Charlotte-Area Media Discuss PR Best Practices

November 24, 2009

Business Wire Charlotte hosted a Meet the Media luncheon for more than 50 local communications professionals on November 12th in Durham, NC. The discussion, moderated by Mary Hecht-Kissell of PR Strategies, focused on the best practices for communicators in the tech/biotech industry. The panel of speakers included:

Here are some tips from the panel:

Pitching:

  • Email is the best way to pitch reporters.
  • Don’t call reporters when you know they are on deadline.
  • If you reach a reporter on the phone, ask if it is a good time to talk.
  • Don’t pitch two reporters at the same publication with the same story & not tell them about it.
  • Good pitches are newsworthy.  Focus on what is new, what hasn’t been done before or what is being done in a better way.
  • The larger the number of people impacted by a tech innovation, the more newsworthy it is (e.g., a drug therapy for cancer).

Working with Media:

  • Establish & foster relationships.
  • Provide information in a timely manner to meet reporter’s deadline.
  • Always tell the truth.
  • Avoid confrontation; focus on facts – not emotions.
  • Avoid industry jargon when telling your story.
  • Avoid saying anything off the record.

Leveraging Media Coverage:

  • Share media coverage with employees as a motivational tool.
  • Post media coverage on your Web site to help visitors find it.
  • Extend your media coverage by posting it on Twitter, Facebook Fan pages and Linkedin.
  • Highlight media coverage in customer newsletters.

Local Business Wire offices host several events each year on PR, IR, SEO & media topics.  Check out the Business Wire Events page to find upcoming events in your area.

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