Category Archive for: Media Relations

The Essential Elements of an Effective Pitch

The Essential Elements of an Effective Pitch

During my first year at SHIFT, I have learned several pitch writing techniques and seen some success, but I’ve also had days when I’ve received radio silence from reporters. It can be a challenge to generate an exciting pitch when there’s a lack of news or SME availability, but the key to grabbing a reporter’s…

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A Podcast Primer for PR and Marketing Professionals

A Podcast Primer for PR and Marketing Professionals

There’s no denying the media landscape is changing. As people consume media in new ways, traditional news channels – newspapers, magazines and broadcast news – face a new contender: the podcast. Popularized in part by the true crime show ‘Serial,’ which recently broke records for its season three debut, podcasts have become a household staple…

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3 Places to Surf Ahead of the News

3 Places to Surf Ahead of the News

For centuries, humans rode waves as a form of transportation, from ancient Polynesian cultures onward. Surfers swim out into turbulent waters and find a wave to match speeds with. The basic idea then is to be ahead of the break, riding the wave to the shore. A similar phenomenon can occur in marketing and public…

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Catering Email to its Audience

Marketing e-mails are fairly easy to fall to the wayside. You and I, despite our best spam filters, get them all the time from people we don’t care to hear from or have any business dealing with. The concept gets turned onto its head when those emails are necessary and sincere, whether this means marketing…

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Three Ways to Maintain Post-Earnings Momentum

In Wednesday’s blog, we covered strategies to prepare for earnings announcements, from surveying the competitor landscape, to creating killer media vetting processes, to drilling down to targeted coverage areas and more. The next step involves rolling out your post-earnings pitch strategy. For PR professionals, pitching anything “after the fact” might seem foreign, counterproductive or even…

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Tackling Quarterly Earnings With a Targeted Media Approach

The PR game changes when working a public company. As a PR professional, you not only need to consider the complex structure of the publicly-traded organization (and how your media outreach efforts impact stakeholders beyond the company itself); but you’re also tasked with driving coverage around investor-related news. Enter, quarterly earnings announcements. Pitching earnings is…

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maximize news

How to Work with Your PR Firm to Maximize News

So far in 2018, 101.9 million articles and 5.6 million news blogs have been published online, according to a search on media analytics tool Sysomos. Through its own newsroom, Facebook issued 31 corporate and 24 product announcements. In 2017, nearly 22,700 venture capital deals were struck according to CrunchBase. What does this all mean? Getting…

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Media Relations 101: Knowing When & How to Pivot

You’ve drafted your pitch, found your media targets and crafted the perfectly pithy subject line. You’re confident that the angles you’re pitching are strong and timely and will be of interest to the media and their audiences. But what happens when your media relations efforts aren’t as successful as anticipated? Whether you’re an AE on…

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reaching influencers

A New Approach to Reaching Influencers

It’s no secret that the discipline of earned media has always played second fiddle to paid media — but that may be finally changing. We now have the ability to target opinion formers directly and use paid media to amplify their voice and distribute content, making the role of paid secondary to earned, owned and…

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Lobbying

Lobbying for Your B2B Client or Pitch Idea

I was recently speaking with a lobbyist that works with a client. The lobbyist was explaining his role, not only on behalf of my client but also more generally, including his job description and goals. He stressed that while most people think a lobbyist strictly influences laws or policies to benefit a company or organization,…

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