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Manage the blitz – PR lessons learned from the NFL

Each year, the National Football League and its teams absorb a number of PR hits (no pun intended). In recent weeks, the New England Patriots and my favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, have dealt with PR issues, with mixed results.  Consider how these situations were handled (or mishandled) and the lessons that could translate to your organization:

  • ESPN published an expose on rumors of a rift and power struggle among the New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, Head Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady. Although some of us may relish the impact of such a schism, the Patriots swiftly squelched speculation when they issued a statement within hours calling the accusations “fallacies.” Kraft, Belichick and Brady, the statement said, “stand…
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Want to communicate with the media better? Practice, practice, practice

Organizations that want to have effective communicators that can ably deal with the media in the course of normal business as well as in crisis situations should conduct communications training for selected executives annually. These training sessions should help create confidence in organizational spokespeople and induct the ability to deliver messages in all kinds of situations and to a wide variety of audiences. Additionally, it’ll help your spokespeople communicate better with employees as well.

Here are five components we suggest including in a media training session:

1. An overview on how the media operates.

Participants need to understand the types of people who work in the media, what they care about, how they view the world, and what their days are like,…

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Getting your story told starts with research

Trying to execute a media relations campaign in a vacuum is a recipe for failure. Just like any other project or campaign, you have to do proper due diligence and research, research, research to be successful.

Understand what you’re promoting

Before embarking on a media relations campaign, it is important to understand what your organization wants to promote, its objectives and its target audiences. Talk to subject matter experts within your organization to fully understand the product or service being promoted and to identify newsworthy angles that can be parsed out to various types of media.

Is there a technology or innovation angle? What about a consumer bent? Once you better understand what is to be promoted, be sure to look at what your organization’s…

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3 steps for starting a trade media program

When talking to current or prospective B2B clients about a media relations strategy, trade media is often a major focus, and rightly so. This super-targeted form of communications is a great way to build industry relationships, reach an intended target audience and promote your company’s story.

Looking to add a trade media program to your media relations plan? Here are three tips to help you get started:

1. Analyze the Publications

There are a lot of trade pubs out there. So how do you know which are the right fit for your audience? Our Senior Advisor Cristine Torek suggests looking at five criteria when analyzing publications for an advertising program. These same criteria can also apply when evaluating the quality of a publication for pitching trade media…

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The media are dying. Not! 5 tips for an impactful media relations strategy

The mainstream media are in decline. Their newsrooms are shrinking to nothing. It has been said by some in prominence that the mainstream media are “failing.”


Despite what conventional wisdom may say, the power and influence of media are increasing. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News and a host of other national media today are reaching a larger audience than ever.

It is true that the print circulation of most newspapers is in decline, and that newsrooms are smaller than they used to be. But measuring the reach of newspapers by print circulation alone is short-sighted. What about the reach of their websites? Their social media distribution? Their blogs, podcasts, videos, Snapchats, tweets, Facebook posts and other audience engagement…

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