How to do media relations on your own

To put it succinctly, it’s a lot of hard work.

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I’m a big proponent of helping small business owners figure out how to do some of this stuff themselves. After all, they typically can’t afford a firm or a soloproneur and journalists would much rather talk to the business owner versus a PR professional.

But, after reading the story, I agree with Rebekah. It not only does a grave disservice to the PR industry, but also to small business owners.

In the article, sales guru Geoffrey James says:

I know people who are paying as much $10,000 a month to a PR firm and getting very little out of it. And that’s sad, because PR–getting positive media coverage–isn’t all that difficult. Here’s how it’s done.

Then he goes on to list the following:

• Devise a story worth writing about.

• Create nuggets to insert into the story.

• Offer yourself as a story source.

• Control the interview.

What is PR?

Most Spin Sucks readers don’t need a PR lesson. You already know PR isn’t “getting positive media coverage.” I’m speaking to the first-time visitors.

PR isn’t just about getting positive media coverage.

If you’re spending $10,000 a month and “getting very little out of it,” there are a few things going wrong.

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