Empire State Building and PR – What they have in Common

By Mark Macias

What does the Empire State Building have to do with PR? They both require a solid foundation to withstand the scrutiny of time.

MACIAS PR is located across the street from the Empire State Building, so every day I’m reminded of how to sustain an empire over time. Over the years, many buildings and businesses in Manhattan have come and gone, yet the Empire State Building remains.

That’s because of its foundation.

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PR and Content Marketing – How they Work Together

By Mark Macias

It’s no secret that all of the search engines use content in their algorithm to determine which websites show up first. Blogs are one of the most effective SEO tools for improving your search engine rank, and you should treat that platform with care.

We recently got this email from a company, trying to leverage our PR blog for their content marketing:

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Selecting the Best Healthcare PR Firms

By Mark Macias

When it comes to selecting from the best healthcare PR firms, don’t fall for a fast-talking publicist or sales pitch. Listen closely to their media strategy and approach. Ask them how they are going to get your healthcare product or service on the news? The best media strategists will know off the top of their head how they will position your brand. They won’t need to “research” a strategy – or in more simple terms – see how other PR firms would position your brand.

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Thought Leadership Starts with the Media

By Mark Macias

Your position as an industry leader primarily begins with how the public views your business and for most consumers, their perceptions are shaped by the media. This is why it is so important to get your story told first in the media. If your customers read about a competitor first, they are more likely to believe their product or service is superior.

Here’s some anecdotal proof.

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What has your PR Firm Delivered? Our 4th Quarter Media Report

By Mark Macias

What has your PR firm delivered lately? Here are the media deliverables Macias PR secured for our clients in the 4th quarter of 2016.

From September to December, our team secured a record number of TV placements for our clients – a total of 17 TV segments in seven different TV markets. It’s not easy securing a TV segment on the local news. It’s even harder delivering a TV story in a different market. Oh, and our clients are in different sectors, making this trifecta even more challenging.

But Macias PR did it. We secured TV segments on the local news in the #1 news market New York, as well as in Miami, Orlando and Tampa Bay, Florida; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas and with the national news outlet, Fox Business News.

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Why Health Tech and Healthcare PR Matters with the Media

By Mark Macias

In the media, being first matters because it positions your news department as the leader. As a result, viewers and readers become conditioned to favor one news outlet over another when news breaks.

It’s no different with healthcare PR when it comes to getting your message on the media’s radar. Reporters and writers will instinctively look to industry leaders first when it comes to getting comments or analysis on timely news topics. But in health tech, this leader position is even more crucial with the media.

Healthcare News Stories Provide Momentum

The health tech industry is advancing rapidly with new patient and provider services hitting the market every month. In some cases, health tech leaders are waking up and realizing there is a new competitor, providing the same services at a better cost.

Earlier this week, I spoke with a health tech provider in the B2B and B2C space. I was very familiar with their patient services because their competitor has a huge presence in the New York area. Their competitor also owns the news cycle in this specific health tech service sector.

In the case with this health tech industry, it is easy for consumers and healthcare enterprise to believe there is only one service provider in this space because Google News only refers to one firm in this industry. But that’s not the case. Both the health tech company I spoke with and the firm dominating the news started their companies around the same time. Unfortunately, it will get harder overtime for this unknown health tech firm to get on the news because the media will continue to turn to the industry “news” leader over time for analysis since they have already established a track record.

Healthcare PR pushes your Story to Reporters

We all know the media can influence the public’s perception and drive new leads to most businesses, but in the health tech industry, this influence is even more pronounced. If consumers aren’t finding your healthcare product because your competitor is dominating the space, then you are naturally at a disadvantage. It doesn’t matter if you have more VC money and more clients in the B2B space doesn’t assure tomorrow will remain the same. What matters is how your clients are seeing your health tech or healthcare company positioned with the media. Take a closer look and see what your business and customers are seeing when they Google your industry.

Macias PR was named the 2016 “Financial PR Firm of the Year – USA” and the 2015 “PR Consultant Firm of the Year – USA” by Finance Monthly. We have launched and led media campaigns for clients in healthcare, finance, tech and the nonprofit sectors. The founder of Macias PR – 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.

ROI Analysis PR vs Advertising – New White Paper

By Mark Macias

Macias PR has just published a white paper that takes a closer look at the ROI of PR vs. advertising. The paper analyzes three recent media campaigns that promoted two mobile apps and a local housing event in San Antonio.

Our team was able to secure nine TV segments for these clients in Arizona, New York and Texas. In addition, Macias PR secured magazine, newspaper, radio and online publicity with targeted local and online publications.

But how much would this organic news publicity cost had these clients took the traditional advertising approach?

PR vs Advertising – A Quantitative Look

This white paper breaks down the cost these clients would have paid for this exposure under an advertising campaign based on local ad market rates. You can read the white paper by clicking PR vs Advertising vs Marketing – A Media Case Study.

Macias PR was named the 2016 “Financial PR Firm of the Year – USA” and the 2015 “PR Consultant Firm of the Year – USA” by Finance Monthly. We have launched and led media campaigns for clients in healthcare, finance, tech and the nonprofit sectors. The founder of Macias PR – 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.

New Online Calculator Gives Cost of PR

By Mark Macias

If you have ever called up a PR firm and tried to get a quote for a media campaign, you know it’s not easy getting an estimate over the phone. And there is a reason for that. The cost for a media campaign varies based on your product/service, the complexity of your campaign and even who you want to target. Now, there is an online calculator that gives you the cost of PR without having to pick up the phone.

Free Online Calculator Reveals Cost of PR

Macias PR has just unveiled the first-ever mobile tool that allows any business or entrepreneur to get a PR estimate without picking up the phone. If you have ever been curious about whether you can afford a PR campaign, or even how much a PR campaign costs for your business, now you can find out with just a few clicks.

Of course, we are always here to answer your questions over the phone or via chat (green button at the bottom). But if you’re averse to speaking with people, our new PR tool will give you a more simplified process when determining whether a PR campaign is cost effective for your budget. Click here to test out our new PR calculator.

Macias PR was named the 2016 “Financial PR Firm of the Year – USA” and the 2015 “PR Consultant Firm of the Year – USA” by Finance Monthly. We have launched and led media campaigns for clients in healthcare, finance, tech and the nonprofit sectors. The founder of Macias PR – 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.

Media Case Study – PR vs Advertising

By Mark Macias

The week of September 19th was a big week for Macias PR. Our team secured a total of 14 news stories with local and national news outlets in TV, print, radio and online publications for clients in healthcare, health tech, finance and mobile apps.

Local TV played a crucial role with our team’s success, securing local TV segments in New York, Miami, Phoenix and San Antonio. On Friday, September 23rd, our team secured a TV segment on the PIX 11 Morning News for our health tech client, MD Acne. We also secured that same day a story on NBC 6 in South Florida for our nonprofit client, VAREP.

But Phoenix and San Antonio proved to be an even bigger week for our team. In Phoenix, we secured publicity for a mobile app on four different TV stations in Phoenix: 3TV, CBS 5, ABC 15 and a live morning segment on Good Morning Arizona. That’s right, you heard us right – four different local TV stations. We also secured two TV segments on two different TV stations in San Antonio with KENS 5 and KSAT 12, as well as stories with the San Antonio Current Magazine and KYKX radio.

Media Case Study – The ROI of PR vs Advertising

So how much would have these media campaigns cost if they were run as advertising campaigns?

Macias PR put together an ROI Cost Comparison of these two local media campaigns. We compared ad rates and ad times to the equivalent air time spent during these newscasts. I’m sure after reading this cost analysis case study, you will see why Macias PR was named the top PR Consultant Firm of the Year – USA by Finance Monthly and the 2016 top Financial PR Firm of the Year – USA. We were the only PR firm in the US honored with this recognition.

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Macias PR was named the 2016 “Financial PR Firm of the Year – USA” and the 2015 “PR Consultant Firm of the Year – USA” by Finance Monthly. We have launched and led media campaigns for clients in healthcare, finance, tech and the nonprofit sectors. The founder of Macias PR – 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.

Does Personality help with Healthcare PR?

By Mark Macias

Personality helps in life, but don’t rely on a bubbly personality to secure healthcare or health tech media placements. When it comes to stories of substance, a deep understanding of media strategy leads to medical coverage.

Earlier this morning, I spoke with a dermatologist who told me she spent “a lot of money” on her last PR firm and “they delivered nothing.” She went on to tell me how her PR firm couldn’t get her skin services publicity with TV or print.

Why Experience Matters with Health Tech and Healthcare PR

When it comes to securing stories with the media, medical stories are always a harder sell than traditional news stories because they are more complicated and have larger ramifications. It’s one thing to get a new dating app or restaurant app in the news because those stories likely won’t destroy the health of a person. But with medical and health tech stories, the potential for harm is a factor with editorial.

For example, we led a media campaign last year for a prominent healthcare center, Burke Rehabilitation Center, that published a study on how a lack of Vitamin B shows up in Alzheimer’s patients. Even though the study was published by a reputable organization, it was not yet peer-reviewed and as a result, the news organizations were slower and more cautious to pursue the story.

As one medical reporter told me, we don’t want to give false hope to people suffering from Alzheimer’s that Vitamin D will save them. As I was pitching this medical reporter, I used his concern to pivot to how Vitamin D can help younger people now and reinforced the story sell with the hospital’s distinguished record and long history. For the record, we did end up securing several stories and video segments on that study, including a big story with the Wall Street Journal.

A Great Personality Doesn’t Secure News Stories with Healthcare Reporters

But we didn’t use a bubbly personality or smiling face to get that story on the news. It was a serious conversation that involved substance. We secured the big media placements by selling these medical reporters on the details from the study and by communicating its impact on society.

So the next time you meet with a PR firm over your healthcare or health tech PR needs, make sure you aren’t seduced by personality or looks.

Macias PR was named the 2016 “Financial PR Firm of the Year – USA” and the 2015 “PR Consultant Firm of the Year – USA” by Finance Monthly. We have launched and led media campaigns for clients in healthcare, finance, tech and the nonprofit sectors. The founder of Macias PR – 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.