To build on a previous post of mine Why Local Listings are Crucial for Small Businesses, I thought I’d compile a few pertinent statistics from surveys like the Brightlocal Local Consumer Review Survey into a nifty little infographic. The numbers that grabbed my attention were:
• 7 out of 10 online consumers trust reviews that they read on sites like Yelp, Google, and Yahoo Local
• 69% of online consumers trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation
Feel free to use this infographic on your blogs and pages, I’m going to try to do more of these as I think up statistical groups that apply to small business marketing. If you have any ideas about infographics you’d like to see, leave it for me in a comment. Thanks for looking.
Getting a placement in a major publication can be a terrific way to drive more customers to your business. Being written about in a newspaper or magazine is a great way to get your company positive exposure through media outlets. It’s for this reason that getting your business written about should definitely be a part of your business’s overall marketing strategy. Here are specific instructions on how you can get your business written about in magazines and newspapers.
Develop Your “Story”
The first thing you need is to figure out what part of your business is “newsworthy”. Simply existing as a business isn’t typically enough to get your business written about. You need to have a story. Maybe you do something for the environment, or perhaps one of your services is innovative and unlike something that’s been done before, or maybe you’re giving away something for free. Whatever it is, figure out how to make it into a story that you can pitch to newspapers and magazines.
Build a Media Package
Your business is never too small or too young to have a media package. So develop yours and send it off to your local newspapers, TV and radio stations. A media package contains all the important material about your company including your location, the nature of your business, and names and biographical information of company officers. You can either hire a PR firm to prepare and send this off for you or you can develop the package yourself.
Use “Guerilla” Style Marketing
Sometimes we need to use some non-traditional methods to get the attention of the media. While not all of these tactics work all the time, they can be a great way to get exposure for your brand if you can manage to generate something newsworthy. Publicity stunts are one form of this style of marketing. Viral videos such as spoofs of commercials or other popular videos are another type of guerilla marketing. Think outside the box and do some research on publicity stunts because while these techniques can be very effective they can also be very risky if not handled correctly (see Kanye West’s storming of the stage of the Grammys during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech.)
Follow Up and Try Again
If you sent a media package out, perhaps you could give a friendly call or email to the person(s) that you sent it to and just check to see if they received it and if they’re planning on running a story. If not, you can ask what sort of content they’re looking for and what would make a better story the next time around.
There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for receiving media exposure, but with hard work and persistence it can be a very effective way of receiving the positive attention for your company that helps build your business and brand awareness.
Do you have more ideas on how to get media exposure? Leave us a comment or email me at darren.dvx[at]gmail[dot]com