journalism

3 reasons for failed pitches

If your media relations efforts are met with radio silence, you might be committing one of these mistakes. Here’s how to fix it.

Here are three common pitching foibles, along with how you can fix them:

1. Hogging the spotlight

Though you are writing a pitch to introduce a journalist to your brand and share why they should cover your story, don’t make the mistake of making it all about you.

Instead of touting all of your organization’s or client’s recent accomplishments and introducing outstanding new product offerings, make the pitch about the journalist and their readers. Share why your story will benefit them; you’ll be more likely to catch their attention.

2. Lengthy prose

It may take many paragraphs or pages to tell your full story, but writing a pitch is about spelling out the basics and teasing the journalist about the newsworthy qualities of your brand.

[RELATED: How to create shareable content by “newsjacking” breaking events.]

It’s best to leave out most of the information in favor of a few key details; if the reporter wants the full story, he or she will ask you for it.

3. Press release fatigue

A press release may cover all of the necessary information you are trying to convey, but they can bog down journalists who are looking for news.

Try pairing a press release with a quick email introduction highlighting its main bullet points and key takeaways. The reporter will appreciate you taking the time to craft a separate message and simplify the story.

Writing a pitch that’s only about you or your brand, drafting drawn out messages and flooding inboxes with press releases are good ways to ensure your emails end up in a reporter’s trash folder.

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  mesogio   Dec 04, 2015   journalism, media, PR/Media, press   Comments Off on 3 reasons for failed pitches Read More

The present and future of press releases. The year is 2015

“Press releases will evolve. When was the last time you read through an entire press release? Proofreading your own releases doesn’t count. Just as other forms of communication are changing, so are press releases. Look for visual content to further infiltrate press releases, as the standard text-heavy format become less popular in the coming year.” […]

  Max Terrorist   Jan 23, 2014   journalism, PR/media, press, proofreading   Comments Off on The present and future of press releases. The year is 2015 Read More

3 reasons for failed pitches

If your media relations efforts are met with radio silence, you might be committing one of these mistakes. Here’s how to fix it.

Here are three common pitching foibles, along with how you can fix them:

1. Hogging the spotlight

Though you are writing a pitch to introduce a journalist to your brand and share why they should cover your story, don’t make the mistake of making it all about you.

Instead of touting all of your organization’s or client’s recent accomplishments and introducing outstanding new product offerings, make the pitch about the journalist and their readers. Share why your story will benefit them; you’ll be more likely to catch their attention.

2. Lengthy prose

It may take many paragraphs or pages to tell your full story, but writing a pitch is about spelling out the basics and teasing the journalist about the newsworthy qualities of your brand.

[RELATED: How to create shareable content by “newsjacking” breaking events.]

It’s best to leave out most of the information in favor of a few key details; if the reporter wants the full story, he or she will ask you for it.

3. Press release fatigue

A press release may cover all of the necessary information you are trying to convey, but they can bog down journalists who are looking for news.

Try pairing a press release with a quick email introduction highlighting its main bullet points and key takeaways. The reporter will appreciate you taking the time to craft a separate message and simplify the story.

Writing a pitch that’s only about you or your brand, drafting drawn out messages and flooding inboxes with press releases are good ways to ensure your emails end up in a reporter’s trash folder.

 

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  Max Terrorist   Jan 23, 2014   journalism, media, PR/media, press   Comments Off on 3 reasons for failed pitches Read More

Instant, intimate and intrusive

Companies are increasingly faltering then failing on the digital communications front while they cling on to an outdated concept of corporate comms as enshrined by the precious company policy line.

Seeing the forest for the trees

Seeing the forest for the trees

The jig is up. The curtain has fallen and we’ve caught you with your underwear down.

By its very nature social media is instant, intimate and intrusive. Whether or not they perceive it as a help or a hindrance, companies need to recognise that social media is a force to be reckoned with and consumers will not back down.

Recently, Groupon co-founder and chief executive Andrew Mason sent an email to the organization’s staff to announce that he was leaving, he clearly didn’t hold back; “After four-and-a-half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today.”

Refusing to tow the line, Mason must have left the comms team in a head spin, drafting out all sorts of press statements and running things through legal quicker than you could say ‘Fired!’

Mason’s story is one of intrigue. Even if the former CEO doesn’t go down as a martyr in his cause, he certainly held up a mirror to the nature communications. As communicators we have a duty to present a company in its best possible light, however, the way communications is developing, particularly social media, businesses can no longer seek shelter behind the rehearsed and exhausted company line. Consumers appreciate that things may not always run smoothly but more so they appreciate honesty.

Business leaders and chief executives are finding themselves becoming the face of their brands. Whether or not they were dragged to such echelons kicking and screaming, that’s where they are and they must embrace it. Social media doesn’t allow for a retraction or a quick delete. There is always someone watching or waiting in the wings for an answer. So give them one. Acknowledging weaknesses is a way to maintain integrity and more so a human face behind all the corporate speak.

Trying to subterfuge your way through the public domain should be left to the spokespeople over at the European Commission – Businesses should not expect such nondescript reactions. Take for example, the mass firing that occurred at HMV earlier this year, angry workers were tweeting live from the HR office; “There are over 60 of us being fired at once! Mass execution of loyal employees who love the brand.”

HMV maintained the usual corporate game-face through its administrators Deloitte who echoed doleful words of regret that “such decisions are always difficult and that it is a necessary step in restructuring the business to enhance the prospects of securing its future as a going concern.”

The response was met with customers who commented that they had no sympathy with HMW for the way they’d dealt with their employees and even going so far as to praise free-streaming and illegal downloading of online material.

Corporate communications has helped companies to save face in tough times, however, in these times, companies must not fail to realise they are dealing with a consumer with a lot more tenacity and digital tools than ever before.

 

 

 

  mesogio   Mar 21, 2013   digital media, infographics, journalism, social media, Social Media Strategy   Comments Off on Instant, intimate and intrusive Read More

Our bread and butter…

What we have learnt over the years here as a team – is that providing texts, sounds or images to our clients in order to raise their profiles – is not in fact what we are really all about.

What we are really all about is finding out what makes our clients’ clients or users tick – in the space of a few seconds, telling them why they need to read, see or hear what is on offer (unique messaging) and why they would consider buying (or buying-into) the brand.

And more importantly this needs to be done as lucidly, rapidly and transparently as possible within that tiny window of time.

We developed a very simple infographic today to let you all know that amongst a handful of useful services – these kinds of infographics will also feature as part of our offer line-up in 2013.

So enjoy the last few days of this year, accumulate some energy and saddle-up cos 2013 looks like a fun ride…!

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  mesogio   Dec 29, 2012   Copyediting, copywriter, Copywriting, Digital Media Production, infographics, journalism, Marketing Support, simplification, social media, Social Media Strategy   Comments Off on Our bread and butter… Read More