How to develop a media strategy to generate good quality media coverage SERENA TRAMONTI firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com CARMEL GANNER firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 3rd October 2014
Page 14 YOUR story – your MESSAGE What is your organisation’s story? What does your organisation want to say? Who are your spokespeople?
Page 15 What makes a story? The story needs to be new For regional media, there needs to be a local link The same story with a key figure/celebrity attached will get more coverage
Page 16 What makes a story? -Counter intuitive -Big -Killer stat (illustrating growing, neglected or topical problem) -Impact on people’s lives -Horror or fear -Celebrity -Senior figure/expert - Innovation - Human interest -Political/global impact
Page 17 Press releases Regular social media posts using a mix of information and visuals: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Blogging Video and radio interviews Open Editorials Letters to the editor Now you have your story... Get media to talk about it!
Page 18 PRESS RELEASE: Basic Structure -For immediate release or embargoed until -Heading -First Paragraph- the ‘Who’, ‘When’, ‘What’, ‘Where’ and ‘Why’ -Second Paragraph -Quote -Ending Paragraph -ENDS -Contact Details -Notes to Editors
Page 20 Pitching your Press Release Identify key media -Who are your media targets?... -Who do you want to send your press release to? -Prepare a targets list- include names, email, phone numbers and Twitter accounts!
Page 21 Pitching your press release Timing- newspaper deadlines Telephone PRINT- telephone in the morning and ask for the journalist you have identified BROADCAST- contact the producer of the show you want to be on and have a chat with them N.B. If you don’t manage to speak with the journalist you wanted to, tweet them or contact them on Facebook to give them a heads up.
Page 22 Pitching your press release Follow up on your call by… - Sending them your release -Liking them/ commenting on their Facebook, sending them a link on Twitter Don’t be afraid to be persistent!
Page 23 Media Relationships Building relationships with journalists/ media outlets Keep a list of friendly contacts and twitter accounts Follow up on articles/ interviews with acknowledgements/ thank you/ another story Know your outlets
Page 24 Being a good spokesperson/contact Be contactable during the day AT ANY TIME Have three key messages ready It is a conversation! Show interest AND LISTEN Be polite and happy to explain Speak simply, clearly, from the heart, using everyday language and plenty of examples from your direct experience
Have they picked it up? always follow up with a thank you or another story!
Do’s 09 September 2012 Post regularly- evenings and week-ends are great! Always post videos and photos Try fill in the gaps posts “The reason I am fed up with George Osborne is _____” Keep it snappy Include your friends in conversations Use infographics 100 words is plenty Videos should be around 90 secs max People tend to engage for longer
Page 37 Use insights for monitoring Be careful with privacy settings Good quality visuals Don’t post too much
What is Twitter? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o
Broadcast Share connect with strangers search # hashtag
Write a profile bio and mention your organisation Search and engage fellow tweeters- tweet local and national influential Start conversations with journalists Ask questions to your followers When tweeting @mention people who don’t follow you dos
Use #hashtags for certain topics e.g. #ivorycoast Look out for people who are @mentioning you Say something original –or say it in an original way Look at what’s trending – can you make it relevant to any of your posts? dos
don’ts Only talk about one subject Ignore your twitter followers Send multiple tweets in a row Send out information you are not sure is correct
Page 43 How to use them with media Contact journalists and bloggers on and Publish the press release on your website/wordpress/ tumbl’r page Promote your event/campaign/ stunt/ fundraiser Use twitter/FB to crowd source photographers for your event- but remember to ask them for permission to use their photos Use Twitter to invite other locals that you don’t know to your event- look for them and then mention them in your tweets- they will soon become your followers.
How to write a tweet 1)@Jeff What would you like for your tea? Only people who follow you and Jeff can see the message. 2) What would you like for tea @Jeff Everyone can see this message 3)DM @Jeff What would you like for tea? Only you and Jeff can see the message
Page 45 Make it searchable by using keywords and hashtags. Ask a question Always include a link, video or photo Don’t use up all 140 characters When retweeting, add something original Combine the personal with the professional Use correct (and acceptable) punctuation Make it personable/ original Report on the now How to write a GOOD tweet
Page 46 Direct Headlines: e.g. Haiti earthquake – 250,000 dead. An Indirect Headline e.g Pakistan’s forgotten emergency (link) A News Headline: e.g Donors and drugs companies wasting chance to eliminate HIV - @oxfamgbpress on World Aids Day http://www.oxf.am/o5E @oxfamgbpresshttp://www.oxf.am/o5E The How to Headline ’How to shop vintage’ The 10 things you didn’t know about... How to write a GOOD tweet
Page 47 A Question Headline: e.g. ‘Do you close the bathroom door even when you’re the only one at home? The Command Headline: e.g. ‘Donate £10 to Oxfam today and save a life’ The Reason Why Headline. E.g. ‘13 million reasons to donate to our east Africa appeal’ or ’10 ways to save money and beat poverty this Christmas’ (link to top ten xmas gifts) Testimonial Headline, ““We are sleepwalking towards an avoidable age of crisis”, warns Barbara Stocking of Oxfam. How to write a GOOD tweet
Useful twitter apps www.muckrack.com – twitter journalist search engine www.muckrack.com www.twanslate.com – twitter translatorwww.twanslate.com www.tweetcloud.com – see what subjects people are talking about.www.tweetcloud.com www.screenr.com – instant video screencast. Great for emergencieswww.screenr.com www.wefollow.com – find influential twitter followers by taggingwww.wefollow.com www.formulists.com- helps you creating and monitoring listswww.formulists.com-
Page 52 A word on Blogs Unique selling point Short and visual Hyperlocal Post regularly
Page 53 Blogs, twitter, facebook media central interaction central sharing central