How to Create Your Very First Email Campaign Using Mailchimp

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Email marketing is still a very viable source of communication when done properly.

It’s one of the smartest ways to stay in touch with your customers and clients, as long as you are adding value.

That is exactly why I created this video tutorial above and here on YouTube.

I also have PDF’s you can use to follow along if video isn’t your thing.  Just drop me a line at m.johnson@themarketcouncil.com and I will send them your way.

xo

MJ

Standing Out in a Sea of Startups

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What’s keeping me busy these days involves writing and filming digital news kits for startups and new brands. I have a lot of fun helping them shape their brand stories as I prime them for interviews and news coverage.

Watch this 45 second video above for one of my best tips on how to share a more authentic brand story that influencers and journalists what to hear.

Like these tips? Want more? Sign up for my media relations 101 course for start ups and entrepreneurs, launching this September 2016. Check out ThePRPlaybook.com

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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How to Pitch Your Story to the Press

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Here are a few real tips for developing fresh, new story ideas that will intrigue the media, get you press coverage and include your business, brand, product or service in their story. Your ideas should serve the journalist as well as their reader and viewer.

1.Know who you are pitching and learn what stories are popular
Research what your targeted media reporter or writer has already written. What piece received the most shares? What articles and segments were most popular? Think of new ways to tell the story. New angles. You certainly don’t want to pitch them an idea they have recently covered.

2. Do the research. Save them time.
Do all the difficult background work for the reporter, journalist or writer.
Save the editor time, their most precious commodity. Get your testimonials together, photos, b-roll, everything in one place, before you pitch the story.

3.Remember generic stories don’t sell
Specific stories do. What stories do you have that no one else can offer? What can you give them access to, that no one else has?

4. Be an observer. Take notes and think like a reporter.
Think like a reporter. Be curious. Keep an Evernote file of observations, conversations and every day moments that are distinctive and unique, and also common. Observe what is happening with your clients and customers. Be a spy, listen to conversations. What are they talking about online or in your spa, gym or practice. What stands out?

5. Write and communicate in the style of the media you are approaching.
Pitch in the tone and voice of the particular media outlet you are trying to get coverage in. If their voice is snappy, snarky and a bit skeptical, then serve up your pitch in the same way. Perhaps they report using statistics and studies? Then do the research and site your sources. If they report quick micro-bites of information, then do the same.

6. Always keep your pitch brief.
Keep your story pitch short, sweet and to the point. Include what is important and a quick way to reach you.

7. Stay ahead of your industry
Read trend reports from sources like Mintel, Euromonitor, Trendhunter and Zeitguide. What will be the next new thing in health, wellness, nutrition and fitness? You don’t need to be “trendy” but you need to know what is trending. What’s your take on these trends? Do you offering anything that is similar? Perhaps you know they are just fads. Maybe you have alternatives that work better.

 

 

 

 

and stay ahead of what is trending on Twitter, Google and Pinterest.