Posted: January 31st, 2013 | Author: GillespieHall | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: journalism, media, media relations, PR, reporting | 1 Comment »
This blog post was written by Bobby S., a senior at the University of Delaware and a communications intern at GillespieHall.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, couples everywhere will celebrate their relationships. For some, it’s only been a few months. For others, it’s been years. Some will buy flowers, some will buy chocolates and some will go on expensive dates, all to declare their love.
But the most successful couples don’t just nurture their relationship on one day – they nurture it always.
Professionals that specialize in media relations must understand that they too are responsible for creating relationships, primarily with reporters and editors. Here are some tips for successful relationship-building in media relations:
1. Get to know the reporters/editors who are relevant.
Just like in everyday relationships, media relations pros should get to know reporters and editors as much as possible. Read newspapers and publications to identify reporters to pitch to, read specific columns and determine a reporter’s specialization, and follow reporters on Twitter – it is a great place to make relationships. Retweet content from reporters to your followers.
2. Communicate newsworthiness.
The core of the word “news” is “new.” Media relations professionals first must understand that not everything is news and they must communicate newsworthy stories to journalists when news exists. It’s fine to say “I think your readers will find this interesting” or “this piece of news will affect your audience because…”
3. Provide reporters with as many resources as possible.
Make it easy for reporters to get access to documents, pictures and interviews with newsmakers. Part of a media relations strategy must include anticipating questions from a reporter as well as lining up individuals to speak on behalf of or about the organization.
If media relations professionals follow these simple tips, pitching will be much easier. The reporter will see that the PR professional put in time and effort to create a relationship, and mutual respect will form. After creating relationships, pitches become much more targeted and relevant.
Looking to foster relationships with the media? Contact GillespieHall. We can help you put together a comprehensive public relations and media strategy that will get you results.
Posted: August 6th, 2012 | Author: GillespieHall | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: 2012 Summer Olympics, Facebook, GillespieHall, Olympics, Olympics spoilers, PR, social marketing; social pr; changing behaviors; GillespieHall, social media, spoilers, Summer Olympics spoilers, Twitter | 1 Comment »
This blog post was written by Jamee S., a senior at Virginia Tech and a communications intern at GillespieHall.
What do you remember about the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing? Was it watching Michael Phelps make Olympic history by demolishing the world record for the number of gold medals won in a single Olympics games? Or was it watching USA’s Nastia Luikin and Shawn Johnson dominate women’s gymnastics by taking gold and silver in the all-around competition?
Whatever your favorite moment was, I doubt you could predict it. Let alone, read about it, hours before on spoiler sites everywhere, including Twitter and Facebook.
I doubt many of you even knew what Twitter was in 2008.
Social media usage has surged since the last summer games. According to The Washington Post, Twitter had about 300,000 tweets per day in 2008. Now, it has over 400 million. Sure, you’re thinking Facebook was more popular back then. Well yes, Facebook had about 100 million active users in the summer of 2008 but now? Even more popular… with 900 million fans!
Do you remember receiving hourly updates from your favorite athletes themselves? You wished you could in 2008.
Now, in 2012 you can practically stalk an athlete from the time they wake up to the time they finish their dinner and head to bed. Oh wait, athletes’ lives are more exciting than that, right? Right. We know because we read all about it on Twitter.
For the first time, athletes are using social media, and are actually encouraged to, by the International Olympic Committee.
Minutes after 17-year-old Missy Franklin won gold in the 100 Backstroke, we were crying all over again, reading her heartfelt tweets, thanking her coach and parents.
Social media is adding an extra level of excitement to the Olympics. It’s shaking up the way we experience the Olympics.
But it isn’t all good.
Social media is the big, bad monster in the eyes of Voula Papachristo and Michel Morganella, two athletes whose Olympic performances were determined by 140 characters.
Papachristo, a Greek triple jumper was expelled from her first chance at a medal when she posted a racist comment.
Her Olympic doom was repeated by the Morganella, the Swiss soccer player, when he too tweeted an offensive comment about the South Korean soccer team.
Although both Olympians apologized for their explicit behavior on the internet, explaining that the comments were made in the heat of defeat or in Papachristo’s case, as a joke, their dreams of competing in the Olympics were cut short.
And yes, what about the rest of us? The ones whose dreams of actually watching our favorite athletes achieve Olympic history are ripped away from us as we innocently skim Twitter, only to see hours before Franklin’s event was televised, “OMG she did it! Her first GOLD.”
Or for those select few who went a whole day without checking the Internet, avoiding spoilers, only to be disappointed. As we anxiously waited until a few minutes before Franklin’s televised race, only to see a 30-second Today Show promo commercial of Franklin hugging her parents with a gold medal in hand.
A 30-second clip was all it took to ruin the moment.
Just like in every Olympics, there is triumph and victory, but there’s also defeat.
Does your company have a social media policy? If not, contact GillespieHall and we can help you create one!
What do you think of the 2012 Social Media Olympics? Have you been enthusiastically following your favorite athlete on Twitter? Or have you experienced defeat when your favorite moment was taken away by spoilers? Let us know!