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March 21, 2002
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*** "Here's the wind-up...and the pitch..." News
releases are great...but if you want to become a real a
"free publicity power-hitter," throw a pitch letter in
the direction of your favorite media contact. What's a
pitch letter? Read on.
*** "It's just common sense with chrome trim..." Marketing
tips from Frank Garon, who has lined his pockets - not with
chrome - but with gold, thanks (in part) to his knack for
getting free advertising and publicity.
*** "That's not free publicity! It's a license to steal!"
Success story from Michael Hart.
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How can three minutes of your time turn into thousands or
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Once you've gotten the attention of a reporter who has given
you either their time or some free publicity, write a thank
you note. A couple of lines are all that's necessary.
Mention how much you liked what you saw/heard/read. If
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mention that too. You can even - but do it briefly -
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Advanced Media Marketing Article
by George McKenzie
Unless you've got a brother-in-law in the business (or a
sister-in-law, of course), one of the the best ways to get
the attention of a reporter, producer, or editor is through
a "pitch letter."
A pitch letter is like a news release because it's an appeal
for attention or coverage. But where a news release is more
likely to be distributed en masse, pitch letters are
targeted - they go to a specific person with a specific
Pitch letters tend to be more personal in nature, so
they'll probably get more attention in the first few
seconds. Nonetheless, a pitch letter MUST follow a certain
format, a certain protocol, a certain etiquette (or
"lettequette, if you will) or it wind up in the same waste
basket as a badly-written news release.
So how do you do it right?
First, remember that the overall impression - the way the
pitch letter strikes the eye - the way it looks on first
glance - can non-verbally signal the difference between
treasure and trash to a busy reporter, producer or
Small print and big. blocklike paragraphs shout "You're
going to have to search for the story here." No one will
take the time.
Here are some other basics, suggested by Joan Stewart in her
outstanding Special Report #7, "How to Write the Perfect
Pitch Letter That Convinces an Editor to Write About You."
* Use company letterhead or plain white paper
* Choose a simple font with type size of at least 10 points
* Single space your copy with margins of one inch on each
* Bold/italics are okay, but don't overdo them
* Use bullets to list key points
* Spell the contact's name correctly, and send it to the
right address (you'd be amazed how often this one gets
* Snail mail your pitch letter. Email pitches are a whole
separate subject and I'll cover those in a future ezine.
Follow up by phone and BE CONSCIOUS OF DEADLINES. You'll get
blown off in an instant if you call the "pitchee" just
before a story has to be completed or they're about to go on
Finally - and this is more advice from Joan - understand
that "No" doesn't usually mean "Never." It just means "Not
now." So don't be afraid to pitch the same contact again at
Think of pitch "lettiquette" in baseball terms. Follow the
form above and you'll fire your pitch the right down the
middle, making it attractive for the reporter to take a
The likely result: a free-publicity home run for you and
Other Suggested Resources on this topic:
Joan Stewart's Special Report #7:How to Write the Perfect
Pitch Letter That Convinces an Editor to Write About You
Susan Harrow's outstanding work, "How To Get Booked On
Oprah." Susan targets the Oprah Show, but the principles
and tips apply to any situation where you're trying to get
free publicity from the media.
Also see Jeffrey Mayer's "Elevator Speech," which will help
you prepare a quick, clear, concise and COMPELLING
description of your product or service. Very helpful
information to have when you're pitching.
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I got a great response to Frank Garon's interview on our
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If you do much internet marketing, you probably know a
little bit about Frank. He's famous as "the former New
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on the internet. Frank will also admit that a few years
ago, before his internet business took off, he maxxed out
his credit cards and went bankrupt.
How times (and fortunes) have changed.
I got a copy of an eight-hour teleseminar Frank did recently
with Terry Dean, one of the most successful marketers doing
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I've listened to the entire eight hour tape series 3 times.
It's fascinating. These guys really know their stuff, and
they don't hesitate to share their "secrets"-- although
Frank recently said to me, "There really are no secrets.
Just common sense with chrome trim."
Frank's not bad at turning a phrase either.
There's plenty of "chrome trim" in this series, along with
the common sense.
I was especially intrigued when Frank described how he sold
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A SIMPLE IDEA EVEN I NEVER THOUGHT OF
Contributed by Michael Hart
Editor's note: My grandmother used to say, "You can ask for
anything if you're not afraid to take no for an answer."
The following success story is a perfect example.
Michael Hart is a colleague who speaks professionally on how
people - especially sales people - can boost their incomes
through free publicity. The story below appeared in his
ezine, "Publicity Prospecting" and is reprinted with his
A couple of weeks ago I was listening to my local talk radio
station (WAPI AM in Birmingham) and behold one of my readers
was on the air! He's an investment broker. After months of
prodding, through my ezine, he contacted the local hotshot
talk show guy (Richard Dixon), and now has his own weekly
segment. Mr. Dixon gives him 5 to 7 minutes, which in
promotional airtime is big, really big!
Each week this fellow has thousands of people hanging on
every word. And each week he receives dozens of calls for
investment advice, and from potential new clients.
But an interesting happened this week. Towards the
conclusion of his segment he asked the host if he could plug
an upcoming seminar. Obviously Mr. Dixon likes this guy,
because he said "sure". However the seminar was not his own.
He simply said "a friend of mine named David, with
Kensington will be conducting an investment and tax seminar
this Saturday at the Homewood library, between 1 and 3pm,
and everyone who is interested in learning his wealth
secrets should attend". Simple, short, to the point.
Well my curiosity got the better of me, and I
attended his little program. LITTLE my redneck behind!
There were over 150 people there!
No free coffee, no doughnuts, not a pro-bono peanut in
sight! After the program (about 45-50 minutes) roughly three
dozen folks ran to speak to him. Patiently I waited my turn,
I also wanted to know how he thought to ask his friend's
endorsement and subsequent plug.
What he said next floored me. "Never met the guy". "Heard
him a few times on Dixon (The radio show) gave him a call
and asked if he would plug my seminar".
Apparently he can and he did! Never in my most delirious
moment would I have thought, let alone had the guts to ask
such a thing, but hey why not. The worst that could happen
would be a "no", and you and I both are professionals at
dealing with that. And here's the most incredible part,
IT COST HIM NOTHING!
That's not free publicity, it's a license to steal.
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