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  • How to Create a Press Kit
    How to Create a Press Kit How to Create a Press Kit

    How to Create a Press Kit

How to Create a Press Kit

Simply put, a press kit is a compilation of comprehensive information given to members of the media in order to better inform them about an event, story, product or service. Press kits come in many different forms and can be distributed at a variety of occasions.

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Let’s focus on a press kit for a news conference to announce an event, award or partnership.

So, you have scheduled a press conference, slated the speakers and invited the media. Now you need to prepare a press kit to share with the attendees. The kit should include the following, but is not limited to:

  • Press release – This fully explains the announcement you are making
  • Fact sheets – A simple list of bulleted facts about your announcement, the organizations and people involved
  • Speaker biographies – Inform […]
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    What Is A Community Advisory Council? What Is A Community Advisory Council?

    What Is A Community Advisory Council?

What Is A Community Advisory Council?

Your mother was right. I know mine was. Growing up in a tiny town, my family and my mother reminded me of the importance of connections.


This lesson, the importance of honoring relationships, was painfully obvious as I grew up in a town so small (you’ve likely heard the joke) that when you went home, closed the blinds, shut the door and sneezed – you were asked the next day about your cold.

It was in that place that my mom, Betty Lou, would often remind me of how connected we really are. “Everyone has at least 200 people in their circle of influence,” she would say. Offend Mrs. Lindsey at the grocery store, and her friends at the Methodist Church, the local druggist, etc., would soon hear […]

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    Five PR Industry Predictions for 2013 Five PR Industry Predictions for 2013

    Five PR Industry Predictions for 2013

Five PR Industry Predictions for 2013


As we look ahead to the start of a new year, our industry can expect plenty of change and challenge to navigate, but even greater opportunity to leverage.  Here’s my take on what’s next.


1. Global brands will shift more dollars to local strategies.

As multinational companies continue expanding across country and cultural boundaries, they will focus more resources on making meaningful connections with local audiences. Brands will strive to make their promises and PR strategies look and feel closer to home through content that has a distinct local tone, style, dialect, and flair.


2. Standard metrics will drive new measurement models.

The industry will finally roll out a set of standard metrics that helps position public relations as more outcomes-driven. We’ll have a golden […]

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    How Do I Get A Reporter Interested In My Story? How Do I Get A Reporter Interested In My Story?

    How Do I Get A Reporter Interested In My Story?

How Do I Get A Reporter Interested In My Story?

 

The old saying goes, “If it bleeds it leads.” So what if your story has less blood than Bella in the “Breaking Dawn” finale? Then it’s time to get your creative juices flowing and remember some of these time-tested media relations strategies.

  • What’s trending? Hook your story to a national trend, event, season or special month. Reporters often look for roundup stories or localized angles highlighting a trend or emphasizing a special holiday.  Be sure to incorporate these ties into the pitch. Don’t assume the reporter will make the connection.
  • Tailor your pitch. Take the time to read or watch the media outlet you are pitching. Knowing the types of stories they prefer to cover and the angles covered can get your pitch […]