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Friday 7th July 2023 at 08:17
If you sell exceptional antiques, fine art, or militaria, you have potentially newsworthy stories. And with a story to tell, you have us on your side to help you tell it.
At the end of our last PR Blog, Are you, in fact, the best PR Manager for your antiques business?, we covered your options for using PR to grow your business.
And we promised we would show you how to create your own antiques Press Release.
And ph9 always deliver on our promises!
Hopefully, the last blog gave you food for thought, and you plan to use what you already have to reach your goals and a wider audience.
We all know that, while the antiques industry is a unique and lucrative market, it can be hard to stand out from your competition. Outbound marketing is an effective way for antiques dealers to increase their visibility and reach new customers (see our previous blog about the cost of action vs inaction.
So, how do you get started? Because it will take effort to get your stuff in the press!
Here are 4 steps for you to follow to get the right content into your target media.
As with any marketing, you need to start with your objective. What do you want to achieve?
Get really clear on your goal!
We have boiled it down again to 4 simple tasks:
1. Who do you want to learn about your business?
2. What do you want them to feel and do?
3. Where do you want them to read/ hear/ see you?
4. When do you want them to do this?
You should only create a release when you have this clear plan.
Once you have defined your target audience and why you are talking to them, you can create a media and contact list.
You need to choose the media to target and write for its audience. Think carefully about how each media could help you to achieve your objective.
Writing for a particular slot, column, or section is often a good way of hitting the target.
Your new and unique content has to be relevant. If you write a release for the wrong publication or send a generic press release, it will probably go straight into the bin. Don’t waste the editor's time - or yours!
Pick the most relevant and valuable publications and get to know them:
If you give each publication what it wants, how it wants it, you will make their job easier and give yourself the best chance of success.
It is usually easy to find the department and contact you need online. After that, you can learn about their background and interests. Start with Google and remember to check social media. The more you know about your contact, the more relevant you can make your communications.
Here is an example of targeting:
Say you want to establish credibility and be known as the go-to dealer for British fine art. So, you could target the British Art Journal Magazine.
The website tells you that the magazine wants articles on painting and the graphic arts, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts, and the history of dress.
You learn that they focus on publishing outstanding original research on British art, with an interest in British art in an international context. They welcome suggestions for reviews of books and exhibitions.
The magazine is published three times each year. The style is very formal and detailed, there are many links to royalty and nobility, and articles are written by experts in their field.
A few clicks of the mouse yield the editor but no email address. You Google "Robin Simon British Art Journal email" and find several other papers he writes for.
You also find his email address, universities where he has lectured, personal opinions he tweets, and his specialist subjects (William Hogarth, British portraiture 1500-present, cricket art of the 18th and 19th centuries).
You know enough to decide if the magazine is right for you and if your content is relevant.
If it is, great! Make the most of every link. If not, move on to a different publication.
You are nearly ready to put pen to paper!
Remember the rule of TRUTH? (check our first article if you don't)
Your content must be Topical or Timely, Relevant, Unique, have Tension or Tragedy, and focus on Humans/Heroes.
You need an angle, and you need to try and make it unique and unusual. Think about less obvious subjects like:
Your main message should be introduced subtly along the way. Even if you want the release to be about you and your success, you will get a better result if you give news editors what they want. And no one wants a load of self-important puff.
It goes without saying that your release needs to be factually correct.
Each press release must also be factually complete. A news editor is unlikely to contact you if vital details are missing.
These editable templates pull it all together. Download by clicking on the links below:-
Typical ‘extras’ include:
Now you have your press release neatly typed up and ready to go!
You already know the right person to send it to and their contact details.
Best practise? Give them a call or send an email to tip them off that you are sending them an exclusive (and why their readers/ viewers will want to know about it).
Ask them what they need, when and how. Then send a tailored email with your release and other assets like your logo or pictures.
Don’t ring to see if they have got it. If you have sent it, they have received it. Don’t be a nuisance.
Don’t pressurise them into using it. Don’t be a nuisance.
Google or set up a Google alert on the main names or details in the release. They won’t always tell you if they have used your story.
If they use it, make sure you thank them! (But don’t ask them to send you a cutting! i.e., don’t be a nuisance).
The hard part of creating your story is done. Here are 3 bonus ways you could make more of it!
As discussed in a previous blog post, blogs are great for SEO. Obviously, we only do this to help our clients ;). So selfless.
Your blog can help you to stand out and establish authority. Building rapport creates trust, and trust creates business relationships, leading to sales. Win-win!
If you are on our medium or large plan, you can add a blog section to your website at no additional cost. It costs just £16 per month to upgrade from the small plan.
With a medium/ large plan, you can publish as many blogs or releases as you like in the News/ Blog and Press sections. And if you are often featured in the press, your website Press section is a great way to display your exposure.
If you are often featured in the press, your website Press section is a great way to display your exposure.
If the media have published it, re-share it and tag them. You can also share a snippet and link to the full release in the blog section of your website.
Just make sure you leave out anything you have offered as an exclusive.
If you have been working on your contact list, let them know where you have been featured. Include an extract or summary in your email and direct them to your website to read more.
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Friday 7th July 2023 at 08:17