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|September 13, 2016||Posted by Anharris under Events|
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|November 1, 2013||Posted by Anharris under Communications, Guest Posts, PR, Topics|
GUEST POST BY
Richard Branson, Jack Welch and Mark Zuckerberg are among the savvy CEOs who get better and more powerful press coverage.
It’s because they use Next Level PR principles that rely on these factors to generate news: controversy, humor story, consistency and simplicity – the same principles you can use to promote and grow your company.
For details log onto my latest artricle on Next Level PR strategies in First America Startup or read excerpts below.
If Your Company Wants to Make Big News Use ‘Next Level PR’
What! Now is the time to jump in with two feet and take full advantage of the controversy over the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare to generate news for those who want to become leaders.
More than anything, journalists love controversy. We recently got a cover story in The PCB Magazine on how manufacturers of printed circuit boards for medical devices and an automated medication monitoring system will benefit from the Affordable Care Act with supporting comments by the nation’s leading medical ethicist Dr. Zeke Emanuel.
There are times when funny will get you a lot more positive exposure than deadpan. Think New Jersey Governor Chris Christie eating a donut in front of David Letterman or Michelle Obama getting her groove with Jimmy Fallon.
Washington Post humorist and syndicated columnist Gene Weingarten once interviewed our client Hilla Ovil-Brenner, founder of WhiteSmoke, a turbo-charged spellchecker.
Weingarten quipped that Ovil-Brenner probably didn’t like it when people learned to spell because it would hurt her business.
She quipped back, “If I sold plus-size fashions, that would not mean I want women to be fat, it means I want them to feel good, look good and be successful in their lives. Just like WhiteSmoke helps people….”
The interview was hilarious and got picked up by newspapers nationwide. Product sales soared.
Too often organizations forget that their CEO is a real-life character whose heart, skills, challenges, obstacles and conflicts make for far more interesting reading than canned quotes about how, “Delighted we are to announce Jean as the new VP engineering at Techno Pants Corp.”
Stop sanitizing CEOs. Let them be human, let them talk about how they resolve conflicts with the board of directors, investors or the government and their personal and business relationships. Make them come alive. We love knowing about Ben and Jerry, Jobs and Wosniak, Bill and Melinda and Richard Branson because we see them as real people.
Quick, who knows the CEO of Dell or American Airlines?
While representing institutional investment managers, a journalist once mused, “How come 75% of all money managers are in the top quartile when it comes to their performance news releases?” That’s because the poor performers hide in the weeds when their numbers are down and emerge only when their numbers are up.
Want to win the respect of journalists, build credibility and generate positive press over the long haul? Be accessible when the news is bad. Get it out, get it over with and move on. When it’s time to deliver good news, you will be far more credible and will have a bond of trust with the editors and reporters that results in positive press.
Keep it simple. How many times do we use jargon like OEM, Forex or Q4 without thinking that the journalist who makes the first cut on our news release might be new to manufacturing or finance to say nothing of the reader. Journalism critics note that The Wall Street Journal, whose readers are supposed to be mostly business types, explains every term that is likely to be unfamiliar to the layperson.
Kim Wallace of the market research firm Wallace & Washburn in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and author of “Why People Don’t Buy Things,” puts it this way. “Liken new concepts to what we already know. Let’s say you want to reach customers who had never seen snow tires before and wanted to explain their benefit. If you say, ‘They are like snowshoes for your car,’ everyone will get it instantly.
Consider these news-making tactics when it comes to creating the kind of awareness that establishes your company as an influential leader and building greater awareness and brand equity.
That’s Next Level PR!
Dick Pirozzolo is Managing Director of Pirozzolo Company Public Relations in Boston, founded in 1980, and a Media Bistro Teacher. His firm figured prominently in promoting startup companies that have become publicly held or been acquired by major public corporations. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts and Nantucket.
The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning PR and market development firm specializing in PR, marketing, content and thought leadership for clients in healthcare, science, biotech, technoilogy and energy. Located in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, we’re on the pulse of some of the most exciting ideas, products and technologies, anywhere.
|October 16, 2012||Posted by Anharris under Client Releases, Cool Companies, Energy, Technology|
Boston, October 16—-Oil seed tree-based biofuel company EuphorbUS today announced that it is expanding its global operations to the United States. The company, which has operated for seven years in East Africa, completed a strategic alliance with the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center in Kauai, Hawaii to begin the transfer of agro forestry protocols to the Hawaiian Islands.
EuphorbUS, incorporated in the US in 2008, completed research and development and has been producing price competitive Pure Plant Oil Biofuel for the residential markets in three East African countries. The company manufactures a renewable, low cost, plant-based fuel oil in Kenya for the East African market. The fuel, which is used to replace petroleum diesel for trucks, farm equipment and industrial and small residential gen sets is produced from oil extracted from widely available nuts of the Croton tree. The tree and others of its species are indigenous to 5 regions of the world—including Africa, Australasia, Indonesia, South America, and Hawaii.
The fuel is cost competitive with petroleum diesel, burns cleaner than petroleum based fuel, can be used with little to no modification for most engines, has been used for centuries in rural regions of the world, and is derived from trees which are not cut to harvest the oil seeds according to Christine Adamow, the EuphorbUS founder and CEO. The extraction and production technology is exceptional in that no chemical inputs are required and the processing facility is self-powered with biomass and fuel produced by the company, making the factory fully rationalized for cost and carbon savings.
“The world is facing rapidly rising costs and depletion of standard fossil fuels, increasing pollution, and a growing need for affordable, clean, safe, and scalable energy to supply the world’s burgeoning economies,” Adamow said. “We are excited to bring our experience in emerging markets and our technology back home, where we can leverage the past 6 year of boots on the ground in East Africa to the US.”
The company is positioning itself for a favorable off take by the US Navy which has a mandate to run the US Global fleet on Biofuel by 2020. Short term, EuphorbUS will prepare the tree protocols for the US market while seeking contractor/parners to produce biofuel for the Global Green Fleet. “From our years of experience we know that the local market is our sweet spot and Hawaii is ready for us. We expect to create a new market for over 120, 000 barrels of Biofuel annually, with employment for over 1000 farmers and up to 75 professional jobs on the Islands,” Adamow said.
EuphorbUS made its announcement as part of an investor presentation at the Global Clean Tech Meet up in Boston, Massachusetts.
EuphorbUS is a Delaware company that grows oil seed trees and produces pure plant oil biofuel.
|April 18, 2012||Posted by Anharris under Communications, PR, Thought Leadership|
by Edna Kaplan, Guest Blogger
Clients often ask us how they can get the biggest bang for their PR dollars. While specific goals require specific strategies, many companies miss one of the best opportunities to optimize their communications ROI: PR representation at meetings. It’s one of the most cost-effective expenditures you can make–because an effective PR person can get so much done in a limited amount of time.
Here are five top reasons why PR representation at meetings makes sense:
1. Developing relationships with key reporters
The reporters who follow your area of specialization attend your meetings, providing you with the very best opportunity to get to know them. Reaching out, arranging to meet reporters face-to-face to provide them with industry knowledge builds coveted long-lasting relationships that can benefit you and your company in numerous ways.
2. Increasing the number of people you reach and influence
Having a PR professional in the press room – prepared with meeting-specific news and information about your company and trends in the industry – boosts the chances that your company will be included in meeting-news coverage as well as in articles in the coming year. News coverage reinforces your messaging and reaches potential customers or clients who did not visit your booth.
3. Encouraging booth visits
There is nothing more deflating than seeing the booth next door burst at the seams with visitors while everyone in your booth is wearing a company badge. Various PR techniques and on-site social media use can increase booth traffic – and leads.
4. Pointing reporters to specific presentations
Reporters and analysts covering trade shows are looking for the meeting’s biggest news stories, but they’re also seeking insights for future coverage. They cannot attend every session, so it’s make them aware of specific presentations or posters, and have them meet with participants who use your product. We called to remind a New York Times reporter about presentation we had suggested he attend. He asked for– and we quickly provided – a physician to discuss how doctors use our client’s technology in clinical practice.
5. Launching products
A meeting attended by opinion leaders and media is the very best place to launch a new product. We persuaded a skeptical startup in a crowded market to launch its medical device at a large medical meeting. Coverage from the meeting by a publication read by investors helped attract post-meeting site visits by three of the largest U.S. medical companies. A pipeline of articles arranged during the meeting by the PR representative ensured continued media coverage and differentiation throughout the year.
Trade shows provide myriad opportunities to deliver your key messages directly or through the media to critical opinion leaders, customers and prospects. With judicious use of PR, meetings present a golden opportunity to strengthen the company’s image, heighten awareness of products and services and build important industry-wide relationships.
Edna Kaplan, a HarrisCom collaborator, focuses on speeding the adoption of healthcare products and services.
|April 17, 2012||Posted by Anharris under Communications, Events-past, HarrisCom News, Journalism|
On April 5, I joined Stephen Smith of the Boston Globe and Lara Salahi of ABC News on an Emerson College panel discussion about careers in health communications. Here’s my report:
Smith, now the Globe’s city editor, traced his career as a health reporter from his early days at the Miami Herald through his many years at the Globe--describing a drive to tell the stories of individuals in order to bring their plight to public attention.
He pointed out that while in Massachusetts, most people have access to health care, in other parts of the US, this is not the case. He also described his coverage of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, focusing on the story of Reginette Cineliene , a 14-year old girl who lost her father, a sister, her home and a leg, spent a year living in a tent encampment, was often hungry, yet still managed to study with the goal of one day becoming a doctor.
Smith said he found Reginette inspirational–and that he was pleased that his reporting had led readers to provide Reginette’s remaining family with money to rent a home and pay for an artificial limb.
Salahi, an ABC News health producer, emphasized the importance of telling the stories of “real” people-as opposed to focusing on reports by experts. She used three brief slide/video shows to illustrate the hope and difficulties autism brings to families. One featured a young man who had wanted to be a doctor but, instead, went into radiation diagnostics; a second a husband and wife who are raising three autistic daughters; and the third parents of an autistic son who died young of a seizure disorder.
I described my career as somewhat unusual–in large part due to the ups and downs of the overall economy. I became a journalist by starting a newspaper with college friends; worked in print, radio and television in New York City, taught college, and went into public affairs when my college downsized. I emphasized that with economic and technologic changes, versatility is key; it’s important to have skills in all media, enjoy change, and if you’re going to do work independently you’d better like to market yourself!
I also pointed out that when I started out, print and broadcast journalism operated in separate silos and major news organizations had tremendous power to control and shape information reaching the public. Today, increasingly, we are experiencing a convergence of media, in which news organizations are employing multiple media to reach their readers–and no longer monopolize the flow of information. The results are both positive and negative.
Convergence of media
For example, the Globe, previously print only, now has online version that includes video reports. Reporters for public radio are asked to blog and carry cameras; many reporters and editors are using social media–all of which have the potential to inform the public in a variety of ways. However, with staff cutbacks, many journalists are working harder now than in the past; I’m concerned that covering stories in multiple media could diminish the number and depth of stories on which they report.
Dissipation of control
I think it’s great that anyone with access to a computer can provide information to the world. But without vetting by bona fide, trained journalists, this democratization makes it difficult to know where information is coming from, how good it is, and, to play on words, where the truth lies– presenting special difficulties for health communicators.
—-Anita M. Harris
Anita Harris, a former journalist and journalism professor, is president of the Harris Communications Group, a PR and content strategy firm in Cambridge, MA.
|December 15, 2011||Posted by Anharris under Film, Journalism, New Media|
With just four days to go, Boston independent filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein needs to raise another $34,000 in order to receive any of the $70,000 he’s raised so far for his newest film project. He’s using a Web portal called Kickstarter to encourage individual donors to hep fund a nonprofit documentary about the innovative Boston radio station where, in the 1960s, at age 14, Lichetenstein was the nation’s youngest DJ.
And he’s sweating.
“Tell people that if we don’t get the entire $104K, we don’t get anything,” he says.
Lichtenstein chose $104K as the goal because (a) he needs the money and (b) the station was at 104. 1 on the Boston FM radio dial.
The film, entitled ” “The American Revolution: How a Radio Station, Politics and Rock and Roll Changed Everything” documents Boston radio station WBCN from 1968 through 1974.
As reported in the Boston Herald (Dec. 5, 2011), during those years, Bruce Springsteen did his first radio interview ever on WBCN; Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, of the Grateful Dead, and the Allman Brothers’ Duane Allman stopped into the studio at 2 AM and jammed for an area. When Nixon invaded Cambodia, “BCN got local college kids to strike.
WBCN “had tremendous national impact both musically and politically,” Lichtenstein told the Herald.
Lichenstein, who has produced TV and documentaries for ABC News and PBS, has gathered more than 50,000 photos, documents and tapes, including early performances by Led Zeppelin a, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground.
“We changed the world one time,” Lichtenstein says. ” And we can do it again.”
But not if he doesn’t reach his goal on Kickstarter–a nonprofit that allows contributors to get tax deductions–but gives fundraisers just a month to get the entire bundle.
Lichtenstein and Kickstarter were featured on Boston’s WCVB-TV “Chronicle” on Dec. 13, 2011.
More info, the WCVB piece and the film trailer are available at www.KickstartWBCN.com
Anita M. Harris is president of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning public relations firm located in tyhe Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. Anita is a former national journalist who got HER start in the alternative press–as a founder of the Harrisburg Independent Press and writer for the The Real Paper and Phoenix in Boston, MA.