice, get a cat and the problem will go away.” There’s a reason why everyone says that and I believe the strategy also applies to public relations and business.

The Cat and Mouse PR Approach

A cat traditionally studies its prey before it attacks. It tries to understand the mouse’s movements and agility in advance. It is also more patient. The cat takes his time approaching the mouse, waiting for the right moment to pounce while the mouse is preoccupied with the ground.

In the world of public relations, you should study and understand the journalists you want to pitch because you only get one chance.

If you fire off that story idea before it is completely developed, you risk losing an opportunity for coverage. Many clients want to see results quickly, and as a business owner, I understand. I want to see a high rate of return as well on my investments. But if the execution of the strategy is rushed and sloppy, you risk losing out on solid media placements.

As for the mouse, I will never understand why he continually gets caught. He is faster and more agile and should be able to run circles around the puffy paw.

I’ve watched mice move on the streets of Manhattan. Trust me, I couldn’t catch one in my house but I guarantee you I can catch a cat anywhere. The mice gets caught because he is afraid.

No Fear in PR

A creative media strategy requires confidence in an idea and strength with the execution. You can’t be afraid of creative ideas when pitching reporters. Sure, I’ve come up with some crazy publicity stunts and not all of them worked. But a good majority did. If I were afraid of failure, I would have missed out on the home runs. The same applies to your business. You can’t be afraid like that little mouse.

Finally, the mouse fails because he doesn’t think. If you have observed any mouse in a kitchen after turning on the light, you’ll see they don’t react to change well. Their bodies scramble without direction. It’s like they are immobilized by the sudden change in environment.

If you’re trying to succeed with media placements, you really do need to think like a cat but move like a mouse. If an idea doesn’t seem to be catching on, listen to the feedback of reporters. Are you missing an element with your idea? Does the reporter need more evidence to support the story? Be nimble and respond to their questions. Be like the mouse – fast, agile and quick to respond. Be like the cat – strategic on your approach, measuring the situation before attacking

In the cartoon, Tom & Jerry, the mouse always won because he out- thought the big, slow cat. Of course, that is the land of fiction, but since the Tom & Jerry narrative was created by a real person, I can now understand why little Jerry won every time the two battled wits.

Finance Monthly and ACQ5 5 – an international industry award – named Macias PR the 2017 and 2018 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.

Want to Reach Millennials? Here’s How MACIAS PR did it with a recent campaign

Millennials are now the largest consumer group in the US, with more than 75.4 million members. It’s no wonder brands and companies want to target them. They set emerging trends and with their growing economic clout, Millennials will become a more influential consumer based.

We recently secured a media placement for a dating app startup that wanted to reach millennial women. But it wasn’t just any Millennial publication. Nearly 80 million readers turn to Bustle for information and conversation around the interests and issues women deal with today.

This media placement was targeted and effective, leading to thousands of new downloads for our client. It positioned our client as more innovative than other dating apps, with a more personalized approach

So how did MACIAS PR secure this influential and targeted media placement?

Targeted PR Placements with Influential Publications

We can all relate to the struggles that come with being single and dating around. But young, single millennials – especially those who read Bustle – certainly relate to them a little more.

PR is best for business when the execution is perfectly targeted.

MACIAS PR doesn’t spray random reporters and pray for a response. We are targeted with our approach and always thinking of fresh angles to position our clients in the news. This is why we specifically chose to pitch our client to Bustle – and secure them a placement.

If you’re looking for an edge in business, reach out to me. We can schedule a call and discuss your goals.

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.

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.

The MACIAS PR Depth – Our Expertise and Strategy

By Mark Macias

The depth and expertise of MACIAS PR goes deeper than most other PR firms.

If you look at our roster depth – and the types of media campaigns we run – you will see a diverse portfolio of clients. And not just in simplistic B2C industries, but also complicated B2B industries.

MACIAS PR has led media campaigns for Congressional candidates, dating apps, consumer products and apps, weight loss programs, compliance and law firms. We’ve also run B2B media campaigns for pharma, healthcare and healthtech platforms.

Despite the diversity of those clients, one thing remains consistent. MACIAS PR continually delivers tier one placements with the biggest name in news. So how do 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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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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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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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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Clients in the Media – MACIAS PR Accountability Report


By Mark Macias

Memorial Day is right around the corner, but MACIAS PR is not in vacation mode. We are still securing media placements for our clients with magazines, newspapers and TV.

The week leading up to Memorial Day Weekend is notoriously difficult when it comes to securing media placements. I can say from experience, TV newsrooms are understaffed as reporters, producers and photographers request vacation days to maximize the long holiday weekend.

Despite that obstacle, MACIAS PR secured two TV segments for clients in Baltimore and Philadelphia. We also secured a story with the largest newspaper in Houston. And our clients are in two national magazines. You can see those placements in the above photo.

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Best Social Media Strategies for Brands and Business

By Christina Iemma

Social media strategy is a key component for generating sales and driving business leads. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter are more than just sources of entertainment. They allow companies to brand themselves and accessible to consumers.

MACIAS PR firm has run social media campaigns for service providers, politicians, restaurants, bars and others. We leverage creativity, videos, programming concepts, animated ads and pop culture to introduce our clients’ brands into targeted news feeds.

Our strategy creates an emotional connection with their brands and their clients by creating strong content and connecting with their audience. Our end result is more followers, better brand recognition and even exposure.

Research from Statista shows that 81 percent of Americans had a social media profile last year, and it will continue to grow throughout this year.

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