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Using Media Relations to Promote and Grow Your Business During Tough Economic Times

During tough economic times, smart companies harness the power of media relations to promote and grow their businesses. Media relations is the art of working with journalists in various media (i.e., newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the Internet) to inform their … Continue reading

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“Play Ball”: The Swerve Pitch

When I was a rookie media-relations practitioner, I learned from my then-boss the secrets to avoiding the swerve pitch, which is sending a story idea or a media release with incorrect information. She had me double check every detail before … Continue reading

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“Play Ball”: The Thumbs-Down Pitch

In baseball, a changeup is thrown so it looks like a fastball but takes its time arriving at the plate. The media relations’ version is called the thumbs-down. The thumbs-down pitch involves sending an event-announcement media release less than two … Continue reading

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“Play Ball”: The Stinker Pitch

The Stinker Pitch involves sending a media release containing no newsworthy content. Some business people confuse what’s new with what’s news. While teaching a building-a-buzz-for-your-business seminar, I asked participants to list company achievements that could be publicized. Mixed in with … Continue reading

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“Play Ball”: The Knucklehead Pitch

I met Clueless Carl at a Chamber networking mixer. This small-business owner was vexed by the media’s inattention to his company. “My competitors are always in the papers, but they never write about me,” Carl grumbled. When I asked if … Continue reading

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“Play Ball”: The Backstory

I’m a contributing writer for “Welcome to The Boardroom,” a business-section feature of the Ballston Journal. Once a month, I submit to the business editor an article in which I discuss an aspect of branding, marketing or public relations. A new … Continue reading

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