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Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month


September is “Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month,” and the Dynamos at Fort Lauderdale PR firm Durée & Company have always noted the importance of creating and fostering good relationships with journalists. Establishing these relationships isn’t always easy, but when nurtured with care, they can not only bring positive media coverage for your clients, but also life-long friendships.  Here is how we create and maintain relationships with the media:

  • Be Yourself: Editors and journalists like to talk to real people. They are people too, so don’t be robotic in your correspondence with them. Check them out on social media, compliment their work, and show some of your personality when communicating, whether it be through email or phone. The best way to build a genuine and long-lasting relationship with editors and writers is by being your true self.
  • Be Patient: Relationships aren’t built overnight, so don’t expect media-PR relationships to develop the first time you reach out. Media relationships are like dating, they take time to nurture and develop.
  • Relevancy: With your relationship in place, it may seem like you can send pitches or tips about anything your clients are doing, but that’s not necessarily the case. It is important to reach out to the media when you have relevant, newsworthy material that they can use for their publications. By doing this, the media will appreciate your respect for their time.
  • Be Resourceful: Many times, journalists will reach out to their most respected and trusted PR contacts asking for sources for an upcoming story they are working on. If you don’t have a client or angle that’ll fit the bill, refer them to a colleague or former client that will.
  • Be Respectful: Maybe you send them a tip or an idea for coverage and don’t see it posted right away, don’t clog up the journalists email or phone asking where your coverage is. Respect the journalist’s ultimate decision to not use your information and thank them for the consideration.

Creating meaningful and lasting relationships with anyone takes time and effort, and media relationships are no different. We are so thankful to the journalists we’ve had the pleasure of working with and hope to continue the great relationships we’ve made with them all.

About Durée & Company

Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estate, public relations for restaurantspublic relations for law firmspublic relations for charitiespublic relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public Relations, Social Media, Marketing, Advertising, Special Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.

 

Making the Most of Your Social Media


In today’s world, social media continues to play a larger role each year, each month – each day, it seems. To keep up with the times, the D&Co dynamos at Fort Lauderdale public relations firm Durée & Company make sure to take advantage of all the newest social media features – from Facebook live to Instagram stories.

  • Facebook Live and Instagram Live Video – Live video content is an excellent way to showcase clients, whether it be event coverage or a live cooking demo. Hosting a live segment will engage viewers with companies and products, and PR specialists are essential for executing these videos smoothly and effectively.
  • Google+ Events – The platform has brought back its event section to promote user involvement and engagement. This is the perfect avenue to highlight and promote a client’s upcoming event, whether it’s a highly anticipated launch party at the hottest spot in town or a fun happy hour special at a local restaurant.
  • Snapchat – As new snapchat filters are created, we are experimenting with some our favorites. Almost every day there is as new snapchat filter added or an old one returns. Technology also allows users to create their own snapchat geofilter. Customized geofilters designed to incorporate company logos and mascots for a special event are an excellent way to leverage brand recognition.
  • Snap Map – This new Snapchat feature was created to get snapchat users to meet up with friends in real life rather than just watching each other’s daily routine through the app. Do you ever wonder where your friends are snapping from during their summer travels? Well, Snap Map now shares your current location, which appears to all contacts and friends on a map and continuously updates as you travel.
  • Instagram Stories – This feature is a hybrid that combines the fun and spontaneity of Snapchat stories with the execution and visual emphasis of Instagram photos. Instagram stories provide the perfect platform to showcase behind-the-scenes, exclusive content to promote a client’s event, new product, special deal – the list is endless.
  • Instagram and Facebook filters – The world of filters evolves every day. Facebook has recently introduced a ton of new filters and augmented reality masks, in addition to many stylistic filters that can cast unique lighting or hues in videos. Instagram too has launched new selfie filters that may remind many users of those pioneered by Snapchat.

About Durée & Company

Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estatepublic relations for restaurantspublic relations for law firmspublic relations for charitiespublic relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public RelationsSocial MediaMarketingAdvertisingSpecial Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.

Ready, Set, Pitch! How to Make Your Pitches Stand Out


Journalists receive hundreds of pitches in any given week, so what should you say to make sure you get noticed instead of ignored? That’s why we are here!

  • Personalize – Take the time to research who you are pitching. Know their beats, how to spell their name correctly – you’d be surprised how important this is to some journalists – and for which outlets they write. It always helps to read previously written articles to get an idea of their writing style and topics they cover.
  • Short and Sweet – Keep your “love note” about what you’re pitching concise. As we previously mentioned, some journalists receive hundreds of pitches each week and will be turned off if they open a pitch that’s too long.
  • Catchy Subject Line – This is key to making your pitch stand out. You need to catch the journalist’s attention right off the bat to ensure they don’t pass by your pitch without even reading it.
  • Be Excited – Get excited about what you’re pitching! Let the person you’re emailing feel the passion behind your pitch – sell it to them.

Even with these tips, don’t forget to always follow up. Many journalists will thank you for following up because your pitch fell off their radar or they were preoccupied writing another piece. With this advice, you’re ready to go. Happy pitching!

About Durée & Company

Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estate, public relations for restaurantspublic relations for law firmspublic relations for charitiespublic relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public Relations, Social Media, Marketing, Advertising, Special Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.