PR do's and dont's for startups


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PR do's and dont's for startups

  1. 1. PR do’s and dont’s for Startups
  2. 2. •Founded in 2009 •Since August 2012 back at The Next Web •Started as an “Online Press release service” •Now becoming a full-featured PR toolkit PressDoc
  3. 3. •Your online newsroom, fully customizable •Press releases, optimized for SEO and Social Media •Pressmarks, bookmark third-party articles •Distribute to journalists with the Presslists feature •Manage your Presskit with the Media library •Real-time statistics on your campaigns PressDoc
  4. 4. 5 PR dont’s for startups
  5. 5. •Getting coverage for a product that is not yet ready •“We are in pre-alpha, but we want everybody to sign up!” •Journalists and potential users will want to try your product Don’t get coverage too early
  6. 6. •Quality > quantity •Journalists receive spam all day long •You’ll get a bad reputation with journalists •Avoid distribution networks, it doesn’t work that way •“I’ve sent my press release to 5000 media contacts in BCC” Don’t spam journalists
  7. 7. • “I blogged about it, now they will write.” •Word-of-mouth is hard to measure •Take initiative to get coverage on your news Don’t rely on word-of-mouth
  8. 8. •Most stories journalists receive isn’t really news •“We 'exist', hurray! Can you write a post?” •Be sure what you wish to announce is news (ask yourself what you would want to read about other startups). Don’t push a story that is not news
  9. 9. •Journalist want an interesting story for their audience, not an ever-long pitch on how awesome your product is. •Always point out why the news is interesting for the readers/journalists. •Avoid exclamation marks behind each sentence!!! Don’t make it a commercial story
  10. 10. 5 PR do’s for Startups
  11. 11. •PR = Personal Relations •Give heads up about news •Get to know them before you need them •Do your homework •Be a source Do form relationships with journalists
  12. 12. •Don’t rule out the lazy journalists, if it’s written properly they’ll copy your paragraphs. •It forces you to think about what is important for your and the journalists’ audience. Do write as if it where actual an article
  13. 13. •Give favorite journalists early-access under Embargo •Save your embargoes for journalists with a high chance to write about you. •Be honest about it (who else got the embargo) Do make journalists feel special
  14. 14. •There are more newsworthy stories to tell besides your launch, and acquisitions. •You might’ve broken a cool record in sign ups, social shares, revenue or a new feature. •Keep the buzz going, don’t fade to the background. •Keep presskits, images, FAQs and other press related materials up-to-date! Do invest time in PR constantly
  15. 15. •Build a great product that people love and care about! •Journalists love to write about companies people like Do show it when people love your service
  16. 16. Any questions?