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JVPRimage: If you don’t vote, …

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

JVPRimage: If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain. www.rockthevote.com
PRimage supports this campaign to get young people motivated to vote

PRimage comment on the Power of PR

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Every business can benefit from public relations – it encourages people to talk and think about your brand in a positive way, building reputation, image and goodwill. PR should be a vital weapon in your business armoury, to enhance your commercial and professional image – and so help to increase sales. It’s also a cost-effective way to get good publicity without advertising. And if there’s a problem facing your business it helps you deal with it effectively. news

These standard PR tools will help you tell your story:

· Press release - a prepared statement of fact and comment – for example, a new product launch or service

· News feature - detailed information on a news-worthy topic relating to the area in which you operate

· Picture caption - brief descriptive caption alongside a photograph.

· Letters-to-editor - react to news or editorial features, or letters from other readers.

· Opinion articles and columns - By establishing yourself as an expert, you will quickly develop strong working relationships with your media.

Tips for writing effective press releases

Your press releases must be short and to the point to attract journalists’ attention. Make them pithy, lively, relevant and free of jargon or hyperbole. Tell the basic story in the first paragraph. Journalists call it the five W’s – Who, What, When, Where and Why.

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Keep a record of key media and contacts, plus their editorial deadlines. Call them and introduce yourself and get your name in their contacts book as a source of expert comment! Keep a guard book of your press cuttings coverage.

Send your press release by email, post or fax to the news desk. If journalists ask for more details cooperate – and work to their timescales.

Press release ideas

All releases need a strong ‘hook’ – an angle that will give your story reader appeal. Exploit your company’s natural PR opportunities – the opening of new premises, or a milestone event. Have you received an accolade or won an industry award? Don’t forget one of your best assets – your staff. Have any employees been recognised for outstanding achievements? Monitor industry and business news into which you can hook.

Publicity tips:

· develop a newsletter

· join an organisation – become a figurehead

· organise competitions in cooperation with a relevant magazine or local paper

· network: talk to national and local opinion-formers

Get a website

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The first thing journalists do when they receive a release is to look at your website.

Make sure it’s informative and impactful!

Look at your competition

What do they have that you haven’t? What are they doing that you are neglecting?

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Online networking, social media and digital PR messaging are powerful! Search engine optimisation targets those actively looking for your services, while social media takes your services to the people. Ensure a well-rounded internet PR strategy encompassing both sets of tools

Finally, the best PR is the recommendation of a satisfied customer, so encourage loyal customers to spread the word!

With minimal financial outlay and a little hard graft, you can achieve positive publicity for your business. So, develop media contacts, communicate PR messages succinctly, build on your successes, use social media and consider employing a PR agency, such as PRimage, for more ambitious projects. Email Judy Viitanen for more information: judy@primage.org

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JVPRimage: Bad news – MPs warn…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

JVPRimage: Bad news – MPs warn the London 2012 Olympics project is facing a “worryingly tight” financial position

JVPRimage: Appalled to read th…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

JVPRimage: Appalled to read that the total food waste in the supply chain amounts to 11.3 million tonnes!!

JVPRimage: I’m signing up for …

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

JVPRimage: I’m signing up for ‘Race For Life’ to help raise money for Cancer Research UK – Ladies, why don’t you do the same? Visit www.raceforlife.org

JVPRimage: Scared of the denti…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

JVPRimage: Scared of the dentist? I am! Read this: http://www.alternativetherapiesdirectory.com/news/item/87-acupuncture_helps_nervous_dental_patients

JVPRimage: Interesting Indepen…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

JVPRimage: Interesting Independent article, worth a read: ‘Bad chemistry: The poison in the plastic that surrounds us’ www.independent.co.uk

JVPRimage: David Cameron: Does…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

JVPRimage: David Cameron: Does he have what it takes? The Economist
www.economist.com Great article … I look forward to seeing Cameron in No 10!

JVPRimage: I’m delighted with …

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

JVPRimage: I’m delighted with the news that the Tories have announced a full and fundamental review of small business taxation.

JVPRimage: Loving the new Tory…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

JVPRimage: Loving the new Tory campaign posters – keep up the good work!