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March 7, 2002
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Want to get free publicity? Remember these stories about
Dr. Laura, a beat up old Volkswagen, and the history of
"The Write Stuff." How Lydia Ramsey snagged thousands of
dollars of free newspaper publicity with a few minutes
work and a few lines of copy.
"Please Release Me..." If you stand out and your product is
worthy of media attention, then press releases are an
awesome method to start creating a traffic jam at
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Success Story: Tip Sheets Work!
Lydia Ramsey, author of "Manners That Sell: Adding The
Polish That Builds Profits," shares this success story.
She provided a tip sheet to a reporter from the St. Paul
Pioneer Press, and the bonanza of free publicity followed.
"...she published them verbatim. She signed up for my
monthly e-zine on business etiquette. When she received my
holiday tips, she contacted me again to ask if I could write
them up in a format that she could print. She published
them unedited. In January she saw the Busiquiz which I had
just added to the site and featured it on the front page of
the business section. This time she didn't contact me in
advance, but printed it and sent me the tear sheet.
Each time she has provided my resource box at the end of the
article. I have seen a noticeable increase in book orders
and inquiries about my speaking from the Mid-West. I
attribute that activity directly to the three articles that
she has published in the Pioneer Press."
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Quick Media Marketing Tip
Contributed by Terry Dean: Press Releases
This is probably the most powerful traffic builder available
if you have a strong Unique Web Position for your site.
If you stand out and your site or product is worthy of media
attention, then this is an awesome method to start creating
a traffic jam at your site.
A good tool to use in promoting your site through free press
is the Gebbie all-in-one media directory which lists all of
the contact information of the media. A free sample which
will enable you to get started can be obtained by visiting
Once you have the directory or the sample, you can start
studying (Gebbie has some info on this as well) how to write
effective press releases.
Just because your first press release may not be published,
don't let that bother you. Try again. Learn more about what
they want. Then, do it again.
You can receive more traffic from having your web site
published in a magazine, newspaper, radio, or TV broadcast
than hundreds of ads you place for yourself.
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Dr. Laura, A Beat Up Old Volkswagen, And The History Of
How To Get Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Traffic-Generating
Free Publicity Just By Talking Out Loud.
By George McKenzie
Baseball great Reggie Jackson, who often got more publicity
than he wanted, once said, "The media are like birds on a
wire. When one flies, they all fly."
Everyone in the media monitors everyone else, because
NO ONE wants to miss anything or leave the impression
they're falling behind current events.
You can use that competitive spirit (some people call it a
"herd mentality")to build a free publicity machine for
yourself. Especially on radio.
How to get attention the first time requires a whole
separate article (I have one on our website), but here's
what you do to get producers and talk show hosts to love
you--and to invite you back often.
***Be available. When former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros
was a San Antonio City Councilman, he could always be found
on short notice. When a guest canceled at the last minute,
many a frantic host breathed easier when they saw Henry's
beat up old Volkswagen pulling into the station lot just
before airtime. No wonder Cisneros later became one of the
most popular mayors in San Antonio history.
***Speak Your Mind. Radio hosts LOVE guests who have the
courage to be controversial. "Dr. Laura" was originally
scheduled to be a one-time guest on an LA radio station some
years ago, but she was so engaging and fearless, she
got invited back again and again. Of course, now she has
her own syndicated show.
***Use Your Imagination--and the vast resources of the
internet. Got a spaghetti dinner coming up at your church
that you want to plug on the air? Are you wondering just how
you give a spaghetti dinner some radio "sex appeal?"
"Go to the internet," says veteran morning drive personality
Sonny Melendrez. "Look up spaghetti. Talk about the
history of spaghetti on the air. Keep your tongue firmly
planted in your cheek, and make up whatever you want. Look
up food jokes. Church jokes. Put it to work for you in a
And don't worry, you'll get your chance to give important
details...date, time, place phone numbers, etc...
Do these things and you'll be amazed how often you're
invited back...and how often you start getting invitations
from other stations. Remember what Reggie Jackson said
about "birds on a wire." Keep that in mind, and you'll soar
to new heights as a popular radio guest.
Other Suggested Resources on this topic:
Joan Stewart's Special Report #13: "How To Recycle Your
Publicity." Go to
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 an idea to
Tom Antion's Teleseminar with Former L. A. Radio Talk Show
Host Joel Roberts: "Kick The Ears Off Your Audience: How To
Be Great On Radio." Available through Tom's "Speaker Shop"
SOUND ADVICE - Links to other articles
I found a number of terrific articles circulating on the net
in the last two weeks. Here are two I think will be
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adress below the article description.
It pays to occasionally examine Web sites of media outlets.
Sifting through Web pages can unearth tools and information
that can help you in your PR efforts.
By Kelle Campbell
In the search for a good HOW-TO subject, a writer may often
settle on a 'How To Prevent -' idea. How to prevent acne,
hemorrhoids, falling hair, carpal tunnel syndrome and on and
on. This information rarely sells.
By Don Pagan
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These are some of the resources that have been most helpful
to us in building on online presence:
Terry Dean's NetBreakthroughs...
"Click" by Tom Antion. EBook. A "gotta-have-it" guide for
Internet Marketing Course-Cory Rudl
"The Amazing Formula"
Postmaster General-the listserver we use:
But THE ONE RESOURCE that has made the biggest impact on our
A shopping cart and automation system so simple even I
figured out how to do it. Autoresponders, client database,
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you're serious about doing business on the net, DEFINITELY
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60 minute interview.
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They said it, but they didn't mean it quite that way...
From Sports events:
"As Phil De Glanville said, each game is unique, and this
one is no different than any other." -- Channel 4 news
"If England are going to win this match, they're going to
have to score a goal." -- Grandstand, BBC1
"Well, I guess we can see that Ralph isn't a left-handed
hooker." -- Sportscaster, after Ralph Sampson missed a left-
handed hook shot.
"It's an island because it's surrounded by land. I mean
water. Islands are surrounded by water, and that affects
them." -- A TV commentator for America's Cup racing.
"And the name of that country really tells you exactly where
these guys are from." -- A TV commentator during an Olympic
"How awful! Do you still have an artificial leg?" -- Simon
Fanshawe, during a Metro Radio Interview, when a listener
said, "My most embarrassing moment was when my artificial
leg fell off at the altar on my wedding day."
"So did you see which train crashed into which train first?"
-- A talk radio interviewer, questioning a 15-year old
eyewitness to a head-on train collision. The answer he gave
was, "No, they both ran into each other at the same time."
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Editor: George McKenzie
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