Showcase Your Experts to Generate Media Attention and Grow Business

Some of your most important assets for securing interest in the media as well as educating your buyers are the experts who work at your organization. As a part of a virtual newsroom or other appropriate place on your site and blog, highlighting your employees is a great way to generate attention.

When reporters are looking to quote someone in a story, having a name, photo, bio, and examples of content makes it much more likely they will want to conduct an interview. This is especially true when you are newsjacking.

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Hillary Clinton is Newsjacking her own Benghazi Committee Testimony

This week, Hillary Clinton and Simon & Schuster, the publisher of her 2014 memoir Hard Choices, made chapter 17 “Benghazi: Under Attack” completely free on the book’s site. All 35 pages are available with no registration required.

I find the timing of this offer fascinating because Hillary Clinton is scheduled to return to Capitol Hill tomorrow to give testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. She is, of course, a candidate for President of the United States so the stakes are high for her appearance before the #BenghaziCommittee.

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Marketing and Public Relations Then and Now

The brand new 5th Edition of The New Rules of Marketing & PR released last week in the USA. It is shipping now from Amazon and other online sellers and is available on Kindle, Google play, iTunes, and other ebook formats now. Physical bookstores in the USA should have stock now and over the next weeks the book should make its way to other markets around the world.

The new release gave me a reason to revisit some of the “old rules”. But I went further to think about some of the ways that marketing and PR has changed in the decade since I started writing the first edition.

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Learning from Jack King: Visionary of Real-Time Content Marketing

Jack King passed away last week at age 84.

He was a marketing and public relations pioneer as important as Edward Bernays, David Ogilvy, Steve Jobs, and Walt Disney. 

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Public Relations is about Buyers. Not Clip Books.

In the early 2000s, I was vice president of marketing and PR for two publicly traded companies.

Back in the day, I spent millions of my companies’ dollars and thousands of hours of my teams’ time trying to get mainstream media to pay attention to us.

This was pre-social networking, pre-YouTube, pre-easy blogging. While we had a fledgling content strategy using an email newsletter, information rich site, and direct to consumer news releases, we didn’t have today’s real-time communications tools so we primarily generated attention using the old rules of public relations: Press releases and pitching journalists.

A decade ago we measured by how thick the spiral bound PR clip book was. This isn't the best approach today, yet many organizations are still working based on the old rules.

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Mary Kay Pink Cadillac Goes Real Time and Retro Cool

Today I’m speaking at the Direct Selling Association Be Connected conference. I love presenting ideas of real-time sales and marketing to entrepreneurial groups!  

I like to sit in on presentations at the events I speak at because I frequently get great ideas for blog posts (like his one), stories for my books, or riffs for my talks. Yesterday, Rebecca Gibson from Mary Kay, Inc. presented on Mary Kay’s iconic Pink Cadillac.

I remember hearing about Pink Cadillacs being given away as an incentive to Mary Kay salespeople as a kid. It was a great public relations tool at the time, and by updating the image, is still a great strategy today.

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Not so new: Apps and infographics from 45 years ago

When discussing the world of web content and social media, many people like to say how everything is new and different and untested: Smartphone apps! Infographics! Content marketing!

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Marketing the Moon - announcing my new book!

Geek alert(!!)

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Press Release PR Pitch Stupidity

I get many unsolicited PR pitches sent to me via email. Nearly all of them are untargeted broadcast pitches, usually in the form a press release. I almost always delete without reading.

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Do you know what Public Relations is?

Posted by David Meerman Scott 10:15 AM on November 12, 2013

Somehow many corporate executives and even some PR professionals have lost sight of what public relations is. I still hear people confuse media relations with public relations.

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David Meerman Scott

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