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America’s got talent-ed content writers (or maybe not)

To win the content competition, differentiate yourself by writing media-grade content for all of your owned, shared and paid promotional channels. That means that the content written for your blog, website and collateral materials must meet the same stringent standards as your press releases and pre-written articles. Writing with the media judges in mind will help your content always take center stage. Without it, your content may never win the competition or your target audience’s attention. Writing media-grade content takes talent!

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Tradition is for family recipes. Not publicity pricing models.

Traditional methods are fine for spaghetti sauce and pie crusts. Not for publicity pricing models. At Media Relations, Inc., we break with tradition and charge our clients per media story we arrange, not by the hour we work. Our pricing structure is performance-based and we have been awarded a national trademark for our unique Pay Per Interview Publicity® pricing model. So with us you’re not paying someone just because they tried.

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How fast can this publicist pitch your story?

Ten seconds. That’s how much time Publicist Jennifer Hanson has to catch reporters’ or producers’ attention when she calls them. So, she pitches our clients’ stories in a short and precise manner. Here are some other techniques Jennifer uses to arrange wide-reaching publicity for our clients. Jennifer pitches stories the brave and personal way: over the phone. She explains, “We call the media, not just send e-mail. I research writers before I call them, and I pitch them their kind of
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When should you start planning your summer media coverage? Now!

Timing is crucial to obtaining media coverage for your product. You need to start planning stories about summer topics while you’re still wearing a jacket to work. Our publicists are currently working with reporters and producers on the warm-weather story angles that the media does every year. If you want your product to be included in our co-producing dialogs with news producers, we need to know soon. If you could listen in on our phone conversations, you’d hear publicists co-producing news
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Pay Per Interview Publicity convinces more customers for less money

Publicity can be a vastly better value than traditional advertising. Years ago after we arranged for a client’s story to run in the Wall Street Journal, we called the publication to ask what the equivalent amount of ad space would cost. The shocking price was around $180,000. I remember thinking, “That’s the cost of a house!”  Our fee then for arranging that article was less than $10,000. Not only was the publicity we arranged more engaging than an ad, it was a fraction of the price. To
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Find out what your company must do to attract media coverage

Your company or product may be able to grab the media’s attention like a Super Bowl MVP. Businesses or products can attract the camera’s lens, earn more media coverage and social media shares, and get noticed by a wider audience. How? By being more mediagenic. Mediagenic is our word for content that is compelling enough to meet the media’s high standards and get featured in their stories. When your company is featured in media stories, a wider audience learns more about you from a believable,
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Top three marketing budget considerations for 2015

How much money remains in your 2014 marketing budget? Do you want get more results out of your 2015 budget? Here are three tips to consider. 1. If you need to spend the rest of your 2014 budget, so you can get the same or a bigger budget for next year, send whatever is remaining to us. We’ll start working on a dynamic publicity campaign to kick off 2015 that will make you look like a superstar. 2. To make a splash with media coverage next year, it’s best to start sooner rather than later.
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Extra! Media Relations jazzes up ClearCause PR; founder sings praises.

What do CNN, Fox News and 60 Minutes have to do with jazz? After Media Relations tuned up ClearCause Foundation’s marketing program, interviews with top media outlets have been music to the ears of Founder Sheryl Hill. We believe strongly in giving back to our communities. By supporting others in need, we are helping to create a stronger and more harmonious world. In addition to our robust pro bono program, our team members are actively involved with various fundraising and awareness-raising
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No media coverage in the works for your product this month? Now that’s a scary thought!

Halloween is almost here, and I hope that the seasonal “cobwebs” don’t also describe your marketing program. If you’re using tired, worn-out tactics, you could inadvertently be scaring away customers. Right now, we’re advising our clients to start dressing things up. Doing something fresh and new will grab customers’ attention, and reassure them that spending their hard-earned money on your product is still a treat. So let’s run through some of our ideas for brewing up success. I promise,
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Are you getting the marketing response you deserve? Probably!

So your press release did not grab the attention of the media.  You only got two responses to your blog post; your tweet didn’t get any retweets; your Facebook post received only a couple likes; and your website attracts lots of traffic but no one places an order. What are you doing wrong? This is so frustrating! Don’t beat yourself up!  With more than 25 years of learning from our successes and yes our own rejections, we have refined our process of creating media–grade content! Learning
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