Making the Case for “People” Storytelling

To this day, one of my favorite things about PR is storytelling. Broadly-speaking, most clients I’ve worked with in the B2B space have wanted to focus on the “core” storylines for PR—the technology or services they offer, challenges/opportunities for their customers, competitive differentiators and more. And why wouldn’t they? The reasons are obvious. But lately,… Continue reading

5 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Media Relations Program

If your media relations program is going well and you’re getting a consistent level of coverage, it can be easy to fall into a rhythm that stays within the company’s comfort zone – following a standard flight plan and putting out the same kinds of announcements and content month after month. Doing so for too… Continue reading

Breaking Through the Noise: Using Event Insights to Generate Coverage

One of the questions we frequently get from clients is: How can we get press around industry events? The answer often depends on a variety of factors, including: The event type – Is this a major conference, or a smaller, more intimate event? The people – Will the Apples and Googles of the world be… Continue reading

Media Relations: Four Steps to Turn a Reporter’s ‘No’ into a ‘Yes’

Rejection is par for the course in public relations, especially if media relations is one of your duties. Editors, reporters, producers: there will be a time when you hear a “no” from each one of them (That is, if you hear back at all—but that’s another post) during some time in your career. Don’t take… Continue reading

Using Data to Drive Media Relations: 7 Tips for Success

In a culture where data is pervasive, numbers and statistics can be an especially compelling way to tell a story. Though it should be no surprise that communications professionals are more at home working with language than deciphering algorithms, when it comes to using data to build a successful media relations campaign, you don’t need… Continue reading

The Great Eight: Inspirations for Your Next Pitch Angle

As PR pros, we’re constantly faced with the challenge of coming up with creative pitch angles that will catch the media’s attention. Sometimes the hook is obvious, but often, headline-grabbing pitches require much more careful consideration and research to truly stick. Here are eight places you can look to make your next pitch timely, newsworthy,… Continue reading

Five Essentials for Your Crisis Communications Toolkit

When a crisis breaks, things accelerate quickly. It takes only minutes for a scandalous tweet to end up as top news on Huffington Post, and only one reporter to post a story about something negative or controversial on your company for it to take off in the media like wildfire. In today’s 24/7 media cycle,… Continue reading

Digital Native News: Four Steps for PR Success

In part two of our series on Pew’s 2014 State of the Media Report, we explore the growth in digital native news and the steps PR pros can take to build successful relationships with these outlets. Pew Research Center’s recently released State of the Media report gave many in the news business a reason to… Continue reading

Breaking Down Pew’s State of the Media 2014 – Part 1

On Wednesday, the Pew Research Center released their much-anticipated annual state of the media report. While commentators have been quick to offer their analysis of what the report means for journalists and the news industry, here at Tech Affect, we’re breaking down what the report means for PR professionals. Keeping pace with changes in the… Continue reading

How I Got the Hit

Publication: U.S. News and World Report Article: Justin Bieber’s Arrest: Addicted to Wealth and Power? Client: Caron Treatment Centers Goal: The goal of the pitch was to dig deeper into Justin Bieber’s recent actions to offer commentary from our client Caron Treatment Centers, which is a nationally recognized nonprofit provider of drug and alcohol addiction… Continue reading