New England Communicators Discuss the News Pitch for Companies in the Emerging GreenTech Industry

November 10, 2009

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What’s the best way to pitch your news to media covering the ever-evolving green technology industry?

According to Stephen Lacey, a journalist with Renewable Energy World, you should “think of the journalist as an investor.”  Indeed, the media invests time and effort in a company’s endeavors and projects the same way an investor would contribute funding.

This and other questions about the emerging green technology industry in New England and throughout the U.S. were discussed at a Business Wire Boston media breakfast held at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass. on Thursday, Nov. 5.  About 75 public relations professionals from across New England attended the event, entitled “GreenTech, CleanTech and Pitching New Energy Technologies.”  Participants also collected hats, scarves and mittens for Cradles to Crayons, a Boston-based non-profit organization that distributes goods for children in need.

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The panel included media professionals from print, radio and new media, as well as a market analyst to offer a more big-picture perspective.  The panelists, working in the renewable energy, green technology, and business spaces included (L to R):

Moderating the panel was Susan Vaillancourt, an accomplished PR professional in her own right.  Vaillancourt comes from great experience in the industry, having worked with large companies including GT Solar, a world-wide solar technology manufacturing corporation headquartered in Merrimack, NH.

Bottom line of the discussion?  The media is most definitely following companies working in biofuels, hydro power, wind and solar energy, and new efficiency technologies – but reporters need something to chew on.  Panelists agreed that directing them to a company’s news via an email with a personal touch, including a sentence or two about why the story is important, is generally the best way to get their attention.  This gives the journalist the opportunity to filter out their news angle from the press release text.  “Sometimes people are sitting on the story and they don’t even know it,” said Fitzgerald.

Also discussed were the wide range of coverage possibilities under the green/clean tech umbrella, including obvious “gee whiz” technologies, consumer product innovations, and new business ventures which have the added benefit of bringing jobs to the New England region.

The panelists also engaged in a discussion about how governmental policy effects the growth and direction of the industry, and how the U.S. stacks up against other world leaders such as China, which Lacey said currently has the largest solar market by far in the world.  The consensus was that the U.S. is on the way to the leader board, but further investment and leadership through policy is needed to increase the nation’s clout in the green space.

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Upcoming Business Wire Events – October 12 Edition

October 12, 2009

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Join Business Wire experts in your area for media breakfasts, panel discussions and other insightful events. We bring local media members and industry thought leaders to your market to discuss today’s most relevant topics, from writing for SEO to marketing with social media. Best of all, Business Wire events are usually free of charge. Check out some of our upcoming events in your area:

Press Releases: The Road Not Taken

Hosted by Business Wire Nashville

Add more life to your press release. Join Business Wire Nashville for this educational workshop that will show you how to partner your text release with multimedia, stylistic elements and SEO techniques, the “road not taken” that can earn you big media results. This event is free for all attendees.

Tuesday, October 13 at 11:30am CT
Courtyard by Marriott
1901 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203
To register: Please RSVP to Denise Higgins at denise.higgins@businesswire.com or call 615.661.6123

Targeting the Hispanic Market: Strategies & Trends

Hosted by Business Wire Dallas

Join Business Wire Dallas for breakfast and a panel discussion on the ever-growing Hispanic consumer market and how to target your communications efforts to this influential segment of the US population. Our panel of experts include: Alfredo Carbajal, Editor-in-Chief of Al Dia, Eloina Juárez, Assignment Editor at KUVN Univision 23, Brent Murphy, Publisher of Mercado Bilingue, Juan Carlos Pinzon, Executive Producer at Telemundo and Olga Romero, Spanish Public Relations and Spokesperson at Southwest Airlines. This event is free for Business Wire members and $10 for non-members.

Thursday, October 22 at 8:00 a.m.
Hilton Dallas/ Park Cities
5954 Luther Lane, Dallas, Texas 75225
To register: Please RSVP with Susie Wolan at susie.wolan@businesswire.com or call 972-458-9555.

GreenTech, CleanTech and Pitching New Energy Technologies

Hosted by Business Wire Boston

Join Business Wire Boston for a special event geared toward communications professionals working in the emerging green industry. We will hear from leading journalists in print, broadcast and new media on how to position and pitch stories related to new energy technologies, including wind energy, solar technology, biofuels and other renewable resources. The discussion will emergence of a strong “GreenTech” (clean energy) industry in New England and how to make sure your organization is well-positioned in the field. Panelists include: Jay Fitzgerald, General Economics Reporter and Blogger for the Boston Herald, Stephen Lacey, Podcast Producer and Editor for Renewable Energy World, Curt Nickisch, Business and Technology Reporter for WBUR and Andrew Brengle, Senior Analyst for KLD Research & Analytics. This event is free for all attendees.

Thursday, November 5 at 8:00 a.m.
Westin Waltham
70 Third Ave, Waltham, MA 02451
To register: RSVP here.

For more upcoming local Business Wire events or to see what’s coming up in our award-winning webinar series, visit http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/business-wire-events.

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