Each day newspapers, television, radio, and magazines hand out millions of dollars in free PUBLICITY. If you have a good story or good information to share, an editor somewhere will jump at the chance to use your material. Your name and ideas can be spread to thousands of people over night. And the cost to you? Zero. Once you have finished your press release, here are some ways to send it to the media.
Think LOCALLY. Your best bet for getting media is right in your own home town. Editors and news directors love to do stories on businesses and individuals they can phone without placing a long distance call. In fact, when we send press releases to media across America, many editors say they ONLY do local stories. Find the contact information for your local media in the Yellow Pages. Call the front desk and ask who handles stories like yours. You might even try pitching your story over the phone before you send your release.
PICK YOUR NICHE
Send your release to a trade publication that covers your INDUSTRY. The fact that you have created a way for silver coated milk cans to dent less easily probably won't get a second look from your local daily newspaper, but the dairy trade publication might put you on the front page. Be sure to send them a PHOTO, with you in the picture.
SEND YOUR RELEASE TO MEDIA NATIONWIDE
Most editors won't go for your release, but since you are casting a wide net, some will give you COVERAGE. You can get addresses of media folks who have asked to receive releases by consulting one of the reliable media DIRECTORIES like the Bacon Publicity Checker or the Media Directory at Gebbie.com. Since email is a dirt cheap way to distribute a release, consider that over postal mail. Sometimes you have to send three or four releases before you become familiar enough for an editor to jump on your story.
LOOK FOR OTHER OUTLETS
Look for neighborhood or ALTERNATIVE newspapers that cover stories like yours. A policeman who had a story about abuse couldn't get his side covered by the local daily, but had a topic alternative newspapers loved.
STICK WITH IT
Above all, don't give up. Free publicity is...well...free. You only get results when you are organized and PERSISTENT.
Meredith Pond has written and distributed hundreds of press releases for everyone from individuals to big corporations. Visit her website at CheapWriting.com. You may contact her at or 801-328-9006.
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