We chose an old rocket for our logo. Our brand – and name – is modern publicity. Do you know why decided to use a throw-back iconic symbol of obsolescence? If you think you know the answer, post right here on our blog or on our facebook fan page.
It is common for non-PR people to not have a clue how a publicist can improve your business’s bottom-line. Even when they intuitively know that getting mentioned in news reports (ie: magazines, newspapers, popular blogs and television) has much higher credibility and impact, it’s often difficult to imagine anything you or your company is doing is news worthy. We get it. But keep an open mind and take a look at you from our perspective for a moment…
Modern Publicity defines public communications using four distinct segments (ADDD):
- Awareness (if no one knows you exist, they can’t buy/hire you)
- Differentiation (if you’re like everyone else, there’s no reason to buy/hire you)
- Decision (if you don’t give people a specific, timely reason to hire/buy, they typically delay the decision)
- Delivery (if you don’t deliver what you promise (your brand), you won’t keep old customers or acquire new ones).
Given this, publicity is a powerful communication tactic to do one or more specific ADDD goals. The results must be measurable. This doesn’t simply mean you see more news about yourself and your business, it means we work with you to ensure you see bottom-line results such as more customers coming through the doors, more referrals and more sales. But the question is begged; even if you know a publicist can raise awareness, distinguish you from you competitors and give shoppers or prospects a reason to buy today, what is it that a publicist can do about it?
Putting aside the tactic of self-publicity (social networking), I’ve begun a list of things we quiz you about in order to reveal a newsworthy ‘hook.’ An important value we bring to the table is understanding how difficult it is to get into the news cycle and what reporters are looking for in order to cover you. Sometimes we create a news event, such as a press conference, an award or a special event, or we’ll define your product or service in relationship to an existing newsworthy trend or event. To see specific examples of our work, you’re invited to visit our newsroom. But here are some things that we use to generate interest and mostly links to Google searches for ‘news’ using the term:
- Grand opening
- New product
- New service
- New staff
- New idea
- New partnership
- New study (that relates to your business)
- New song (for recording artists)
- New book (for authors or that relates to your business)
- New video
- New law (proposed or actual that relates to your business)
- New controversy
- New invention (it doesn’t have to be yours)
- To Be Continued…
Here’s the truth: you don’t need to know how a publicist can improve your business. What you need to know is a good publicist. Let US describe what you have that is newsworthy and then get you covered and integrate into a comprehensive marketing communications campaign. That’s our job.
Facebook Post March 28th, 2011, by a high school friend Laurie Lola Andersen:
Woke up this morning and found our dog Max has gone up to heaven… My heart is broken but at peace to know he had a long fun-filled life with us.R.I.P Maximillian – You will be dearly missed
Paul OSullivan Hey Max, thanks for the love and loyalty for our friend Laurie and her family. Please be on lookout for an ol’ golden retriever named Jack. On Tuesday, he goes to the groomer to be pampered. On Wednesday, he’s enjoying an entire Costco chicken with the family and vanilla wafers for dessert. On Thursday morning, he’ll fall asleep in my arms. But, just before he does, I’ll whisper in his ear to look you up. My guess is the two of you will be good friends in no time. He’ll be the one with vanilla cookie-breath.