Are you burying the lead?

In professional journalism, to “bury the lead” means failure to emphasize the most intriguing part of a story. In content marketing, it equates to not drawing attention to information that will pull on people’s emotions and cause them to act. Media Relations Agency follows processes that prevent us from burying the lead. Ever. 

You can probably remember a time when someone exclaimed: “I have something important to tell you!” Then they talked for several minutes before getting to the point. By that time, maybe you were still paying attention. But they’d probably lost your full focus. 

Burying the lead in content marketing is a common mistake. It can cost you missed promotional opportunities because others don’t see the value of sharing your story. It can also cost you sales.

Here are two safeguards Media Relations Agency has in place to prevent our clients’ leads from going missing.

  1. Our Strategically Aimed Marketing processes. At the start of any campaign or project, our certified marketing strategists spend time thoroughly understanding and prioritizing a clients’ value points, points of differentiation and other variables that will make our marketing content compelling to the target audience(s). That information is communicated to our entire team, and referenced frequently as materials are produced. As important, these variables are consistently reviewed and updated to ensure we stay onpoint. 
  2. Our Media-Grade Content® process. Our Media-Grade Content is written from the media’s perspective. Our standards are set high. Everything written or edited for our clients’ releases, articles, blog, social media, website, emails and collateral materials would pass journalists’ stringent litmus tests. This lens improves the impact of our marketing content, and gives audiences stronger reasons to engage with our clients. 

To excel at any craft or skill, you must first master the basics. The ability to tell a clear, compelling story is the essential foundation of all good marketing. 

Media Relations Agency is a trusted product marketing agency with more than 30 years experience. We can ensure you are communicating the right information, in the right way, to your customers and prospects so your business can grow. 

Call us at 952-697-5269 or use this form to learn more about all the different ways we can help you tell your story. 

 

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Written by Robin Miller

Robin will coordinate the writing for your newsletters, social media posts, website, blogs, newsletters and press releases. “I like interviewing clients and spokespeople, hearing their stories, getting to know their personalities and listening to how they phrase their thoughts,” she says. “It’s fun to transform what I’ve learned from those conversations into media-grade content.” Robin enjoys shaping content to ensure that the message will be clearly received. “When someone understands the relevance of what they’re writing and can position it properly for their audience, their work tends to be more convincing and on point. I’m fortunate to have a very diverse background, which gives me a good perspective whenever we bring on a new client.” An IABC- and Mercury-award winner, Robin says her practical experience in the health sciences has proven particularly beneficial as she interprets clients’ scientific information for mainstream media. “But it’s no longer sufficient to write well,” she cautions. “As marketers, we must now comply with the intricacies of digital marketing. That involves a whole set of rules, which are constantly evolving.”

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