This entails raising awareness about different brands and connecting them with the relevant target audiences through different media channels.
Here are nine tips for ensuring effective media relations:
1. Have objectives
Before writing and pitching a brand's or company's story to the media, it is important to first have clear and realistic objectives about what and why you need to communicate and who your target audience is and to set measurement targets.
This will assist you to determine which channels to use and producing clear messaging that will reach the right target audience.
2. Have dedicated content writers
Once you have a clearly defined media relations strategy, it is good to have a dedicated content writer other than a media relations specialist who will write compelling and newsworthy content, including eye-catching media releases.
3. Build relationships with the media
As part of your media relations, it is important to build relationships with key media. This takes time but could make the media more amenable to publishing your stories. This, in turn, builds a brand's credibility, which can assist in attracting new clients or customers.
4. Create a media database
Creating a dedicated media list with relevant media contacts helps to ensure that you are sending the media release to the appropriate individuals who will find it interesting and possibly publish it or request an interview.
It is also important that the media list is updated often, as journalists tend to move between publications and other media outlets.
5. Have a media spokesperson
It is good for brands to have fully trained media spokespeople who will navigate media interviews.
6. Create compelling pitching
When pitching to the media, it is important to ensure that your pitch is compelling and relevant to that specific media outlet. It is advisable to do ample research beforehand to ensure that a similar topic has not already been covered in the same way in the recent past.
7. Track your media mailing list
Having software that allows you to track who has read the media release or has unsubscribed will ensure that your list is kept up to date. It also means you don't keep pitching to people who have indicated that they do not want to receive further communication from you.
8. Note media feedback
Always take note of the feedback you receive from the media, as this will help in structuring future content.
9. Measure success
It is advisable to have tools and metrics to measure the success of the media relations objectives; this will also help to establish whether you have managed to reach the relevant target audience and achieved a return on investment for the brand in question.
For more information, visit www.flowsa.com
. You can also follow Flow Communications on Facebook
or on Instagram