The PR Playbook: Fitness Media Coverage for Your Health Brand

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Watch for tips on how to collaborate with fitness editors, media and influencers. . .

 

When you need to get the word out about your new fitness class, gym, yoga studio or wellness workshop, the fastest way to connect with customers and clients is through influencers and media.  Sign up for ThePRPlaybook.com for more real life lessons on how to build your fitness, health, wellness and nutrition startup.

In this video I show you how to get started, how to find the writers, bloggers and journalists most likely to collaborate with you and report on your launch and how to connect via email and social media.

It’s been just a few weeks and I have already connected the brand with The NY Daily News, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The NY Post, US News & World Report, Well & Good NYC and TimeOut NY.

Time Out NY

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Check out more coverage here NY Daily News and here US News & World Report

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What is H.I.I.P. HYPE?

A new fitness experience in New York, created by artist and personal trainer, Sayco Williams, H.I.I.P. HYPE stands for High Intensity Interval Painting. Many exercise and fitness enthusiasts are familiar with high intensity interval training, where someone performs a given exercise for a short interval followed by a rest interval; it’s a very effective and very efficient means of training that can produce impressive results.

Sweat it Out, Brush it Off

H.I.I.P. HYPE puts a brand new spin on this popular style of training by incorporating acrylic painting on canvas into rest periods, allowing participants to express their creativity in a pressure-free group setting.

An Exercise in Creative Self-Expression

No prior painting experience is required; many participants have never painted before. And while some brief and general instructions are given during the warm-up, the goal is unhindered expression; to flow with whatever comes out.

Fun Fitness for All

The exercise portion is all done with bodyweight exercises, meaning minimal equipment requirements and participants of any fitness level can be happily accommodated.

With Brain Boosting Benefits

This combination of physical activity and creative stimulation leads to an amplified mind-body connection, and is a perfect remedy for the hyper-connected, permanently-stressed culture that permeates the world today. A study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows that regular exercisers do better on tests of creativity than their more sedentary peers. Everyone benefits from disconnecting on a regular basis, and taking a HH class is an exhilarating way to reap that benefit and get a great workout in as well.

H.I.I.P Hype classes are also great for people who have become bored with their traditional fitness routine — it’s unlike any other fitness class out there.

The PR Playbook – Your Startup Strategy

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Who am I? Why am I creating ThePRPlaybook.com and how will it help you?

My name is Madeline Johnson and I am a Marketing & Media Strategist & Consultant specializing in health, wellness, fitness & nutrition. I am based in NYC.  I enjoy working with startups and entrepreneurs who are  creating anything that makes us look and feel good. I am also the creator of The PR Playbook, an essential guide to growing your business through brand awareness and consumer engagement that leads to sales.

I consult. I strategize and I create content for emerging brands. I help businesses grow. Right now, at this moment, I am working on –

  • Creating brand guidelines and editing training manuals for Tevia Feng, the creator and founder of White Tiger Qigong.
  • Writing and designing digital media kits for Kyle Rothschild, owner of HearthandBeam and BrownDogFancy.
  • Developing a blogging and social media strategy for Richard Silver, a very talented photographer who is about to embark on A Remote Year.

I am creating The PR Playbook, a two hour online course, to help startups and small brands  cut through the clutter of repetitive, abundant and confusing marketing advice, while helping them to understand and execute only the most productive and critical marketing tactics and activities to build upon success.

This course is unique in that it is an intelligently-designed mash up of marketing strategy, timely tactics and and technology to help you grow faster. 

With each lecture you will benefit from –

  • my years of experience working with businesses of all sizes while collaborating with top tier media like The NY Times and The Wall Street Journal and influential bloggers. I have had the opportunity to represent incredible brands like Reebok, Aveda, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Lisa Drayer, former CNN Health correspondent and author of The Beauty Diet, to name a few.
  • a real time focus on continual social media execution and every day marketing in the moment activities with real time insights as I work with brands of all stages and sizes and from around the world.
  • wisdom from winning business strategies and growth hacking techniques boiled down to simple and easy to understand and implement directives.

Note:

This course offers much more than just high level strategy and lessons on how to find a writers email or google more bloggers to review your new product.

Who is this course perfect for?

Startups, brands and personal consultants and coaches disrupting the world of health with technology and new products and services designed to help people become physically, emotionally and mentally prime.

Professionals in the wellness industry including aestheticians, spa operators, licensed massage therapists, cosmetic dentists, physical therapists, meditation facilitators and anyone with a business helping people become a better and stronger version of themselves.

Personal trainers, dancers and fitness coaches and mentors who are looking to build an online community and audience for their new workout product, video classes, gym concept, studio or other exercise innovation.

The two-hour course will launch this September. Sign up here to receive updates at ThePRPlaybook.com

How Does Your Business Add Value?

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Writers for top tier media like The Huffington Post are generally very curious people. If you are going after media coverage and you’ve landed an interview, be sure to share the problem your business helps solve. Share your personal story as well. Did you create your business because of a problem you were having yourself? This is what makes your story more interesting, authentic and possibly more shareable.

Need help sharing your story with editors and journalists? Reach out for a complimentary brain storming session with me. Send me at Tweet @marketcouncil

Is Your Brand Story Newsworthy?

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Almost every entrepreneur and marketing director out there knows that getting press coverage and influential writers to share their start up business story is important. Press coverage can open up their brand to a whole new target market and potential for sales.

What they don’t know is how to pitch a story to a journalist, writer or reporter.

I disagree with some growth strategists when it comes to getting the media and influencers to cover your new brand story.  Some will tell you to start small, contact the less influential bloggers and websites first. That might work if you want to be a one hit wonder, but not if you are building a brand that is built to last.
In my years of experience, all top tier media want the scoop first. Whether it is a writer from The Huffington Post or Fox News, they are looking to be the one to break the news. I have worked with many media members – from editors of The New York Times to Vogue and GQ, and I will tell you right now, they don’t want to be the second or third to share your story.
When planning out your media strategy, target your list of influencers. Create a top target list and pitch them first.
Note: If you have been covered by other websites or influencers and you are pitching those in the big league, let them know. They will appreciate your honesty which will eventually build trust and a long lasting relationship, which is what you want with the media in the first place.
Doing your own public relations and media outreach involves building writer relationships and those relationships start with being open and transparent.
Are these tips helpful to you? Be sure to sign up for The PR Playbook, your essential guide to brand growth  launching this September 2016.

Where to Find Me
As a marketing & public relations expert and social media pro I help businesses grow.
Learn more about my career and professional background here.

Subscribe above to my YouTube channel for sage tips, hacks and recs about marketing and social media and follow me on Twitter for health, wellness and fitness insight & news.

Follow me on Instagram where I post inspiration for startups, entrepreneurs and hustlers in health and wellness. @madelinemariejohnson

Let’s connect on LinkedIn & check out the video wake up call that will increase your self-awareness and storytelling abilities.

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News Coverage for Your Personal Brand

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Here is an important tip for you to follow when you are reaching out to the media for news coverage. Ask yourself Why??? Why would the audience of USA Today, The New York Times or The Huffington Post care? What stories are they sharing with their friends, family and co-workers and why? Build your story around what matters most to the writer’s audience.

You may have the most remarkable business idea created this year, but it’s just not enough to pitch your startup’s story to a reporter or journalist.

Influencers and journalists want pitches that will get shares. They are looking for news that will be retweeted on Twitter, shared on Facebook, repinned on Pinterest and forwarded through email.

You can increase your chances of news coverage success when you include why the writer, reporter and producer’s audience (their fans and followers) will share the story you are pitching.

So how do you do that? How do you know if your story pitch is a shareable one?

  1. Create an emotive pitch. Get to the heart of the story. Make it moving, inspiring, shocking. Something that will make other’s wake up when they read or watch it.
  2. If you are emailing a pitch to an influencer, craft a headline that arouses curiosity.
  3. Make sure you load it with emotional appeal and if you can leverage some controversy. More from @Jeffbullas here.

Want more tips like these? Subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

Sign up for my course www.theprplaybook.com launching this September 2016.

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The Smartest Way to Get PR Coverage

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Media outreach can be the bane of any PR/social media manager’s existence. When it comes to the day-to-day in marketing and PR, there is nothing more frustrating than pitching people who aren’t paying attention.

Even if you have the most fascinating and compelling story ever told, reaching out to incredibly busy influencers and reporters can feel like throwing darts into the dark. Some writers and reporters admit to happily deleting over 500 pitches a day. Some even find the purging quite therapeutic.

Babbler, created by two very smart sisters in the PR world, is a more strategic way to share your story with influential writers, journalists, bloggers and reporters on YouTube.

In this inteview, Hannah Oiknine, co-founder of Babbler explains how the social network for media relations works and why it is easier than a source like H.A.R.O.

Babbler is growing daily. Over 300 small and big brands have joined on, including Yelp and Nike and publicists from agencies of all sizes have brought their connections of over 5,000 media members.

If you are a frustrated digital media manager looking for some vanity credentials for your home page or a public relations professional checking out new tech tools, then sign up for a 30-day free trial of Babbler using the code Madeline Johnson today.

Creating Your Brand’s Digital Newsroom

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As a new business, brand or startup, you will increase your chances of proper top-tier media coverage and future collaborations with popular influencers by creating a 24/7 digital newsroom on your website.

What should you have ready for writers and producers to download?

  • Your brand story video.
  • A fact sheet about your startup.
  • High resolution head shot and brief bio of the founder and team members.
  • Photos of your products/services along with brief descriptions of each. Be sure to include, price, size, availability and the actual launch date.
  • A vector file of your logo and your brand map.

If you need guidance or assistance setting up your digital newsroom, let’s connect. Find me on Twitter @marketcouncil

The Fastest Way to Get Press Coverage

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I get asked all the time about how to get top tier press coverage in online outlets like Men’s Health, Shape and Prevention.

You don’t need to hire a PR agency to get media coverage for your new health, wellness and fitness brand. What you need is a fast way to build relevant media contacts. Check out my chat with the co-founder of GoPRIt.com.

Do you have questions about how to grow your health and fitness brand? Comment below, I would be happy to help.

9 New Ways to Perfect Your Pitch

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If you are trying to create high-quality content and news pitches that produce strong media placements for your brand, these tips will increase your chances of earning coverage by 99%.

  1. Plan ahead. It takes time for a reporter to write a story. For digital, give it at least a six weeks lead-time.
  1. Reseabaseball_steroidsrch the reporter/journalist first. Read their stories and watch their segments. Get to know their beat and go in with that first. Make it super-personalized to them. Follow them on social media. See how they pitch their stories.
  1. Create an interesting subject title, something that really sparks. Something witty and enticing to click open.
  1. Pitch a story, not your company. Include your brand in a broader “trend” story.  If you are a smaller, emerging brand, than stand on the shoulder of giants. If your competition is a part of the “trend” use them in your pitch to make your brand look bigger and brighter. Think about what will help that reporter get more clicks, lure in more readers, sell the news.
  1. Try to tie your story into a topic the journalist has already covered or something timely and interesting happening right now, like a trending topic.
  1. While you are drawing them in, get to the point fast and be concise. Keep it short, sweet and focus on the news, not just your brand. Proofreading also helps. Check for typos and misspells. It happens to the best of us.
  1. Include legit statistics and studies and end with a question – something they might feel they actually have to respond to, like “Would you be interested in sharing this story on ______?
  1. Suggest a reasonable way to follow up – email? phone call? meeting?
  1. Ask if they’d like exclusive coverage. In a sea of sameness, every reporter would love a scoop.

What Really Gets Press Coverage?

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And the question of the day is –  what actually gets press coverage from the media? If your product isn’t getting the earned editorial props it deserves, perhaps it’s just a matter of telling your story in a different way.

  1. Billion (and gazillion) dollar space research gets press. Is your product “breakthrough” or innovative in anyway?
  2. Scary scientific studies that can kill us or make us very sick for a very long time gets press.  Does your product or service help save us or the planet, if so, how?
  3. People doing bad things – now that gets way too much press.
  4. How technology and the big, bad Internet is always changing everything we do, want, need – gets lots and lots of press.  Does your product fix a big problem? Maybe a problem we don’t even know we have yet?  Well, how big is that problem?
  5. Things we can relate to, like “13 Smells That Every New Yorker is Way too Familiar With” @BuzzFeed  What exactly does your service do to make people feel at one with it?
  6. Things we should worry about  or not worry about, now that gets press.
  7. Trends in fashion, music, food, cars get press. Is your thing a part of a regional or worldwide trend?
  8. Native advertising (an advertisement disguised as a news article) like this pen and paper combo with livescribe app gets a different kind of confusing press. This is not real press.
  9. Stuff that may or may not happen, but we should be anxious about – gets press.
  10. Useful, fun tips and life advice gets press. Can you offer tips, tricks, hacks when using your service?      Need help putting a little spin on your story. Drop us a line at m.johnson@themarketcouncil.com