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GET FREE PUBLICITY EZINE

August 22, 2002
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George McKenzie, Editor

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Here are the headlines (also known in the news biz as
"teases"):


*** Time flies when you're having fun, right? But if you're
a journalist on deadline, time also flies when you're NOT
having fun -- a fact anyone pitching a story can't afford to
ignore. See the Advanced Media Marketing Article below.

*** Beauty is only skin deep, they say. But a lot of
"beautiful" media kits get UNDER the skin of working
reporters, producers, and editors. See this edition's Quick
Media Marketing Tip.

*** Does your brain lock when someone starts talking tax
law? Do your eyes glaze over when you see stories about
401(k)s, 529s, 503(b)s, etc? See our "Press Release
Critique of the Week" for an example of how one company took
a dull and sometimes complicated subject and turned it into
a pretty good pitch for free publicity.

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Quick Media Marketing Tip:
Packed-and-Pretty Media Kits = Money For Nuthin'
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By George McKenzie

In the last edition of Get Free Publicity, I described the
difference between a press release and a media kit.

And...I promised I'd share my thoughts on how much money you
should spend creating a slick, glossy, and fully-packed
media kit.

Well, here's my opinion: None.

Or at best, very little.

Iíve seen people and companies spend a fortune producing
large, glossy, media kits with 20 pages of information,
knock-out graphics, a beautiful folder, and so on and so on.
I suspect folks who send these kits believe that a big,
beautiful package will impress journalists and raise their
chances of getting coverage.

Itís been my experience though, that most media kits wind up
in the trash.

First of all, hardly anyone has space to space to store
them.

And more importantly, few journalists have time to read them
(see the week's Advanced Media Marketing Article below for
elaboration).

If you dump a lot of dough into trying to impress
journalists with a fancy media kit, you probably won't get
anything near your investment in return. To borrow a line
from a Dire Straits song, you'll wind up spending a lot of
"Money For Nuthin.'"

Media kits CAN be useful to journalists.

They just don't have to cost a fortune.

To learn how to assemble a boffo media package
inexpensively, check out Joan Stewartís Special Report #8-
Media Kits On A Shoestring: How To Create Them Without
Spending A Bundle

Joan also has an excellent Special Report on how to build an
online media room. See Special Report #22-How To Create An
Online Media Room And Keep The Media Coming Back

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Advanced Media Marketing Article:
Help Reporters "Beat the Clock" and
They'll Help You "Beat the Drum"
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By George McKenzie

Imagine that you had lunch with an important client or
prospect. You thought you had plenty of time, but the
client/prospect got chatty, the restaurant was jammed and
service was slow.

Itís now about 1:45 and youíre due back at the office for an
important 2:00 oíclock meeting. You canít afford to be
late. If you hit the traffic lights just right, youíll walk
into the conference room right on time.

But you donít hit the first couple of lights just right, and
youíre starting to sweat.

Then at 1:55, half a mile from the office, you see the
blocking arms coming down just as youíre pulling up to a the
train crossing. A freight train lumbers into view.

Now youíre really sweating about being late.

Ever had that feeling? Not fun, huh?

Thatís the feeling most people in the news business live
with. Not just once in a while either.

Every day.

Unless youíve been through it, you canít imagine the gut-
wrenching and hand-wringing that goes on as a deadline
approaches and youíre battling to get your column written,
your radio report ready, or your TV live shot on the air.

There are constant challenges --

Journalistic: Is my information accurate? Have I confirmed
it? Is there anything important Iím leaving out? Will my
competition have something I donít?

Human: there are other people screwing up their jobs all
around you, but you still have to get yours done as if
everything and everyone performed flawlessly.

Technical: Computers crash, cameras and tape recorders
donít work, tires go flat. Technological advances in
newsgathering have been breathtaking since I got into the
business. But one thing hasnít changed: Murphyís Law.

Throw all these challenges together, and simply doing your
job everyday can get fairly uncomfortable.

For an interesting insight into what I mean here, go to

http://www.get-free-publicity.com/ford.html

It's the story of a near-disaster I experienced shortly
after I had done an interview with former President Gerald
Ford.

Iím not asking for sympathy here. If youíre in the
business, you know thatís how it is and you accept it. Itís
part of the job description. It "comes with the territory."

Iím describing it to you, however, so you know the normal
mental state, the mindset of the people youíll be dealing
with when you're trying to get free publicity for yourself
or your business.

And the mindset is "get to the point, tell me what I need to
know, and donít waste my time with anything unnecessary."

When I was doing a weeknight sportscast at KMOL TV in San
Antonio, I used to hang a sign on my office door every night
at "crunch time," which was 60 minutes or so before I went
on the air.

The sign read:

"If itís important, say it fast.
If itís not, say it later."

As you send your press releases to people in the media, keep
that in mind.  Nothing will hurt your chances of getting
publicity from them as much as wasting their time with non-
essential stuff.

Help them "beat the clock," and they'll be more likely to
help you "beat the drum" by giving you thousands of dollars
worth of coverage -- and free publicity.

***Excerpted from George McKenzie's soon-to-be-published
ebook, "Start Spreading The News." See future editions of
this ezine for publication details.

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The Headline Test: Does it make the reader want to keep
going to find out more about the story?

The Hot Button Test: Does it legitimately offer
information people need to know or would like to know?


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You'll see how investment firm took one of the world's most
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August 22, 2002
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