Anatomy of a media release

I was recently asked on Twitter how easy it was to write a media release.

It’s never 100% easy, no matter how many times you’ve written a media release.

Sure, it becomes EASIER, but it’s never “EASY”.

In today’s post I thought I’d give you a bit of an insight into some of the steps involved when writing a media release.

Now, assuming we’re working with a client for the first time, I like to do research beforehand on their topic area, and make sure my contacts in their “space” (i.e. education writers for an educational product) are up-to-date and aware of the work we’re doing!

So once initial research and contact has been made with media, it’s on to step one. The angle of the release, during a consult with the client I work on a strategy and what (collectively) we’d like to achieve from this release.

With this in mind, it’s back to the research desk, and it’s time to start writing with the help of any exisiting material from the client.

I then create a “skeleton release, send this to the client for their input.

Pending deadlines, this can sit with a client anywhere between 24-48 hours, but generally I don’t like to leave it any longer than this.

Once I have the first lot of feedback and inputs from the client, I then give the release some shape, make sure the language is easy to understand and remove any “industry talk” that has the potential to be lost in translation.

Then it’s back to the client for the final lot of inputs, again this may sit with them for another 24 hours this time, absolute maximum.

Once I give this version a final lick and polish and send it to the client for their sign off it’s onto media engagement time.

That, in summary, is the process of writing a media release.

If you’d like Pursuit Communications to assist with writing a media release for your business, contact me to arrange a time to meet over Zoom or FaceTime.

What you can learn from COVID’s biggest advertisers

Earlier this month a report was released into the numbers relating to businesses and organisations that advertised during initial and lock-down stage of COVID-19.

It’s not surprising to read that Government campaigns topped ad spend growth, up 67% in April.

Given the need to inform the community through adverts such as this one, the Government definitely needed to be “seen” and visible across a variety of platforms.

What may surprise you is the number of automotive adverts.

Why?

At a time when we were asked to stay at home, only go out for essential services, why would this industry continue its advertising spend?

There are a number of reasons but one of the most important, is to remain top of mind with customers for the impending “recovery” stage.

The need to get to work safely, avoiding public transport and looking further ahead, the ability to travel within the state are just some of the reasons why the automotive industry was right to continue their advertising during COVID 19.

 

So, what can you learn from these advertisers?

  1. Staying front of mind is CRITICAL
  2. If you’re in a position of influence, educate and inform your community as soon as possible. Make this easy to understand and digest
  3. A well thought out campaign will return dividends in the long run. Advertising should be a part of the campaign, it should also include PR, social media and creative marketing solutions.

If you’d like to explore PR options for your business, contact us today for an obligation free chat.

 

 

 

 

Link to the report mentioned in the start of the blog post can be found here

How to prepare for a crisis – UPDATED for Corona Virus

Australia has seen it all this Summer and there’s more on the way! We’ve had everything from Destructive fires, devastating floods, Australia really is the country of extremes and being prepared in a crisis is critical for any business of any size.

In this post, we share our tips so you can take steps NOW so you’re well armed should you face a crisis.

Communication is key even before you start any of our suggestions. Communicate with the office what will be undertaken and that updates will be provided as is necessary.

PLANNING is critical.

You may have to put aside a day to brainstorm and work out who in the office will be responsible for what tasks.

If you’re a solopreneur make a timeline of what steps will be done when. (If you’re in a team this should be included as part of your plan too!)

Think about who will need to be contacted IMMEDIATELY should a crisis or issue occur, then think about the way this will be communicated. You’ll also want to include in your timeline preparation for power-outages (back-up power supply) or damage to equipment and where back-up equipment can be sourced quickly. Think about stock levels what will need to be done with any stock that’s damaged. Think of all eventualities and make sure someone is responsible for an action from start to finish.

You’ll also want to have draft communications to customers, suppliers and staff drafted for a variety of scenarios. Include in this communication copies of out-of-office messages for employees to use, so messaging is consistent across the company. Include in your out-of-office messages how long you expect to be out of action and best contact details for urgent queries.

Finally, but importantly, keep your social media pages updated. You’ll want to have draft posts created for your social accounts too. Again, let your followers know how long you expect to be unavailable and a generic contact address that should be administered by an executive who is able to respond quickly to customers /followers queries.

These are just *some* of the components of being prepared in a crisis or emergency situation.

EDIT: 

In light of the Corona Virus – here are some EXTRA tips;

*Be transparent at all times – let the public know WHEN the next update will be in terms of communications

*Save media releases online for ease of reference for media and general public

*Health of employees and public must be a priority, follow recommendations from local and Federal Governments

*Ensure best contact details for media contact /PR agency are visible on your website

If you’d like Pursuit Communications to assist your business with creating a crisis or emergency plan, contact us today to organise a meeting. 

Instagram Fact V Fiction

One of our offerings at Pursuit is social media management.

We pride ourselves on creating great content, that will engage and drive results for your business.

We also make sure we’re all over what’s fact and fiction when it comes to social media.

Below you’ll find some clarification about some of the myths that have been circulating about Instagram.

  1. Shadowbanning is a real thing…

Nope. FALSE. Instagram has stated, “it doesn’t hide people’s content for posting too many hashtags or taking other actions”. **

 

2. Instagram will “punish” your account if you don’t post at least once a day

What? I’m sorry, how does this even make sense? In Australia alone Instagram has 9,000,000 Monthly Active Australian Users (FB/ Instagram data)*. Trying to monitor all that data alone is a mammoth task.

Instagram is (and always has been) about quality over quantity.  

So think about your style and what your customers will want to engage with, remember you’re posting for THEM, not for yourself.

Suffice to say this one is also FALSE.

 

3. The old “Only 5%, 7%, 10% of my audience will see this post, please comment to ensure more people see this post” post!

Instagram reached out to users via Twitter to clear this one up. They said; “What shows up first in your feed is determined by what posts and accounts you engage with the most, as well as other contributing factors such as the timeliness of posts, how often you use Instagram, how many people you follow, etc.”**

So drops in engagement are due to content not anything behind the scenes.

 

There are dozens if not hundreds more that we could clarify – and new myths popping up every day.

If you’d like some advice regarding social media, give us a call. We’d love to have a chat and share some ideas on how we think this medium could work wonders for your business.

 

Photo by Katka Pavlickova on Unsplash
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Thinking outside the box for success

If you’ve found this post via our Instagram, you’ll know that Pursuit Communications has been working with Generator Property Management for a number of years now.

Generator Property Management is the caretaker of the former Munmorah Power Station site on the NSW Central Coast.

Pursuit’s tasks include traditional PR services, issues management advice and services and general media /consultative advice.

The project has been an eye-opening experience and one that the Pursuit team has loved working on.

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Through this project, we’ve been able to work with a team that are industry leaders and share our own expertise to achieve some pretty unreal results.

As an example; one of the last demolition activities saw the news story go NATIONAL. The video footage was provided to television stations in Sydney. The story was aired on all commercial television networks news bulletins the evening of the event. Exceeding our client’s goals.

Pursuit actively monitors the media across a variety of topics for our client so they’re more than aware of what’s happening in the media landscape within their industry.

If you’d like to have a chat about your business and how Pursuit can assist, shoot us an email.

We work within your budgets, tell you what’s achievable and create a plan to not only achieve your goals, but we work hard to exceed them!

Send us a message now. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

Liking the new Instagram changes…

We’ve all had some time to digest the fact that Instagram has removed likes in what is being called a “test” across seven countries. 

In case you missed it, no longer will you be able to see how many times an image (that isn’t yours) has been liked or viewed that has been posted by someone else – unless you’re looking at Instagram on a desktop computer!

You’ll be able to see WHO has liked the post in some circumstances when people you follow like an image from an account you follow. 

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I think this is a fabulous step from Instagram /Facebook. 

Why?

Because for many of us, (including yours truly) we’re guilty of focusing on the number of likes our content receives rather than the content itself.

Speaking of content – it’s all well and good to post the things we love but business accounts are about the customers and what *they* want. In short, post the aesthetically pleasing pictures on your personal accounts. 

I’m not saying that your business account should be a “hodge-podge” of images, but it should serve your followers well. 

Employ a local photographer for a day, have a plan of what sort of shots you want to get and then you’ll have social media content for at least a couple of months.

So, now that the number of likes has been removed, what will this mean for metrics? 

In short, nothing. 

Some influencers may argue with that point, but you’ll still have the data in the back-end, so in my opinion, it’s a moot point. 

While it’s been called a “test”, I don’t think we’ll see likes come back in the way they were.

My thoughts? In the future, I think Instagram will allow business accounts to see the numbers, perhaps not directly under the image but perhaps somewhere on the home screen.

Perhaps the whole issue is best summed up by this quote;

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” – Dyer.

 

Influencers – A definition

 

Following our fortnight of sharing Influencer statistics* on our Instagram, in our post today we look at defining “influencers” and investigate the power of a “micro-influencer”.
What does the word “influencer” mean to you? Do you picture someone of power? Do you think bikini-clad model? Do you think mum-of-three, with a side-hustle?
It’s generally defined as “A group of people (or person) with a high-following on social media or someone more relatable and approachable with a smaller following yet more engagement from their followers.”
On the surface it seems that an influencer’s following is the most important. However, while this does attract attention engagement is key to an influencers success. Marketers are now more focused on interaction between the influencer and their audience which is measured by likes, comments and the trust followers have.
Micro-Influencers often have a higher engagement with audience yet this is overlooked by brands wanting to pursue social-media campaigns. A micro-influencer is anyone with 10,000 to 50,000 followers on social media to the amount of engagement the influencer gets from that number. Usually a micro-influencers audience is quite niche and deeply connected.
Micro-Influencers can be found in any sector such as: health and wellness, food and cuisine, entrepreneurship and business, beauty and fashion etc. These influencers have already built this fan-base and established trust with their audience. They have established these relationships through their Instagram stories so if a brand’s story is shared by a particular influencer, their followers are usually willing to listen.
For this reason, Brands reach out to influencers and for brands to get the best ROI (return on Investment) on a campaign, it’s ideal to hire multiple micro-influencers to increase the reach for any given campaign. Yes, macro-influencers have more of following, yet micro-influencers have more of a niche audience so don’t be fouled by the number of followers.
These micro-influencers can be found through the brands own followers on its social media channels or searching specific hashtags, see what influencers are using hashtags that are relevant to YOUR business /product or service.
You’ll also want to explore, who is the influencer associated with and how engaging are their posts? Does the “creative” (image and caption) seem authentic? Engaging with these influencers and showing interest in their content is the best way to build a relationship with them, BEFORE you reach out to them and begin a discussion.
Speaking to these influencers to determine a mutually beneficial relationship sometimes yields the best result.  Negotiate what will work best for both parties, sometimes an influencer might take-over a brand’s Instagram for a period of time or perhaps share a number of posts over a set timeframe. As part of this the brand might send out product for the influencer to try out and take photos for their social media accounts or even they might create their own original content on their blog or Youtube account reviewing the product.
Sometimes a brand might not have the budget to work with a celebrity so micro-influencers are a great way to gain the benefit you need for your brand and watch it grow through social media.

If you’d like assistance in finding an influencer that’s the perfect fit for your business, contact us today. 

*Statistics provided by Planoly

Three things I love about Twitter

I thought it was about time we looked at a social media channel that isn’t Instagram!

I thought I’d share three reasons why I love Twitter. I know, for some, Twitter doesn’t get the best “wrap” but in my opinion and in my industry, it really is a go-to source.

  1. Relationships formed with people – I’ve made some great friends in RL via Twitter and some people I’m yet to meet. Twitter allows you (like other channels) to connect and voice an opinion. (I’ll come to this later). What I like about it is being able to find people who share a common interest and connect with them. Sure you can do this on other channels too, but for me, Twitter is one of the better places to do this.
  2. Following breaking news & trends – After switching on the radio when there’s a major breaking story, I’ll jump on Twitter straight away, enter a relevant hashtag and monitor the news. When searching for trends for our clients, I can see what their competitors are tweeting (if indeed they are on Twitter) and see how the conversation is tracking in any particular space.
  3. The opinions – Okay, so this has its good and bad aspects to it. Again, just like on any social media channel, you’ll have your “negative nellie” and unfortunately you’ll have trolls too. BUT this aside, being able to converse in a space with opinions  from right across the globe, really can open your eyes.

So, is Twitter for you? Well it all depends, what industry you’re in and ultimately what you’re hoping to achieve by joining Twitter.

If you’d like to see if Twitter is for you – select our WHICH SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNEL IS FOR ME package and we’ll provide insights as to where we believe you should focus your attention.