Archive for December, 2006

Have Breakfast with a Journalist

Here’s a fabulous idea…

Breakfast with a JournalistIf you’re trying to build a relationship with a particular newspaper journalist – invite them to breakfast! 

Make sure you are very targeted in your approach and email your journalist about the idea – at worst they can say no!

Here’s some tips for your media meeting…

  • Relax and be yourself
  • Enjoy the informality of the occasion
  • Dress as you normally would for any given business day
  • Be on time
  • Introduce yourself
  • Be a good host and offer your burgeoning friend a coffee/tea to start
  • Start the conversation by asking the journalist questions like “How long have you been at (newspaper)?”  “What’s the most interesting story you’ve covered”  “What do you see being the latest trends in the industry”  Etc etc
  • Don’t go the ‘hard sell’ – this is about rapport & relationship building
  • Bring along some of your company information (business card, brochure etc)
  • And prepare for the meeting – be able to tell the journalist what makes your company/service/product a leader – what makes it different or better – what are you doing that others aren’t…
  • Ask the journalist if there’s anyway that you can help them
  • And last but not least, pay for breakfast!

Publicity Queen   Yours in publicity

Personalise Media Kits To Increase Publicity

Here’s some news hot of the press – so hot in fact that at the time of writing, the journalists who are on our media list for this campaign, have not even received their media kits yet…!

As you know journalists receive hundreds of publicity approaches a day, so it’s important to ‘cut through the clutter’ to use an advertising term.  One way to do this is to thorougly personalise your media kit – that is include a personalised letter (& product sample if possible) for your media contact.

Journalists get sick of all the gumpff (just making up my own words on the run here!) and if you can appeal personally to the journalist, you’re going to be far ahead of others who simply dish our their information with scant regard.

So, by way of example, here is a letter I’ve written on behalf of my client Kids Card who are launching a fabulous new childrens’ entertainment program.

Kids Card Media Kit Letter (Click for larger version)

So in our media kit we included the trusty media release as well as a personalised letter and better yet, we gave each journalist free membership to the Kids Card program for a year and printed their name on their very own card – how’s that for personalisation!

So next time you’re contacting journalists, try to think of ways in which to personalise your approach.

And I’ll keep you posted on our levels of success with this campaign.

Publicity Queen   Yours in publicity

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