Archive for May, 2016

Cliffs Notes on Unleveling the Playing Field for More Coverage

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

i-unlevel playing fieldA client expecting his first child lamented he wished there were Cliffs Notes for all the baby books stacked on his nightstand.  It got me thinking — I feel the same way about the amazing marketing webinars, blogs, podcasts, white papers and newsletters out there.  So many great resources and so little time to review them! I decided I’d start producing my own version of Cliff Notes on some outstanding content.  I promise to condense it down to under a five minute read, pulling out the golden nuggets so you don’t have to.

Below, find a condensed version of Cision’s 71 ways to unlevel the playing field and secure more coverage.

Connect with journalists on social

Invest in future

Connect with journalists on LinkedIn with a personal message and like their posts with a genuine and valuable comment.

Follow media on Twitter and Facebook

Share links to reporters stories

Act now

Track journalist hashtags like #journchat  and #URGHARO

Tweet facts, statistics and quotes from your story

Keep track of trending Twitter topics and pounce if appropriate.

 Produce interesting content

Invest in future

Blog often

Guest blog

Publish white papers and ebooks

Email newsletters

Act now

Offer exclusives

Conduct surveys or opinion polls

Provide video or infographics

Use company analytics to determine which topics need to be promoted

Network and showcase at events

Invest in future

Exhibit and connect with reporters at tradeshows

Speak at events

Act now

Hold a conference and promote panelists with video meet and greets

Give back to the community in a genuine way

Remember traditional pitching tactics (this is PR 101 for the seasoned PR pro but helpful if you’re new to PR)

Invest for future

Use a media database

Search editorial calendars

Subscribe to HARO (Help a Reporter Out)

Take an editor out for coffee and listen don’t pitch

Act now

Pitch by email and phone but be concise and compelling and honor an editor’s request for no contact at all or via one method

Newsjack: Tie your story, if relevant, to a current event

Write a timely press release: It must answer the question “Why Now?”

Promote your coverage via social media

Highlight your brand

Invest in the future

Apply for awards

Set up a digital newsroom

Showcase your company’s work-life culture

Act now

Offer demos of products or services before they go public

Consider giveaways in return for coverage

Announce anniversaries if you can also manage a news hook

If you can check off the suggestions above, you’ll be in good shape, but for the complete list, see Cision’s tipsheet.