How PR can Improve your SEO – Digital Marketing Strategies

By Mark Macias

Just when you thought your SEO strategy was solid, Google changes the rules. The new algorithm impacted 90 percent of search traffic.

Of course, we all know Google doesn’t reveal details on its algorithm but one thing Hummingbird does reinforce is the importance of content.

So why the algorithm change? Google has trained consumers to ask questions when searching for results, so it was only natural this latest search evolution would place a higher emphasis on how your search looks for answers. Unlike the earlier years of search, when keywords were used to find topics with search engines, Google now places a higher emphasis on content that delivers valuable information.

What does Hummingbird mean for your SEO marketing strategy?

It means if you are creating content for your company blog, you should pose questions in your copy, followed by the answer. Or even better yet, ask the question with an H2 tag and answer the question in the next sentence (like the last paragraph did).

Here is an example of how this new strategy can help your SEO better promote your content.

If you own a business, you know the importance of ROI and PR. But what is the ROI of public relations? (You can download our white paper on ROI of PR by clicking here). Under the new Hummingbird SEO, your future content should be asking questions, like in that example. In the past, ROI and PR, may have led to a decent search ranking, but under Hummingbird, Google is now taking a closer look at content and determining which content is answering the right questions.

There is another important item that the new Hummingbird reveals.

Content is King on the web and if you’re not creating new content, your business is at a strong disadvantage when it comes to search engines. Yes, your business can pull out ads and market itself on Facebook, but when those ads are done, you lose your exposure. However, if you create solid content in your industry and answer key questions for your customer base, the overall ROI of that content will be much better than a pure ad play.

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Mark Macias is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS. He’s also the author of the communications book, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media. Macias consults small and large businesses on publicity, crisis communications and digital strategy.

The Cat and Mouse Strategy – It applies to 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 be able 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 Brooklyn, and every New Yorker will tell you – “if you have mice, get a cat and the problem will go away.”

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Why Credibility Matters with Every PR Campaign

By Mark Macias

Credibility matters in life, but it especially matters for journalists. Whenever you pitch a story to the media, the journalist is subconsciously measuring your integrity and experience. If the producer is going to invest time and energy on your story, he wants to make sure the idea has credence from the start so he’s not chasing false leads.

A lawyer pitching a story on corporate fraud or a teacher pitching a story on education reform will always have more credibility at the onset than a retired citizen who works part-time at the public library. The journalist will rightfully assume the lawyer and teacher have insider knowledge or expertise, which will lend credibility to the topic.

The credibility argument works for every story —not just scandals involving corporate fraud or education reform. If you are pitching a story on a jewelry designer, you need to establish that jeweler’s credibility. The reporter or producer listening to your idea is going to want to know what makes this jeweler qualified to speak about jewelry trends. Don’t assume the reporter will know why or how the person you are pitching is qualified to speak on the topic.

Do I have Enough Credibility for a Media Campaign?

So how do you determine whether you are credible enough to speak to the media? Here are a few questions to ask yourself when trying to establish credibility for your story.

*What makes you qualified to speak on this topic?

*How many years of experience have you spent in the industry?

*What part of your daily routine is spent reinforcing your expertise?

*What do you know as an insider that others would want to know?

You may possess a limited amount of expertise, but that shouldn’t stop you from continually trying to establish more credibility. Websites, op-ed articles, trade magazines can all lend credence to a person in search of credibility. Remember, the media needs experts for nearly every story because it lends credibility to their reporting. Even the salacious stories require insider knowledge.

So before you pitch your next idea, take a minute to make sure you have established credibility on the topic. Your news release should state why you are the person with insights into the topic. If you can communicate this expertise in the right tone, you will have a better chance of convincing a journalist to write about your business.

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Mark Macias is a former Executive Producer with WNBC and Senior Producer with WCBS. He’s also the author of the communications book, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media. Macias now consults small and large businesses on how to get publicity. You can read more on his firm at MaciasPR.

MACIAS PR – Why We Deliver Better Results

                               

MACIAS PR was founded in 2009 by a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. Journalists and marketing peers consistently rank MACIAS PR as one of the best PR Agencies 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, detailing these campaigns.

Our clients always work with an experienced media strategist. We don’t pawn you off to a junior account executive. And as a boutique PR firm, our communications process is streamlined, while our execution is hyper-focused.

PR Awards – Earned by MACIAS PR

Marketing peers named MACIAS PR the Strategic PR Firm of the Year from 2017-2021. As part of the selection process, marketing and PR professionals reviewed media campaigns promoted by our agency.

Finance Monthly also named MACIAS PR the 2015-2017 Financial PR Firm of the Year. And in 2021, City & State Magazine named our founder, Mark Macias, a Top 50 Political PR Power player in New York.

MACIAS PR has run B2B and B2C media and branding campaigns in healthcare, tech startups, financial services, asset management, nonprofits and service sector industries. We’ve secured big stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, People Magazine, CNN and others. (Here’s a closer look at our Annual Report ). We have case studies for all of these industries, backing up our consistent track record.

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Communications Crisis: Release Flood of Bad News or Drip, Drip, Drip?

By Mark Macias

It’s the perennial crisis communications question: 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.

How do you Release Bad News?

If your business is in the headlines with negative news – and more bad news is still buried away – make sure you get it out as quickly as possible. All of it.

You don’t want a drip, drip, drip because it gives reporters new elements to advance their story. Every new release of more negative information gives your story another element to gain traction.

The challenge with managing negative news is you must provide a solution that demonstrates why the problem won’t happen again. Without that element, the story is still unresolved. The public also wants to know why this bad incident won’t happen again.

And it’s more than just issuing an apology. Many politicians wrongly believe an apology will lead to forgiveness with voters. Yes – Americans are very forgiving, but they don’t won’t support a hypocrite. Yet, another reason to reinforce why this pattern for negative behavior won’t return.

MACIAS PR has run crisis campaigns for politicians, nonprofits and financial organizations. If you’re facing a difficult situation and need private consultation, feel free to email us and we’ll coordinate a time to speak.

Marketing peers named MACIAS PR the 2017 and 2018 Strategic PR Firm of the Year. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the Financial PR Firm of the Year. The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He’s also a frequent contributor with CNBC and author of the books, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media and the Tao of PR.

Media Strategy – Getting Stories on the News – Best PR Tactics

MACIAS PR recently published a social media post that showed Lower Manhattan through a different lense. It ignited a conversation in our office on why most PR firms fail when it comes to media strategy.

Strategy is a popular word in business, but in the media, it’s really over-used. Everyone claims to have a strategy, but few PR firms are able to capitalize on that thought process like MACIAS PR. And you want to know why? It boils down to our  perspective from inside the news room.

The founder of MACIAS PR grew up in the media. He didn’t grow up in PR like most public relations executives. In fact, most public relations founders pitched Mark Macias at some point in their career.

But this isn’t about the past. This post is about the present and how that perspective can help your business grow. MACIAS PR has a deep understanding in how editorial is created. We’ve worked with reporters at the local and national level – in TV, print and online.  Even today, many freelance journalists are a part of our team.

It’s one of the reasons why MACIAS PR was recently named the 2019 Strategic PR Firm of the Year. Our unobstructed view of the media helped us secure stories for our clients in 2019 with all of the big news organizations.

How much does PR cost?

PR is not easy. If your PR team is running into brick walls, reach out to us for a free PR estimate by clicking here. We’ll break down the chain link fence and give you a detailed picture on how we will take your firm to the top of the Manhattan skyline, positioning your brand as the industry leader.

Marketing peers named MACIAS PR the 2017 and 2018 Strategic PR Firm of the Year. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the Financial PR Firm of the Year. The founder – Mark Macias – is a former Executive Producer with NBC and Senior Producer with CBS in New York. He’s also a frequent contributor with CNBC and author of the books, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media and The Tao of PR.

MACIAS PR – 10 Year Anniversary Getting Clients on the News

The tech and healthcare public relations firm, MACIAS PR, is celebrating 10 years of business, growing from a boot-strapped agency into an award-winning full-service public relations firm.

Over the last ten years, MACIAS PR has led media and branding campaigns for clients in technology, healthcare/digital health, finance, politics and the nonprofit sectors. Their clients have ranged from boot-strapped startups with no messaging in place to established companies with international brand recognition.

In 2015, MACIAS PR won its first industry award when Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the PR Consultant Firm of the Year; In 2016 and 2017, Finance Monthly named MACIAS PR the Financial PR Firm of the Year based on the firm’s media deliverables and expertise; And in 2017 and 2018, marketing peers named MACIAS PR the Strategic PR Firm of the Year, awarding it the ACQ5 Global Award in public relations.

The founder, Mark Macias, started the firm after an extensive career with NBC, CBS, American Journal, KTVK and The Arizona Republic. He was Executive Producer with NBC, Senior Producer with CBS in New York, and Investigative Producer with the nationally syndicated TV program, American Journal. Macias started his journalism career with the Arizona Republic and KTVK-TV 3 in Phoenix. He’s also the author of the business book, Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media, and a contributor with CNBC.

“Potential clients and competitors always try to figure out how we succeed on such a large scale,” said Macias. “Journalism is at the root of our strategy. Our firm continues to dig deeper, searching for the best angles to position our clients in the news. We won’t promote fluff or engage in hyperbole. Instead, we look at the timely news cycle and find ways to position our clients in it.”

Macias credits that editorial approach with helping his firm secure prominent media placements with the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, New York Times, Bloomberg and others.

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MACIAS PR Releases Q3 Media Report, Detailing Coverage for Clients

​​​​The top tech and healthcare PR firm —​ MACIAS PR — has released its third-quarter publicity report, detailing the media coverage secured by the agency from July to September 2019.

In the third quarter, MACIAS PR secured prominent news placements with Newsweek, Forbes, New York Times, Washington PostPeople en Espanol, Channel 11 in New York, NBC in New York, News 12 in New York City, Cheddar and other news sites.

The founder of the firm, Mark Macias, said this latest media report reinforces how his PR agency delivers faster and better results than other agencies.

“If you go back and look at our Q1 and Q2 reports for 2019 — or previous years — you will see similar results,” said Macias. “Our PR firm consistently delivers solid media placements with the most influential news organizations. This quarter, MACIAS PR had a trifecta with stories in the New York Times, Washington Post and Newsweek for our latest political client.”

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Why the Best PR Firms Look Beyond Press Releases

The best PR firms don’t just stick to press releases with the media. Yes, press releases can help get an achievement, promotion or update on the record — and is great for content marketing. However, press releases are less likely to lead to attention or coverage from the media.

Why, you ask? PR Newswire isn’t where reporters, journalists or producers turn to for story ideas. They see right through press releases and know that they’re simply a different  — more sophisticated — form of advertising. 

This is why every successful media campaign requires a media outreach. This means manually researching and pitching reporters, journalists, producers and editors that would be interested in your story. 

MACIAS PR consistently secures coverage for our clients because we understand the value in reaching out to reporters via email, phone calls, social media – or even texts. Pitching directly to media is especially important for smaller businesses, including startups.

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How Top Tech PR Firms Help Reach Targeted Audience

It’s great to have a product or service that is for the masses, but when it comes to the media, your campaign will be more successful if you narrow down the target. The more targeted a media campaign, the better ROI it will bring to your business.

Just recently, we secured a profile story on our Congressional client on People en Español. This wasn’t just any media placement with the Spanish media – it was one that was extremely targeted and strategic on our end.

Our Congressional client wanted to reach the Latinx community so that she could introduce her brand to them. This is why we created a unique profile story on her and reached out to reporters with the largest Spanish readership in the US  – People en Español  – which reaches 7.1 million Latinx readers every month. 

This media placement is a perfect example of how our team works to secure targeted press coverage. We consistently introduce our clients to the public, getting their story told to the consumers they specifically want to reach. 

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. 

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