Get Publicity in 3, Free Steps

by Melanie Rembrandt, www.rembrandtwrites.com on January 30, 2014

Time to take simple actions for big results!

How is your year going so far? If your business could use more sales, it’s time to take action.

Why not use publicity to get some free attention and help boost credibility for your business?

Here are 3 simple things you can do now to start generating press:

1. Research.

If you don’t already have it, find the name and contact information for a reporter at your local newspaper who covers your industry and the managing editor at a small, niche magazine who may be interested in your expertise.

Read what they’ve written and check out what is coming up in future issues in the online editorial-calendar.

2. Prepare.

Figure out the benefits you have to offer both media members – at no cost to them.
Can you be an expert resource for future articles?

Can you provide an opinion piece about a recent story?

How about an article about a hot, current trend?

Make a list and think about what you would want to hear if you were that reporter or editor. Practice your pitch.

3. Make the Call.

Now, call the reporter or editor directly. Introduce yourself and offer your expertise or an article at no charge. Mention that you saw a recent story and are interested in writing an opinion piece about it or an unbiased article about the same subject.

Then, see what happens. Since most local publications are running on tight budgets, they may be more than happy to receive some free content from a local expert.

And if this doesn’t work, write a press release with some valuable information in it (just follow the style of those at www.prweb.com or www.prnewswire.com) and post it on a site that caters to your industry and allows free, press-release-posting.

Boom! Instant publicity you can post on your site.

Repeat this process with more media venues, and soon you’ll start building buzz that brings in new customers. Now, that’s worth the effort…isn’t it?

For additional helps for building online awareness for your business, check out these entries.

 

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