How Media Coverage Begets Media Coverage

Jul 14, 2014 Samantha McGarry

They say all media coverage is good coverage. Well that’s a whole other topic for another post. But, just as energy begets energy, the same is often true of media coverage. And there are actually some nifty ways to ensure that it happens, giving extra oomph to your efforts. Think about these when planning out your media strategy:

• Target publications whose content is widely syndicated. Think Reuters or Associated Press whose stories reach far and wide, spanning other national publications like the New York Times, Huffington Post, major tech sites like Yahoo! News and innumerable regional publications.

• Focus on publications whose stories are often picked up and covered by other titles in their field. I think of these as "seed" targets. This happens a lot especially in the tech media and blogs where a solid story in, say, TechCrunch or 9to5Mac can find itself re-written, referred to and sourced in many other publications.

• Target specific reporters who, in addition to writing, often appear as expert guests on national broadcast media. Oftentimes, they are the ones being interviewed to help explain to the masses the impact of a new product or event.

Cleverly feed the Google machine. One strategically placed story with the right keyword in the headline can trigger a host of media inquiries and coverage if cleverly timed, especially when reporters are researching a hot topic or trend.

Of course, securing quality media coverage requires a well-crafted story, the right timing, plus a solid relationship with a reporter. Get these right, and the rest will follow.

Topics: Content, Media Relations, Public Relations, Journalism, PR, Storytelling
Samantha McGarry

Samantha is a senior vice president at Inkhouse. Her curiosity for business and technology - combined with her love of semantics and communication - has translated into a 20+ year career in PR.

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