19
Oct

4 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Potential Sponsored Content Partners

Posted by: Brian Eng in: Media Relations -

Brands are always looking for new ways to connect with their target audiences, and sponsored content is becoming an increasingly popular addition to the marketing mix. Content partnerships with publishers allow brands to gain readers’ attention and trust by providing something of value – either information or entertainment – in a credible context.

But even the best content won’t perform if it’s placed in the wrong medium. So how do you determine which outlet is right for your content? Assuming the publication offers a package that matches your budget, here are four questions to ask yourself:

Does your content fit with the publication’s focus and style?
While sponsored articles must be clearly marked as such to avoid misleading readers, the content should still appear native and fit in with the reader’s overall experience and expectations. Whether your piece is a lighthearted listicle, an infographic-heavy explainer or an in-depth think piece, you’ll want to pick an outlet where it will seem at home. The content should feel organic and brand right when coming from the publication under consideration.


Does the publication reach your target audience?
Dig into the publication’s audience data to ensure that the audience aligns with your brand’s target, both demographically and psychographically. Demographics (age, gender, family composition, household income, geographic location, etc.) tell who the audience members are, while psychographics (values, concerns, interests, lifestyle, etc.) explain what motivates them. The more data you have about the publication’s audience, the better you’ll be able to determine whether you have a story to tell that will be of interest to these individuals – and that will get them to click, listen or watch.

Does the collaboration align with your campaign goals?
Consider the purpose of the overall communication campaign. Is it creating brand awareness, generating leads, driving traffic to your own media channels or establishing thought leadership, for example? The publication, content format, distribution strategy and timing will all need to support those goals.

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23
Aug

TACKLING CRISES: AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE

Posted by: Lisa Heathman in: Media Relations -

Crises in the news hit record levels in 2017. The Institute for Crisis Management tracked 801,620 crisis news stories during the year, an increase of 25 percent over 2016, and there are no signs of slowing in 2018. While not every crisis can be avoided, you can prevent some and mitigate the impact of others by understanding what fuels a crisis and taking preventative measures.

Facing the perfect storm

The combination of a 24-hour news cycle and competitive media environment, coupled with the always-on nature of the internet and social media, creates a perfect storm for brands caught in a difficult situation. News and information travel at unprecedented speeds, and individual voices of consumers – not just of media or influencers – can stretch far and wide, leaving brands at the mercy of whatever negative situation may arise.

News stories break from many directions, well before traditional media engage or can assess and report. Plus, as stories ramp up quickly on social media, traditional media may move faster than is prudent to capitalize on its popularity. Consumers, social media and traditional media now expect immediate responses from organizations, and stories may run before an organization has had time to fully process a situation and formulate a response.

In an environment that makes it very difficult to think and act clearly to get ahead of a storm, brands need more than a crisis plan for a challenging situation. A crisis plan is just part of the equation; the other part is prevention.

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06
Nov

3 Ways to Elevate Your Next Media Pitch

Posted by: Megan Moran in: Media Relations -

In the PR world today, it is hard to break through the noise and get your pitch noticed by a publication. The media is swarmed with email pitches every day, so how will your pitch stand out? Below are three ways to connect with a writer and get your pitch  the attention it needs.

 

  1. Find out who is writing about your topic
  • By using media monitoring tools and specific keywords, you’ll be able to find which journalists and publications cover your space. This will ensure that you are reaching out to the right people, which will ultimately make your story more appealing and not waste the writer’s time.

 

  1. Reference an article they recently wrote regarding your topic
  • This piece of the puzzle is very important because it will show the writer that you are truly interested in them and what they write about, which will make the writer more intrigued…
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