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Media Strategy

Media Relations, Media Strategy

Target media outlets that target your clients

Big does not always mean best in many industries. That includes the media. While not all outlets are equal, don’t ignore ones just because their circulations are small. Public relations professionals often talk about landing that major interview in USA Today or getting a client quoted in the Wall Street Journal. And there’s no question that for some clients, this kind of publicity in a major outlet can be incredibly useful and can raise visibility and potentially lead to new business. It may even be the ideal situation for that client with their media strategy. But PR professionals and the lawyers who hire them must recognize the media sector is broad and diverse. Most lawyers work in a specialty area like insurance, energy or intellectual property. Each of these areas has its own niche specialty publications that are very closely read by industry members who are current and potential clients….

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When to Politely Decline a Media Request

The old cliché about publicity is that any kind, even bad publicity, is a good thing. Like many old clichés, this one deserves to be relegated to that place where old clichés go when they are tired and worn out. Not all publicity is good, especially in the legal industry. But it is often difficult to determine whether an opportunity is good or bad, and that’s when the wisdom of PR professionals can offer tremendous value. This is one of the little-noticed, but most important jobs of a law firm PR person. Just as lawyers are called on by clients to share their perspective, point of view and help weigh relative merits, we help our clients determine which opportunities are worth exploring and which deserve a polite “no thank you.” To illustrate this point, here are some real-world examples of when it is best to pass on an “opportunity”: When…

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Media Relations is Always in Style

Trends come and go, but strong media relations and a smart strategy is always in style. We are often asked to talk about the ROI of media relations, and here is a quick story of how working with the media can result in new business opportunities in unexpected ways. A leading fashion industry publication reporter was on a short deadline and needed a comment from a lawyer on brand licensing. The lawyers I work with love the opportunity to talk to the media, but in this instance, the reporter asked for comments via email rather than a phone interview. While our clients prefer the phone, the upside is it can be much easier to write comments, and there a nearly 100% guarantee the lawyer quote will be accurate. Knowing one of our clients represents celebrities, athletes and other high profile individuals who seek to license their names and products to…

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Expect Your Internal Memo to Get Leaked

When you write a memo for an internal audience you have to assume that it will be leaked. Above the Law has proven this over and over again. The website is known for easily acquiring internal memos which often become the source of its stories, especially the juicy ones. It is naïve, but I assume firms did not expect anyone outside their offices to read. Big mistake. Reporters cite ‘an internal memo’ as the source of their information and quote directly from them. It happened again yesterday on Above the Law and rebroadcasted again by Law360. Sheppard Mullin’s announced that it offered voluntary buyouts to its California-based secretaries over the age of 65. Law360’s Kurt Orzeck wrote that the memo was sent to all employees via email. In fact, the story never quoted anyone from the firm based on an email or phone interview; the reporter had all of he…

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