Everyone has a story
to tell and for those of us in business, it needs to be told
well and in the right places. "All of us are experts at what
we do but most of us aren't experts at telling our stories",
according to Jill Lublin, owner of Promising Promotion. "If
no one knows about our business, it's definitely not going
to grow. Positioning is everything and knowing what the media
is looking for will get you the attention that you deserve.
You are the news; the news is about people like you."
that once your "ooh-aah story" and press release have been
put together, it is time to contact the media. Select the
medium - radio, TV, web, or print - that's appropriate to
your business, whether national and / or local. If you plan
to use magazines, consider the trade or consumer specialty
publication geared toward your audience's interests. Once
you have put together your life, you are ready to spread
her upcoming book, Guerrilla Publicity, Lublin found
that the media shared a number of do's and don'ts. Here
is the top five in each category:
send information if:
there are untrue claims;
2) the releases are too long;
3) you don't have the correct person, names are misspelled,
or people are misidentified;
4) you don't know your message or "hook"; and
5) don't whine if they say no.
for the do's:
have clarity of message and show credentials and experience;
2) create stories that are genuinely news;
3) be persistent but have consideration for their time;
4) have knowledge of their market whether they're viewers,
listeners, or readers; and
5) create a unique presentation.
take time to develop so each contact should be handled in
that context. Most importantly, you should follow up within
three days for local media and within five for national.
And remember, when your story is "in" the news, it "is"
take the time to get the attention you deserve!