When you are writing a press release you need to make sure you have a great story. The fact that you are interesting and offer a great service is simply not enough. The best stories are human stories for example one of your client's success stories (used with their permission). But something slightly unusual is likely to get more coverage. Do you treat animals for example? Your story needs to resonate with the reader so make sure you do your research as to which publications to target and who the reader is likely to be. Once again if you have a niche you would target the media accordingly. If you specialise in working with pregnant women then maternity magazines seem an obvious choice. Be careful here though. We once were featured in the Daily Mail with a piece about baby massage. Wow, fantastic you would think huh! In fact we were absolutely deluged with calls –99% of whom we couldn’t help as they were too far away. A local piece would have been much better. So if you specialise in pregnancy the local National Childbirth Trust newsletter would be a far better and easier publication to target.
When you send a press release, make sure you include pictures as they paint a 1,000 words and when you are following up the release with a phone call, which you must do consistently, time your call when the journalist is not meeting a deadline for going to print - they will be frantic!
Take care of advertorial offers. This is a cross between and advert and an editorial piece that you buy at quite a price. Buyers can see through it and the basic rule of advertising is that an advert needs to be seen about 6 times before it is really noticed, now that is really expensive!
It is not totally unlikely that as your expertise develops you will be invited for an interview. Be prepared! It could happen completely out of the blue!
Here are some tips of what to do when being interviewed by the media, courtesy of Yvonne Wilcox, from the institute of complementary medicine.
If you are in front of the camera:
Other points to remember:
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