How to Get a Story About You or Your Business in USA Today
I am often asked by clients to target USA Today for media coverage, and with good reason: USA Today coverage can have a significant impact on businesses and organizations. Here's why:
1. Circulation of USA Today: USA Today is the largest U.S. daily newspaper, with a Monday through Thursday circulation of over two million, and a Friday circulation of 2.7 million.
2. Additional Media Coverage Resulting from a Story in USA Today: Many media outlets -- TV in particular -- follow USA Today stories closely and do TV segments based on USA Today articles. So, if you're featured in USA Today, there's a good chance you'll receive coverage in other media outlets.
What are USA Today journalists looking for?
Here are some tips:
1. Hop on the hot news story. Sometimes, there's one story that the news is focusing on heavily (Hurricane Katrina, the Runaway Bride, etc.). Many times there are ways for your business to tie into the news of the day, which is pretty much all the media wants to cover. For instance, Hurricane Katrina is a hot news story at the time of this writing. In a USA Today story on gas prices related to Hurricane Katrina, a small business, gasbuddy.com, was quoted. In a story related to the financial impact of Katrina, a small business, Stone & Youngberg, a firm that deals in municipal securities, was included as a source.
2. Tie your business or organization into a current trend. USA Today rarely profiles individual businesses or organizations. But they will often include you in a larger trend story. For instance, if you make diamond jewelry for babies, you may not get your own business profile, but you may be included in a larger trend story about companies that offer "Baby Bling," according to Lifestyle Editor Kim Willis.
3. Offer several sources, notes Small Business Reporter Jim Hopkins. You may have a great trend idea, but if it's hard for the reporters to find sources, the story idea may die. Offering sources is one way to make the story happen -- and you can control the names you give.
So if you are looking for great media coverage, consider focusing on USA Today.
Copyright 2005 - Margie Fisher
Margie Fisher is president of Margie Fisher Public Relations. This information was excerpted from her Special Report "How To Get a Story About You or Your Business in USA Today," available at http://www.margiefisher.com. You can also learn about her Pay for Results Publicity Program? and her free biweekly PRactical P.R. newsletter at http://www.margiefisher.com.
Advertising by textad.biz
Go Ahead, click an ad, you know you want to.
Transparency in Online Transactions
In these days of every increasing demand and competition, there is a considerable choice available to the cautious consumer. People have the choice of various types of media, if they are looking to shop for any particular product.
How To Share Your Success Story Without Sounding Like You Are Bragging
A great way to celebrate your achievements and capitalize on your successes is to share them with your clients, members, community leaders, and other influential decisionmakers. But how can you do that without sounding like you are bragging?Tell the story of your success using one of these five approaches, which will work for newsletter articles, website content, and press releases.
Media Release Headlines - Ten Tips to Get Media Attention
So you have spent hours and hours writing, shaping and crafting your media message. You've worked on setting your objectives, identifying your target audience and working out how to reach them.
How to Keep PR Working for You
Managers in the non-profit, association and business worlds need to persuade outside audiences with the greatest impact on their operations to their way of thinking. And then move those external stakeholders to take actions that help their departments, divisions or subsidiaries succeed.
Publicity: Nailing a Media Interview, Part III (Staying on Topic)
In a media interview, always stick to your main points without rambling or digressing. Practice this when you rehearse.
Custom Reasons for Custom Publishing
Once considered the stepchild of the publishing industry, custom publishing now claims a legitimate slice of the B-to-B MarCom pie.Custom magazines, newsletters and sponsored supplements are becoming an increasingly integral part of the overall marketing program.
A Guide to Optimizing Public Relations Content
This guide to "SEOing" your PR efforts can help you get high-ranking search results for your press releases, marketing white papers and ezine newsletter content. Whether you are managing PR efforts for several online companies or just one website, you've probably wondered how you can increase your sites (more importantly, your work) overall impact in the Web community.
Public Relations: Power Tool for the 21st Century
I address this article to businesses, associations, non-profits and public entity managers seeking a direct connection between the money they're planning to spend on public relations, and the achievement of their organizational objectives.We can save a lot of time - you and I - if we can agree on one point: I believe that deep down - and I mean DEEP down - most chief executives understand that doing something about the behaviors of their most significant external audiences can rank in importance right up there with increased sales and earnings.
Three Publicity Tips for Marketing-Minded Financial Planners
Financial planners, the first thing to know about reporters is this: they are busy.Often, they are too busy to read a press release, too busy to wait for you to call back, too busy to find the "best" resource.
Public Relations: Why it Works
The short answer is, it works best when its fundamental premise is the guide, which insures that the primary focus of your public relations program is the behaviors of your most important outside audiences. Not less urgent matters like personalities, communi- cations tactics or administrative concerns.
Public Relations - Defining Your Organization from the Inside Out
What do your customers say about your company?Would you let your major competitor control your sales strategy?Public relations is an inevitable consequence of being in business. Whether you like it or not, your corporate image evolves with every interaction with clients, investors, competitors, and even between your own employees.
PR: Your 500 Pound Gorilla
What else, for goodness sake, could you as a business, non-profit or association manager, call a heavy-duty helper who does something REALLY positive about the behaviors of those outside audiences of yours that most affect your organization?And that uses the fundamental premise of public relations to deliver the kind of external stakeholder behavior change that leads directly to achieving your managerial objectives?And does it all by persuading those important outside folks to your way of thinking, moving them to take actions that help your department, division or subsidiary succeed?Man, that's one heavy workload for a very large monkey!And here's the core message he brings to you. Your public relations effort must involve more than news releases, special events and brochures if you really want to get your money's worth.
The MOST Powerful Marketing and Advertising on the Planet!
It sounds too simple to be true, but it really is..
The Working Case Study
Next to white papers, case studies are the most popular tool in the technical marketer's toolkitThe ubiquitous case study can range from a 3- paragraph online snippet to a full-blown magazine article. The most popular case study in the marketing/PR arsenal is the 500-700 word success story.
PR for Brand New Managers
Just promoted to manager?Here's something you need to know.Whether you are now a business, non-profit or association manager, your road to success really means achieving your new managerial objectives by altering perceptions.
Much Ado About A Lot!
I say public relations can be a matter of survival for your organization.So, to me, making your business a success is a lot over which to raise much ado!Especially when the very people who hold your future in their hands - your key, target audiences - may harbor negative perceptions likely to hurt you by turning into negative behaviors.
Writing A Press Release
News releases (also called press releases) are an important part of a public relations campaign. They are also an important part of marketing your business.
When Tactics Are Not Enough
Your public relations people are busy. The buzz is all about hits on a radio show or mentions in a newspaper column.
Managers, Which PR Is Right For You?
An effort built around a string of print and broadcast exposures? Or, a public relations initiative that delivers results far beyond simple publicity tactics. Namely, real behavior change among your most important outside audiences leading directly to reaching your objectives.
Marketing-Minded Financial Planners: Get Free Publicity by Choosing the Right Outlets
Sure, any publicity is good. But don't invest time and effort to be in "Lucky: The Magazine for Shopping" if your major topic is planning for college.
|home | site map|