7 Steps to Launching a Top Media Relations Program

Written by Andrew A. DeMuth

Continued from page 1

Give them Something to Look At The media loves visuals. This is especially important for television media. Visuals are something that can be photographed to accompanyrepparttar article. In law enforcement, we use mug shots, photos of seized contraband, or pictures of involved officers. Visuals can really be anything associated withrepparttar 146065 event. Just use your imagination. When preparingrepparttar 146066 written press release, indicate that you have visuals for any interested media entity. Sometimes, having available visuals will meanrepparttar 146067 difference between your release makingrepparttar 146068 paper or makingrepparttar 146069 shredder.

Develop Contacts As with most things in business, contacts are king. The best way to have your story actually make it intorepparttar 146070 paper is to have a contact withrepparttar 146071 press. Developing relationships with reporters and editors is crucial for a successful media relations program. Start by issuing press releases to different reporters, and when you find one who you relate to well, forward all releases to him or her. Reporters have bosses breathing down their neck for articles, and they love nothing more than a contact who feeds them ideas and stories. Contacts should be made at all ofrepparttar 146072 local and regional medial outlets.

Press Release Distribution Faxing press releases or sending them via regular mail is, of course, better than nothing, but emailing it givesrepparttar 146073 reporterrepparttar 146074 option of cutting and pastingrepparttar 146075 text. Keeping them happy yields better results.

Be Proactive Here, especially if you are new to media relations, it is important to think outsiderepparttar 146076 box. Take a look around your business or organization. Anything newsworthy? Sure there is. Below are some examples: Promotions and transfers Organization member was recognized for an accomplishment Introducing a new, innovative product Launching of a website Creation of an innovative program When Wal-Mart learned of one of their truckers stopping to help a stranded woman change a tire, they did a television commercial on it. Getrepparttar 146077 idea? Be proactive!

Timing Once you have preparedrepparttar 146078 press release for distribution, don't send it. Yes, don't send it. You first need to grabrepparttar 146079 newspaper and see what's happening. If a major scandal with a local politician was just uncovered, or something else that will take up news space for several days occurred, you should wait. Ideally, you want to distribute your release when things are quiet. Of course something could pop up atrepparttar 146080 last minute after you have submittedrepparttar 146081 press release, and that will occasionally occur. Just do you best. If you follow these seven steps, you will well on your way to launching a top-notch media relations program.

Andrew A. DeMuth is a long-time small business owner and police officer with extensive experience in marketing. He currently runs one of the nations largest law enforcement websites, http://www.NJLawman.com and has authored many articles for both http://www.NJLawman.com and other periodicals.

Five Things Smart Leaders Do to Lower the Barriers to Change

Written by Guy Harris

Continued from page 1

Smart leaders are not too impressed with themselves. They recognize thatrepparttar head grapes have more personal influence within certain employee groups than they do. They understand leadership is about trust and relationship; it is not about position. Recognizing this truth, they seek out influencers inrepparttar 144996 organization. They strive to getrepparttar 144997 influencers onboard withrepparttar 144998 change. They understandrepparttar 144999 power of relationships, and they put that power to work. They work withrepparttar 145000 head grapes to affect change so that they don’t have to push againstrepparttar 145001 head grapes’ resistance.

4. They breakrepparttar 145002 change into “bite-sized” pieces

Smart leaders understand that people need both information and time to accept a change. They also realize that they can’t wait forever to get everyone onboard. So, they break big changes into small pieces that people are willing to accept more quickly.

By moving in stages, smart leaders move their organizations with steady forward progress instead of periodic quantum leaps.

5. They build positive momentum

By breaking big changes into bite-sized pieces, smart leaders set themselves up to build positive momentum. Smart leaders know that an early failure or setback can create more resistance later -- even if they overcomerepparttar 145003 initial setback.

Building a record of quick, early wins helps people acceptrepparttar 145004 upsets that will happen onrepparttar 145005 way to success. Smart leaders understandrepparttar 145006 power of momentum -- either positive or negative. They break changes into small pieces then pick their first move because it has a high-probability of success.

Copyright 2005, Guy Harris

You may use this article for electronic distribution if you will include all contact information with live links back torepparttar 145007 author. Notification of use is not required, but I would appreciate it. Please contactrepparttar 145008 author prior to use in printed media.

Guy Harris is a Recovering Engineer. He helps entrepreneurs, business managers, and other organizational leaders improve team performance by applying the principles of human behavior. http://www.principledriven.com

Guy co-authored "The Behavior Bucks System(tm)" to help parents. http://www.behaviorbucks.com

    <Back to Page 1
ImproveHomeLife.com © 2005
Terms of Use