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10 Tips to Get into Print (or Online)

Posted on August 24, 2011

Getting into a print or online publication can be tricky, from writing an enticing pitch to trying to distinguish your press release from the hundreds of others sitting in the editor’s inbox. We drew from our own experiences with media relations to compile this list of tips to help you get published.

  1. 1. Be honest – Put your news to the test. Is it really newsworthy? Assess the entertainment value, proximity, prominence, timeliness, uniqueness and impact for the audience.
  2. Read your target publications– It is crucial that you know what these publications and broadcast stations care about and how they address their audiences, that way you can tailor your pitch to make it more appealing.
  3. Target the appropriate editors– And producers too. You will have a better shot at success if you send the tech piece to the tech editor, rather than to the lifestyles or calendar editor.
  4. Write a good release– Keep it factual and interesting to get your point across clearly and concisely. Associated Press Style is never going out of style so learn it and use it! Answer these questions within the first three paragraphs: “who, what, where, when and why?” Put opinions in quotations only and never make outrageous claims you cannot back up.
  5. Distribute the news through a reliable wire service– Make sure it gets to the appropriate audience, but don’t expect the wire service to do all the work for you! Send your news release with an individualized pitch to top editors/producers at your key 10-20 media outlets.
  6. Master the art of a good pitch– Keep it short but compelling. No more than three paragraphs. Give information that is not included in the release. If you can capture his/her attention in the first seven seconds, you will also capture his/her audience.
  7. If you really have a coup to announce, offer an exclusive angle to your number one media target– Or, embargo the news to the top three outlets that are likely to cover your announcement. Give them an early heads-up but ask them to hold the new until you are ready to release it widely.
  8. Include relevant visuals– A photo of a prominent person, interesting art, charts and graphs help to make a release more interesting. They’ll also get you more space.
  9. Don’t play hard to get! – After you’ve sent your pitch, follow-up by phone and make yourself available on a moment’s notice for an interview if the editor/producer is interested. Remember they are running on tight time schedules.
  10. Remember that a good PR agency just might be your best tool – We know the editors, the audiences and the pitch process that will land a story and gain success. A Good PR Agency will help get you the recognition that you deserve.

This post was contributed by Lexy Haynes, Clearpoint Agency Senior Account Executive.

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Celebrating Relationships Counts!

Posted on August 02, 2011

When it comes to public relations, relationships count. Heck, the name of the profession is practically public relationships! Building new relationships is certainly important in this industry, but it is equally important to strengthen and celebrate existing relationships by turning off the talk about strategy and goals, and just having a relaxing
time with your clients and associates.

As contradictory as it may sound, sometimes the best way to strengthen business relationships is to stop doing business! Invite your clients to a party, or out to dinner; spend time relaxing and chatting about anything other than work. Go to a sporting event, eat or enjoy some music…just have fun with them. People do business with people so it’s good to inject your individual personality and remind clients why they work with you.

A few weeks ago, we did just that. We hosted an Open House to thank our clients and partners for their continued support and to celebrate our new offices just blocks from Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

In typical Clearpoint fashion, the party was beach themed with sunset-colored flowers, tiki torches, and a mellow, world-beat band setting the mood for the evening. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we LOVE the beach!

  

We really wanted to focus on our new location, so guests enjoyed Mediterranean food from local caterers, local brews and fine wines, great music and each other’s company.  We also had the entire conference room filled with delicious bite-sized desserts from a local bakery. It quickly became one of the more popular stops on the office tour.

Special guest Denise Stillinger of the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy.

We were also proud to make a special announcement.  In honor of our new community, combined with our fondness for marine life and proximity to the San Elijo Lagoon, team Clearpoint was inspired to donate money and PR services to the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. Clearpoint will help promote its 25th anniversary of protecting and preserving the natural resources of the lagoon.

Special thanks to Denise Stillinger, president of the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, who was able to join us to talk about the lagoon and current conservation efforts, in addition to accepting our donation. We can’t wait to get the word out about all of the great work the Conservancy does.

Clearpoint staff and guests all had fun while strengthening existing relationships, celebrating our new location and reconnecting with clients and colleagues in an inviting atmosphere. In fact, we received such positive feedback from party guests that we are hoping to make it an annual event. We are so appreciative of everyone who showed up to celebrate with us and we hope you enjoyed your chocolate lollipop party favors.

Kool & the Gang’s 1980s smash hit said it best: “Celebrate
good times, come on! Let’s celebrate!”

Check out the slide show below for more pictures from our Open House!

This post was contributed by Kelsey Hollenbeck Clearpoint Agency Intern.

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