Publicity Hound Marilynn Mobley of Atlanta, Georgia writes with this comment about my advice two weeks ago to stop staging boring check-passing photos: "AMEN to your advice about how dreadful 'passing the check' photos are. I thought you might be interested to know that they can actually be dangerous as well. "Recently, I picked up a magazine to … [Read more...]
A Publicity Hound who just started reading this newsletter emailed me last week, asking if I have any clever suggestions for an interesting check-passing photo. Sorry, I said. There is no such thing. Every check-passing photo looks alike. Two people stand shoulder-to-shoulder, each clutching one end of a check and staring into the camera with a … [Read more...]
If the situation warrants it, some Publicity Hounds like to give a particular story to their favorite media that reaches a large audience. If a certain newspaper or magazine knows they will get the story first, they will be more inclined to cover you--as long as it's a good story. With photos, however, that isn't necessarily the case. When … [Read more...]
She arrived in Milwaukee at age 24 with less than $40 in her purse, learned to speak English and took the streetcar to work. Today, at age 75, Magrit Heitmann still logs up to 1,500 hours a year doing what she loves best--organizing the hundreds of volunteers for Germanfest, one of the signature festivals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was a clever … [Read more...]
When Dan Collins had to drum up publicity for the opening of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, he stayed away from the cliche ribbon-cutting ceremony. Instead, he thought of as many news angles as he could. There were the "magnet physicians" the hospital had recruited and … [Read more...]
In the more than two decades I worked as a newspaper editor, I saw one special event planner after another moan and complain that the media didn't give them enough publicity to draw huge crowds--resulting in special events that were colossal flops. In many cases, it wasn't the media's fault. The event planners did it to themselves. Some of them … [Read more...]
Three Publicity Hounds have ideas for Sue Tremblay of Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Sue wants suggestions on how to publicize the fact that Francis Farm, a clambake facility in her town, is open year-round. Business during the summer is good, but it drops off this time of year.
From Linda Williams of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania:
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Eighteen ublicity Hounds have tips for Anne Deeter Gallaher of Camp Hills, Pennsylvania. Her client is breaking ground for a new clinic addition. It houses a family practice with nine physicians that have 30,000 patients. She wants alternatives to the routine and boring groundbreaking ceremony.
From Lisa "Chase" Patterson of Jersey … [Read more...]
Opening a new pizza shop? Invite a reporter to the shop so the client can teach her how to make a pizza. Tell her she'll even learn how to twirl the dough around on her fist, then throw it up in the air and catch it. Opening a hardware store? Invite a reporter to a class on how to install a new toilet, and invite him to write about it for the … [Read more...]
Yahoo didn’t need any clever publicity hooks to promote its 10th anniversary recently.
There was more than enough for the media to cover, including interviews with co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo, who parlayed Yahoo Inc. from a college hobby into a full-time job. Today, the thirtysomethings are billionaires.
But … [Read more...]