Movie Moxie

March 13, 2012

Are you tying your news releases into popular movies? Recently, we tied PR outreach to the very popular environmental movie, The Lorax (one of my personal favorites from Dr. Seuss; second fav is “Oh The Places You’ll Go”). Our client, Landmark Education, inspired one if its graduates to plant 1 million trees in Ethopia with their course, Self Expression and Leadership. It’s also the course where my business partner Drew Gerber and I met. (Did you know that about Drew? He taught my course. Well, he is quite self-expressed. He’s also quite a leader. We teach each other a lot — even to this day almost two decades later.)  PR coverage is already rolling in. A TV show is looking at doing something next week on this “real life Lorax” we know impacting a whole country with his enviromental leadership. So when the Hollywood reels apply to real life, tie it in. Media venues love it.

Break Breaking News

March 2, 2012

Want media coverage? The best way to get media coverage is to be of service to the media. In fact, here’s a secret tip I’ve been using lately … Skype. You say what’s so special about that tip? You say you’ve been using Skype for years? Well, are you taping yourself using sound-bites related to breaking news, though? It’s the quickest way for the major media to get an understanding of what you’ll say on what’s breaking today in the news and it gives them a sense of what you look like. Consider, our Wasabi Publicity client, Dr. Raymond Hamden who specializes in forensic psychology. When he came on board, I shot a quick Skype video demonstrating how he’d classify the four types of terrorists. Watch the video of Dr. Hamden and ask yourself, how can you break into breaking news today with your own sound-bites and your own analysis of how to make sense of a tragedy being reported in the news. And maybe your topic is lighter. That’s okay. Then talk about how to have fun. The media covers St. Patrick’s Day just as much as they cover war. After you shoot the video, add the clip to your online press kit or send it to your media contacts via email. The bottom line is, just break out your voice. Skype’s a great media megaphone for the job.