Do you target your content pitches and press releases appropriately?

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Earlier this year Hubspot surveyed 500 journalists about PR tactics for pitching stories that were counter-productive (link to piece at the bottom).

That’s the polite way of saying they drew up a list of what irks journalists.

I’m sure there won’t be anything on the list to surprise seasoned PR’s – and this isn’t a post about dos and don’ts* – but there is one broader lesson: ‘Know the audience’.

Research the audience

When pitching to journalists this means not only knowing their patch but also understanding the publication/website and who its audience is.

I’ve worked with many brilliant PR’s over the years but the one who regularly sent me stories about window boxes wasn’t one of them.

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Why quotes on press releases matter

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Let’s talk about quotes on press releases and why they are a big opportunity but not always properly leveraged.

First and foremost, no one cares if you are ‘delighted’.

They don’t.

Harsh but true.

Powerful soundbite

The quote on a press release can be a powerful soundbite, an opportunity to expand on your story, showcase your business and expertise.

It’s an opportunity to add value, talk about context or strategy.

A good quote can really lift a story.

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