Clearly, relationships are critical to PR. The better we know our connectors and the better they know us, the more likely our chances of getting media mentions from connectors picking up our stories, or by their coming to us for assistance on something they are already working on.
Credibility is obvious, but the key to being a trusted source and strengthening the newsworthiness of a pitch.
Communications mismatches manifest themselves in the mundane and operational side of PR when marketers forget to pitch connectors in the format and in the timeframe that suits the connector best. Is a journalist more receptive to a phone call, email, or a letter in the mail? Is there a certain time of day week, or month that is typically best? Communications mismatches also occur when styles clash. For some editors and journalists bold, over-the-top pitches work really well, for others, they do not.
A match also needs to exist between the story you are pitching and the belief system of the connector. In the case of pitching in PR it is more about knowing the mission and audience of the connector’s medium than understanding the socio-cultural profile of the connector himself, although both are important.
The last barrier is one that MPR pros are keenly aware of-interests and needs. Connector are charged with producing content that is interesting to their audience, is in line with the mission of their medium, and supports their editorial calendar. If you can show how it will also please their advertisers or help their medium’s sales people sell into a specific issue or episode, you’ve struck gold.
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