Newsletter - Nancy S. Juetten Marketing, Inc.
"Helping winning companies tell their stories and build their brands."

Quote to Inspire Your Winning Ways:

"What are you going to do in 2007 to catapult your life and your success to a higher level of fabulous?"

-- Nancy Juetten

Clients in the News

OfficeLease - Paul Suzman shares tips with Puget Sound Business Journal readers in the December 8 edition to help them make the most of commercial real estate transactions for the New Year. Here is the link:

http://www.tinyurl.com/ygm2wf 

Affirmagy: The Seattle Post Intelligencer ran a front page business story under the "Positive messages blanket the nation" headline on December 9.  Click here to read all about it:

http://www.tinyurl.com/ydnhbn

Zita Gustin, eWomenNetwork:  The Seattle Business Monthly highlights the best ways to connect in the December issue, and Zita takes center stage for her networking expertise.  The magazine should post to www.seattlebusinessmonthly.com  day now. Check out the story!

Exciting Programs are Launching Here in 2007 - Stay Tuned!

Stay tuned to learn all about the new "Rent Nancy's PR Brain" program and another very exciting offer that will be coming to you with the next ezine on January 8, 2007!

Looking for a Speaker for 2007?

I love speaking to professional groups about how to make the most of media relations without spending a fortune.  If this topic would serve YOUR group, let's get a date on the calendar.  Visit the "Speaking" section of the Website to learn more and read what audience members say. 

Need Media-Savvy-to-Go Publicity Tools?

Visit the online store to see what's new and choose what YOU want most to jump-start your PR know-how in short order.

Happy Holidays, and a

Prosperous, Happy Healthy

New Year to All!

Volume Number 22 - Dec. 13, 2006

Jump-Start Your PR Know-How and Results in Short Order, Plus Tips on Blogging and Getting Oprah’s Attention From Experts Who Know the Score



Dear Nancy,
We hope you enjoy our newsletter.

The New Year is just around the corner.  What a wonderful opportunity to turn your business into a publicity machine that generates favorable headlines that shine a light on your winning ways.  In doing so, you can get known, build buzz, earn credibility, and generate a path of qualified leads to your door.  What growing business doesn’t want more of all of that?

 

If you are a newbie to public relations and need to jump-start your PR know-how, I invite you to subscribe to some excellent and FREE ezines that will deliver useful, powerful, and proven ideas to your email box on a regular basis.

 

Ezine is short for “electronic magazine.”  It offers news your readers (clients, prospects and referral sources) can use to run better businesses or live better lives as a result of your expertise.  It can be as simple as a free email tip sent to a list of people who have given you permission to market to them online (absolutely no spamming!) or as elaborate as a longer electronic newsletter. Ezines are powerful because they keep you in front of your audience 26 times a year if you send them biweekly, and 52 times a year if you send them weekly. That means you have 52 chances to connect with your readers with quality tips, information, and resources, while using 20% of the content to sell your products and services.

 

Here are a few of my favorite ezines.  Make a habit of reading them regularly.  You’ll learn a lot and be inspired and equipped to get into action with new ideas and resources to catapult your growing business to a higher level of awareness and success.

 

The Publicity Hound - Joan Stewart:

 

http://www.tinyurl.com/psf3c

 

PR Secrets - Media Coach and Marketing Strategist Susan Harrow:

 

http://www.tinyurl.com/y6sjyy

 

Suzanne Falter-Barns - Get Known Now:

 

http://www.tinyurl.com/y74fdg

 

Paulette Ensign - Tips Products International:

 

http://www.tinyurl.com/utubk

 

The beauty of ezines is that you get to learn from the masters of their craft, and you get to know the authors and their unique perspectives over time.  When you need to turn to an expert to solve a problem or pain you are experiencing with your own business, these are the experts who you will call first.  It will be as though you’ve been working with them and getting to know them for months just because you have invited their ezines into your own inbox.

 

Speaking of which, do you write an ezine of your own?  If not, give that consideration.  Mine is among the most powerful tools in my lead generation toolbox.  If you need help identifying a supplier, consider www.constantcontact.com and www.aweber.com.   Both come highly recommended by ezine publishers from coast to coast and around the world who reach audiences large and small.

 

These ezine authors have become my colleagues and co-collaborators.  In preparing this column, I asked The Publicity Hound Joan Stewart and Media Coach and Strategist Susan Harrow of PR Secrets to share their best tips to help business owners jump-start their 2007 publicity results.  Here is what they had to say:

 

Joan Stewart:

 

Many businesses, from one-person shops to big corporations, should start blogging. The search engines love blogs, and blogs pull in traffic like a magnet and draw visitors to your Website. If you don’t know what blogs are or how to start one, do a search on Google and get as smart as you can as fast as you can, or your competitors will leave you in the dust.

 

Start building valuable relationships with media people, and identify at least one media contact at each media out where you want coverage. Ask “How can I help you?” Listen. Then do what they say.

 

Don’t limit your publicity activities only to traditional media. Bloggers, podcasters and other “new media” are in a position to spread the word about you much quicker than traditional media can, and to a wider audience.

 

Susan Harrow:

 

Your headline dictates whether a reporter will read your release.  The press releases that make the media call are those that incorporate a strong story idea about a topic that includes, but is not directly about them. One of my copywriters came up with this headline: While most kindergarteners are picking their noses and feeding their broccoli to the dog, six-year-old Jace Richards was publishing his first book.

 

Do you notice how specific that is? Most publicists and people doing their own PR make the mistake of creating a headline that's big and broad. Wrong. Make it small and specific. The narrower your topic, the more arresting it will be.

 

If you are among the many who want to get on Oprah, visit her Website at this link: http://www.tinyurl.com/vp64m get a sneak peek at what Oprah producers are looking for. Tie your story, service, product or cause directly into what they need and you've got a chance of getting on the show. Submit your 2000 character (about 350 words) idea through her Website. Producers are standing by. One client of mine got called back within an hour.

 

When you submit an idea to Oprah, never pitch yourself, your product, service or cause. Pitch a topic that will resonate with her audience. Map out who the guests will be, how you imagine the segment to unfold and what visuals you plan to use. The producers need to SEE your idea in order to understand if it's right for them or not. Make sure to include your credentials--why you and only you would be the best guest for the topic you're pitching.

 

As for my own best advice to you, here it is.  Brainstorm your own top ten list of media outlets that would offer the most credible and far-reaching platform from which to highlight what is special about your expertise and your growing business.  Pay attention to these media outlets throughout the year.  Ask each for their editorial calendar, and identify how your own story fits into their editorial plans.  Then, get into action to suggest winning story ideas that will serve their audiences and bring attention to your own company’s winning ways.

 

One year from now, with your diligence and follow-up, you might find that you’ve earned quality media placements in many of your top ten media outlets.  Then, you’ll be convinced beyond measure that public relations really does pack a powerful punch to help you get known, build media buzz, earn credibility, and generate a path of quality leads to your door. With these benefits well within reach, you’ll wonder why you didn’t begin your public relations effort sooner.

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Nancy S. Juetten Marketing Inc. helps winning companies get known, build media buzz, enhance credibility, and attract quality leads through public relations consulting and Media-Savvy-to-Go do-it-yourself publicity tools.  Visit http://www.tinyurl.com/y2hdtq  to read the latest Media-Savvy-to-Go column online.



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