There’s nothing like getting featured in your favorite magazine, blog, podcast. But, it’s not enough to secure press one or two times. In order to gain visibility and maintain it, you need to consistently continue to pitch the media. Stuck on strategy? Here are a few things you need to keep in mind in order to stay in the media.
Understand Media Timelines- Staying in the know is a big part of media outreach. Use editorial calendars to help you plan your product/new service launches so that they are in sync with various story ideas and publications. This helps to position you as an expert and resource to journalists, writers, etc. For example, Essence Magazine’s 2018 media kit will let you know what issue they are working on, when it will be on stands, etc. If you have a beauty product releasing in January, now is the perfect time to pitch editors, put the product on their radar and set yourself up for success with potentially getting a media hit.
2. Know Your Angles- It’s important to know your press angles as they are different for each publication that you pitch. If you are pitching business publications, you want to make sure the story idea has a business related angle, not just your personal story. If you are pitching a story to your local newspaper, etc,you need to include the local tie in as apart of your press angle. To further help with this, write down at least 3-5 potential angles and identify what publications/industries are a fit
3. Be Mindful of Your Schedule + Event Calendar-- When you are preparing to pitch the media, you must consider timing. Most times editors work under deadlines and may need you to be available within a day or two of confirming your interview slot. You must make room in your schedule for unexpected press interviews.
4. Always Follow Up- Following up can either make or break you in the media world. Journalists are often busy on deadline and depending on when you pitch them, your email may fall by the wasteside. This is why you must keep track of who you reach out to, when, and their response time. A typical rule of thumb is following up within 3-5 days of sending your initial email.