Public Relations Agency Secret: Consistent Process Creates Great Results

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The value of your business increases as your audience reach and recognition expands. Create awareness, investor interest, and competitive advantage. Select Media First to help achieve success, funding, IPO, or acquisition. We work together to attain goals of:
  • Targeting and reaching the audiences that purchase your hardware, software, or services
  • Generating awareness and interest in your venture, through PR to these target audiences
  • Crafting the value proposition of your offerings and firm
  • Writing Press Releases that are compelling - and in the language of your audience
  • Blending these efforts with integrated marketing and your overall corporate strategy
  • Accomplishing goals to create new customers, grow revenues, and raise valuation

A business’ perceived value is increased by the third party endorsement of key business and technology media outlets (Online, Print, TV, Radio, Newsletters, Blogs, etc.). 

Proposal and Agreement

Company principals, who are personally involved with and responsible for your success, listen to your goals and constraints. They price a package of PR, speaking opportunity management, analyst relations, or marketing services to fit the specific goals of your organization. The agreement states the rights and responsibilities of each party, including a balanced non-disclosure agreement. 

PR Agency Plan - Your Plan

MediaFirst prepares documents that cover the strategic and tactical plans for your publicity, detailing: key messages that you wish to convey - by audience; corporate positioning - especially desired, future position; spokespersons; potential Press Release topics for the next 90 to 180 days, etc. Also, we agree on related tasks, such as Speaking Opportunity Management, Analyst Relations, Blogger Relations, inbound marketing, blogging, integrated marketing and PR efforts.

Editorial Calendar (EdCal) - Editorial Opportunities Where Your Company Deserves A Say

We develop an Editorial Calendar (EdCal), identifying upcoming stories that should include your firm. About six months in advance for monthly publications, we contact editors to fit you into key stories in targeted publications. This is a very forward-looking effort that pays off well for our clients. The number of publications targeted is proportional to your fee.

Press Kit

A Press Kit explains why your spokespersons and firm are well qualified to comment to the press. Common elements include Press Releases, bios of each spokesperson; a corporate profile or backgrounder;  possibly supporting corporate collateral; explanatory bylined articles or white papers; other supporting bios - if desired, such as the Board of Directors or a Board of Advisors; all packaged and contained within a simple presentation folder.

Media Outlets List, Which may Include Bloggers for Blogger Outreach

Together, we select media outlets (magazines, radio shows, TV, and web news sites) with a readership (listener/viewer base) that reach your target audience. We combined our prior media contacts with any new research to find the the media contacts, reporters and editors, on the beat covering your technology or industry. This list builds upon our proprietary list of media contacts, through whom we established a long track record of success.

Press Releases - These Are Of The Latest, Search Engine & Social Media Press Release Design

We write press releases on the subjects of your deals, new product or service offerings, hirings, and office locations. These are subject to your review and final approval. We also employ an unique tactic of writing issue-based press releases, which position you as an expert and cite your vision of industry changes or reactions to breaking news. These issue-based press releases propose story ideas for reporters/editors, provide them with useful commentary on today's issue, or supply surveys. To distribute your news, we call reporters, send e-mails, transmit faxes, and - when warranted - use news wires.

The Interview: Teeing You Up For Press Opportunities 

We uncover opportunities to be quoted, mentioned, or covered in detail. The secret is to be available, timely, interesting, informative, and quotable. You are the expert. So, help the reporter understand industry issues and developments. Regard reporters as an influential conduit to your audience. Our mutual goal is to get you in the story. In some publications you are quoted straight from the press release. Most often, your press release gets your foot in the door, but the reporter wants an interview. You are most responsible for getting quoted. Allowing us to schedule interviews works best and lets us coach you on what the reporter wants.

Web posting and updates: Press Releases, media coverage, etc.

Online, news-related information may be presented as:
  • "Press Releases" issued by your venture
  • "In The News" (Media coverage)
  • "Articles": White Papers or bylined articles
  • "Press Kit" page (or area within "Press Release" page)
  • Blog Posts covering, e.g., industry trends, market issues, your company initiatives, etc.
  • Related pages, such as: "Industry Analysts", your "Events", or the firm's "Newsletter"

Briefing Book

When you attend trade shows or industry conferences, we leverage your presence by scheduling press interviews with attending press. To support you, we documenting your on-site interview schedule, including a bio of the reporter and thier currenty story assignments in a "Briefing Book". We are available to attend trade shows to leverage industry contacts, work the booth/stand, facilitate press interviews, research competitors, & uncover industry issues

Monthly Report: Process Guarantees Delivery Of Results

The best measure of press, media coverage, is seeing your firm's name in print. Therefore, we concentrate on creating results, not reports. The Results/Status Report lists the articles in which your firm will appear or appeared, date of issue (forecasted or actual), title, reporter, and interview date. Reports typically list the opportunities pursued, interviews secured, award applications filed, byline article submissions, or other task status of both parties.

Forecasting Provides Confidence Of Success

We forecast your PR results by maintaining a list of reporters with whom you interviewed. We track the projected future date that your name will show up in print. Often, the forecast looks six months ahead, because of the long editorial lead times of monthly print publications.
 
These days, comprehensive measurement of PR placements (hits) includes the extended reach of social media via social networks, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Tools, such as social clipping, online and print clipping services, and the very many alternative Web-based search tools can provide some measures of press coverage. These sweep virtually all online activity. Print clips are available from larger publications. Most tools track Web links, but capture a lot of meaningless information if poorly configured.
 
If you understand this PR process and maintain realistic expectations, you will be very satisfied and well-rewarded with great press coverage.
 
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