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PR Equals Free Publicity

    • 40 posts
    November 25, 2011 1:54 AM EST

    Public relations are very important for small business. It is one of the most powerful avenues available for small businesses to promote themselves.

     

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    March 15, 2013 8:22 AM EDT

    I've been in PR for nearly a decade and I was a reporter before that. There's quite a bit more that goes into the PR recipe than crafting a press release. While stevemc offers some solid points, I'd like to elaborate on a few crucial areas:

    Take the time to get to know the media outlet and the particular person you are pitching. Read/watch/listen before you send anything or pick up the phone.

    Think of yourself as someone who can help the media craft a compelling story that happens to involve you. Go beyond the mindset of "getting free press". Put thought and effort into coming up with a hook that will interest the audience of the media your pitching. Help the reporters, producers, etc by providing graphics, video, customers willing to be interviewed and other sources. Be collaborative and you'll be remembered the next time you contact that person.

    stevemc alludes to having a good hook in his post, and this is so true. I just want to hammer home the point that it's really hard to capture the attention of the media. You'll have a better chance of doing that when you have a compelling story idea that fits what they cover and what their audience wants (so make sure your targeting media that aligns with your audience). Then be gracious and helpful to them through the whole process. 

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    • 7 posts
    February 19, 2013 4:01 PM EST

    I have some issue with calling PR "free" publicity. There's a lot of time and skill that goes into PR. Although, as a small business owner, you may be able to do some of those duties yourself and not have to pay money to someone else, it is still taking time away from other aspects of your position. 

    Also, securing a media placement is not an equivalent to advertising and should not be compared as such. 

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    November 29, 2011 7:38 AM EST

    Great points, Stevemc. Another avenue to promote free publicity would also be that of conferences and/or seminars. Attending such gatherings will give you the opportunity to learn something new about different individuals having different opinions and perspectives but with same goal in mind. You get to communicate and build relationship in a more personal level and interact with such individuals who are set with their plans of what they are there for and what they want. But above all, in your mission to promote your business, these gathering would already do it's work for you as it's a niche-ready, which you may or may not venture to target as market in the future.

     

    Cheers,

    Emma

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    December 12, 2011 6:41 AM EST

    I found interesting points but how to get to all of them it sound easy

    but it's good to try if you know how...

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    October 22, 2011 2:33 PM EDT

    There are three key areas of public relations you can use to boost your advertising results ten-fold over your paid advertising.

    The key to public relations lie in:

    • Public relation or publicity
    • Merchandising
    • Promotions

    With a solid plan in place that encompasses all these areas, you’ll have a great approach to use public relations in the best way possible.

    Public relations include all that is the media. Don’t limit yourself. The attention of newspapers, television, radio, magazines, bloggers, ezines and more are all equally powerful. Online marketing is just as, if not more, important as conventional media.

    Here are the steps to get noticed by the media:

    1. Put together a press release for your company. The press release should be relevant to your target market and address consumer interest, not just announce your business.
    2. Compact your press release to include one hook and one angle. Choose the most attention-getting to make sure the media person you are sending it to is interested in reading it.
    3. Put your press release in professional formatting. With press releases you need a dateline, the most important information at the top, facts, figures and wrap it up with contact details including who and how. Print the press release on your letterhead.
    4. Send your press release to all television and radio stations, local and metro newspapers, national newspapers, industry magazines, and any other form of media that reaches your target market. Don’t forgot to include relevant blogs, ezines, press release submission sites and to industry professionals.

    More importantly than a perfect press release is to make sure you have addressed the needs of your target market in the products/services you offer and made that clear in the press release. If you are provided people a solution to a problem, a way to avoid a problem and an opportunity to enhance their life the media and public will be interested.

    If you have a connection (or the ability to get a connection) with a celebrity, this can practically guarantee you’ll get attention. Make sure you are offered newsworthy information, and then follow up with media outlets to make sure they are publicizing that information.

    “One of the most powerful techniques every business should use is free publicity. As the name implies, there is no cost, just the time and effort required to attract attention to your business.” Jay Abraham

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    December 11, 2011 7:47 PM EST

    Thank You for this Posting. But sorry, some Points i am not agree.