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How To Get FREE Media Publicity With Your Short Announcement

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Every day radio, TV, newspapers, and ezines give away millions of
dollars in FREE publicity. There is nothing like waking up in
the morning to the sound of your favorite radio announcer
enthusiastically recommending your product, service, or idea.
Your good reputation can spread far and fast, virtually over

Usually businesses send out press releases to get their news to
editors. But there is something many editors like even more: a
media announcement.

Media announcements are short. They usually have a headline, a
paragraph or two with more details, and contact information.
That's it.

Here is an example:



Marty and Melda, the stars of the hit movie "Kids Alone" will
appear at Rotworth Cookies, 1010 State in Centerville, to explain
why they insisted on Rotworth Cookies for the movie. The treats
are prominently featured in a key scene and are essential to the
film's plot.

Date: Saturday March 3.
Time: 10 AM

Contact: Roger Smith, Rotworth Cookies


Try your hand writing your own media announcement. You can use my
media announcement creator at Simply enter your contact
info and a few sentences about your business and--presto--your
announcement is created and emailed to you.

Editors like the short, simple, easy-to-grasp format. When you've
got 100 press releases crossing your desk, a QUICK message is
always welcome.

Use your headline and paragraph to focus on the "juicy" part, as
I like to call it. In the example, stars from a hit movie
appearing locally was the juicy part. It's the hook that an
editor knows will interest many people in their audience.

That last point is the key to getting press. It's not what YOU
feel is important, it's what the EDITOR thinks her audience
is interested in that counts.

Most media people instinctively believe they can interest the
audience in only a few stories at a time. They know their best
bet is to connect new stories to topics that already have the
public's attention.

Look for ways to connect your story with topics the media covers
frequently. Media love celebrities, scandals, community
improvement, and politics. They love science and technology
stories when they pertain to our health or scare people (I know,
it's a cynical point, but a key factor, especially in TV news

Media especially like local angles on a national or international
story. If Congress is about to pass a controversial law
affecting cookie production, Rotworth Cookies can get local
coverage by explaining how the law will impact its many
employees, all who are local citizens known by many in the

All media like controversy, but talk radio likes it most. One
smart radio programmer once told me "if talk radio doesn't have
controversy, it's dead." TV likes events that are visual.
That's why you see the mayor opening a new store with a GIANT key
or the CEO of a business giving a GIANT check to a charity.
Newspapers deal more with ideas and what people said. Make sure
you have some interesting, colorful, or pithy comments ready for
the reporter that calls.

How do you distribute your media announcement? Call and tell
your news to the person in the newsroom who answers the phone.
Then email, fax, or regular mail your announcement. It doesn't
hurt to do all three (some editors might get annoyed, but most
aren't that organized and appreciate you making sure they get
multiple opportunities to use the material).

Above all, make sure you are ready and available to provide more
details. The entire point of a media announcement is to get the
editor interested and on the phone with you. Many like to email.
Provide several phone numbers where you can be reached and an
email address you check often. Many times a reporter will call
you hours or minutes before deadline. Fail to get back with them
quickly, and your story will be skipped.

Some editors may say "send me more!" Have a
press packet ready. This could include an expanded version of
your media release. Add more information to it to get a full
page press release. Photos also work well if you regular mail
them or put them on a web page. A link to the page can go in your
press release.

A cover letter isn't necessary, but it's a good idea to include a
bio sheet. Tell what your business or organization does, how you
got started, your history, and your plans for the future. Be
sure to include quotes that could be used in an article or on the

Broadcast media--radio and TV--like a list of questions they can
ask you. You can also provide the answers to the questions.
This can work well for print media as well.

What editors really want is for you to help them do their job.
When I was in media, I gave away thousands in free publicity. I
never looked at it as giving away publicity, just as looking for
interesting stories my audience would appreciate. If a business
helped me do that, then I was more than happy to give them a
"plug," mentioning their name and product.

Be persistent. Send just one media announcement out and you
probably won't get much response. Success comes when you
consistently look for ideas or events to tell the media about.

The biggest PR successes haven't come from great stories as much
as from small business folks who just won't give up. Take out a
calendar and jot down events you could stage over the next few
months. It might be an event at your store, one you put on with a
local charity, a new section of your web sitePsychology Articles, or you as activist
in a local controversy or cause.

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Kevin Nunley writes press releases and sends them to 5,000 media
nationwide. "I've never seen a business that couldn't get free
media." See his PR deals at Reach Kevin at or 801-328-9006.

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