The top 10 reasons why you shouldn’t call the media to pitch your news story?
No. 10 – It’s not about you.
No. 9 – This is a psychological game and when you pick up the phone — you lose.
No. 8 – Caller ID (They will become familiar with your phone number and ignore you.)
No. 7 – Caller ID (If they do pick up the phone it means they know they can exploit your organization. And to their credit — they will.)
No. 6 – When you call them they’re filling in the blanks but when they call you, you fill in the blanks — with your message.
No. 5 – You’ll gain the reputation for being needy and they’ll avoid you or at best humor you.
No. 4 – They will use you rather than the other way around.
No. 3 – They won’t be following your lead.
No. 2 – They won’t be able to capture what you’re saying. No matter what they say they cannot write as fast as you speak. You have a better chance of putting words in their mouth if you put your message in their language and send it in an email. (Limit two sentences.)
No. 1 – Effective media relations is proactive; they should be calling you.
If you hire a media relations director whose strategy includes picking up the phone and calling the media, your media relations strategy is causing your organization more harm than good.
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