Who Are You Pitching?
As the founder of Rembrandt Communications®, LLC, www.rembrandtwrites.com, Melanie is one of the country's top, public-relations consultants, an SEO copywriter and a published writer with over 20 years of extensive experience and an excellent track-record for success.
She specializes in helping entrepreneurs get the attention and credibility they need via targeted public-relations and SEO copywriting efforts (including Web site copy that sells, newsletters, eReports, social media, blogs, SEO press releases, e-mail auto responders, direct marketing, and more!).
Melanie offers tips and insights via her blogs and monthly newsletter, "Rembrandt Writes Insights®." And she provides in-depth training presentations to various businesses and organizations nationwide.
Melanie is also the author of "Secrets of Becoming a Publicist," published by American Writers & Artists, Inc., "Simple Publicity," published by 1WinPress, StartupNation's "7 Steps to Successful Public Relations," and the host of the SmallBiz America Radio Channel, "PR and SEO Quick Tips with Melanie Rembrandt."
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Last week, we looked at the first step to getting some free publicity to help your business boost sales. Now, here’s the second step in our “7 Steps to Successful Public Relations.”
“Who Ya Gonna Call?”
Once you have a PR Plan in place, it’s time to get smart with a good dose of research. In this day and age, the media are constantly bombarded with hundreds of emails, faxes and phone calls. The challenge for you is figuring out how to stand out and get noticed. This is something that may be broadly achievable, but more than likely, it’s achievable only on a case-by-case basis, depending on the interests and style of individual journalists.
To have a successful, public relations program, you really need to know what each of your targeted media members is looking for and how your business fits into current industry trends and news. The only way to accomplish this is through research. Before pitching any media member or sending out a single press release, ask yourself:
“Why is this reporter going to care about this particular story? Is it really newsworthy?”
Develop Your List of Media Venues.
Read, watch or listen to the publications, radio programs, television shows, and websites on your media list. Who are the appropriate reporters writing about your industry or business trend? Which reporters will be interested your business news?
Once you answer these questions, find the appropriate media contact information. Discover the best way to reach each of these media members by looking online or calling each media venue and asking the receptionist for contact information.
Create a Media Contact Database.
Get organized by creating a spreadsheet for all of your current and future media-contact data. Include the media name, venue, e-mail, phone, fax, and any other pertinent information. Also create a space to document conversations with reporters and other notes. And remember to review this data often to accommodate for frequent staff turnover at the various media venues. You can also use contact management software that may make data entry and reminders more easy and effective.
By conducting the appropriate research upfront, you’ll avoid wasting time, money and effort later on. Plus, you’ll create valuable relationships with key media members who can help publicize your business.
Want to Know More?
Check out all of the free details in our “7 Steps to Successful Public Relations” at http://www.startupnation.com/steps/77/3856/1/1/public-relations-action-plan.htm. By taking some time to research and prepare for your pitching-efforts now, you’ll be that much closer to that feature story!
Do you need help reaching your business goals with public relations, SEO copywriting and marketing but just don’t have the time or resources? Please contact me here or at www.rembrandtwrites.com. I’d love to hear from you!