What Makes Good PR coverage?

Media Relations
public relations 23.08.21

Knowing what makes good PR coverage is key to key good storytelling and keeping clients engaged. PR coverage done well can be a powerful weapon to provide credibility and increase brand exposure to your target audience.

Good PR is more than press releases – it’s about providing value for your audience, building strong relationships, engaging your audience and telling the story of a brand. So what are the ingredients to creating coverage that will have journalists and customers sit up and pay attention?

Create noise

A lot of companies make the mistake of thinking of press coverage at last stage. After developing products and services, a company will finally try to get the word out there about their product. But if you don’t create a buzz to start with, how will people get to know about your product and how will they trust you?

Create some noise about your product, and watch the windows open! You’ll create an anticipatory environment as well as grow recognition and trust for your product even before it hits the shelves.

Make it Personal

Good PR coverage makes the issue personal to as many people as possible. A great way to do this is by using real stories that your audience can relate to. Show your potential customers how your service or product will make their lives easier, better or happier. You do this by using real people who face problems that your client base can relate to. Hearing them or seeing them talk about issue from personal experience will help create connections with your audience.

Be Consistent and Sustainable

Good PR coverage is consistent in its messaging, which is sustainable in the long term. Consistent and sustainable coverage helps build and sustain a growth in brand support. This will incrementally change consumer behavior through a steady stream of relevant and candid conversations to both media and directly to consumers.

Maintain Accuracy and Credibility

Be accurate about what you are reporting and don’t make assumptions. The current media climate is increasingly critical and cynical. Your claims will be examined and people, whether it’s the public or the media, will point out your mistakes and inaccuracies. This is why it’s important to do your research, get expert opinion when necessary and leave as little room for error as possible.

Increase your credibility but using data to back up what you are saying and credit the source. An independent expert opinion can also be a good source. It can give journalists and independent person to talk to and make the story more well-rounded.

Focus on the wins

Good PR coverage highlights the organization and the brand with stories about what the company and the brand has achieved. Bring attention to what you’re doing right and how it’s going well. Even better, celebrate the wins of your customers. Making your clients feel like their apart of the story and engaging them is excellent exposure for your organization as well as a great way to build positive relationships with your clients.

Generating More Positive Media Coverage

Positioning a company as an industry expert comes with knowledge, experience, skill, and a positive reputation, which is generated through objective third-party validation. However, most of the time, companies tend to focus on their marketing plans, including strategies like blog posts and content creation, social media and email campaigns, as well as advertising efforts.

Unfortunately, one of the main points that is generally missing from all of those promotional efforts is companies positioning themselves as a market or an industry expert. For many businesses, positioning themselves as an authority figure is invaluable and incredibly beneficial. Being seen as an industry expert means that the company will be viewed with more authority and audiences will take that company’s statements a lot more seriously compared to others.

In fact without authority, most content that companies distribute to their audiences is usually ignored. The first step in positioning a company as an authority figure is to understand which media outlets are viewed as objective authorities in the industry, and then pursuing media coverage with those publications.

Third-party publications

Creating and distributing valuable content for third-party publications which generally follow some of the basic standards of journalism means the company will be generating more attention for itself and reaching more people. There are plenty of source materials in every industry that companies can use to create valuable content for readers and frame industry commentary around important data or information.

When companies are creating this type of content they end up establishing themselves as market experts with a distinct focus on their niche. Additionally, for companies that can afford it, they also work with hired writers who will create content for them by shaping the company’s ideas into articles that can then be sent to third-party publications.

Sharing Expertise

Aside from distributing valuable content to third-party publications, companies can also convert that content into a press release for media outlets. All it takes to do this is to rewrite the article as a company announcement for the press, and use quotes from the same article. This is a beneficial strategy when companies are looking to announce positive news such as growth, increase in sales, and more.

Not only that, but companies can also utilize those press releases when creating more background for a TV or a radio outlet, when looking to pursue on-air interviews. Journalists and interviewers will be interested in talking to a company spokesperson if the subject of the article and subsequent press release is substantive, newsworthy, and isn’t solely aimed at promoting the business. This effort also helps companies in building or establishing relationships with relevant journalists or news editors, and in establishing the company itself as an industry expert.

Finally, the company can generate the most positive media coverage through interviews with a company spokesperson – whether on video or in a podcast. During interviews the spokesperson should provide their industry expertise and not outright promote the company, to achieve the best possible results.

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