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Including links to other journalists' coverage in your PR pitch is like talking about your old lovers on a first date.
— Gary Gastelu (@garygastelu) July 16, 2021
For Gary’s work in the auto space, he doesn’t want to see your placements with other auto writers. This analogy holds up in any sphere of direct competition. Certainly with tech bloggers vs. tech bloggers, morning show vs. morning show, or local St. Louis outlet vs. local St. Louis outlet. But you can totally link to a NYT article when you pitch Today. Gives your pitch credibility. Same goes for linking to a lesser pub when pitching a larger outlet. It’s about perception – if your links could come off as implying, “Look, these other journalists covered this so you are missing out if you don’t,” then don’t do it. But instead, if you position the links like, “Here’s some additional info and perspective of how people are talking about this,” then go for it.
The PR pitches are starting earlier and earlier – the first one arrived at 1 a.m. and kept coming. They were not all from Europe either.
I also get pitches on Sunday now.
— Ellen Chang 張 心 瑩 (@EllenYChang) July 21, 2021
It’s interesting to take a step back and realize that Ellen is stating facts here and not giving any opinion. Thanks to a tactful PR pro – Heather Garrett, well known on Twitter – who asked her opinion, Ellen offers later in the thread that she doesn’t usually read the overnight pitches, but the Sunday one is actually useful. My strong POV on this is that there is no longer any right or wrong time to send your email pitch – it totally depends on the recipient, and you usually can’t predict. Many journalists are like Ellen – they engage only with the emails they get during their workday. But many others get swamped during the day, and being at the top of the pile when they first check email in the morning is a good way to stand out. Try both approaches until you figure out the rhythm of each of your most impactful journalists. For the rest of your list, play it safe with the daytime release.
sending your PR pitch to my personal email instead of my easily searchable work email is a surefire way to make sure I never read it
— Lisa Kashinsky (@lisakashinsky) July 28, 2021
My rule of thumb for using a personal email address is the same as friending a reporter on Facebook – if you’ve had coffee together, or talked meaningfully about something other than work, or another indicator that you have some semblance of a relationship, then you can try it out. But acknowledge it’s the personal account to make it safe for them to say “it’s actually better to contact me at my work address” or “glad you sent this here – my work inbox is overwhelming!” Both responses are common. In the absence of a relationship, then you use the personal inbox as a last resort – when you have big news that they’ll be bummed to miss and when you haven’t gotten responses from emailing their work inbox. I know one PR pro who saved a launch with a last-ditch effort to a TechCrunch writer’s personal gmail – that TC piece then spawned a CNBC spot, and then it snowballed from there.
Just got a Christmas-related PR pitch 💀
— Marina Fang (@marinafang) July 22, 2021
I've never deleted an email as lightning-fast as the Black Friday pr pitch that just showed up…in July
— Kara Newman (@karanewman) July 16, 2021
I just got a PR pitch about scrumptious baked goods for the holiday season.
THE HOLIDAY SEASON?
— Abby Johnston (@ajohnston12) July 16, 2021
It is not these journalists’ jobs to stop and think about the fact that their counterparts at long-lead magazines are in fact working on their holiday issues right now. No, these journalists’ jobs are to work at Huffington Post, Wine Enthusiast, and The 19th, and it is OUR job to know the difference between these online writers and those long-lead journos who actually do want to be “thinking ahead” to the end of the year.
I went deeper on this in August of last year. This is not a timing problem, it’s a TARGETING problem.
Am I the only one who has "Hot [insert word] Summer" usage fatigue? PR pitches, headlines, hashtags. It's kinda a lot, y'all.
— Lauren Dragan (@LaurenDragan) July 20, 2021
Haven’t seen any others complaining about this phrase being over. But it’s a good one to keep an eye on if you’re doing lifestyle. (And I cannot stop myself from sharing that when I read this tweet I kept seeing “Hot CRUEL Summer” and hearing the “Cruel Summer” cover from the season 2 finale of Cobra Kai.)
no better way to get me to delete a PR pitch than to use “PLEASE READ!!!”
— Jonathan Borge (@senorborge) August 10, 2021
See also my take from March about subject lines that get you blocked.
there's a 0% open rate for pr pitches with the subject line "Interview?"
— Scott Nover (@ScottNover) August 9, 2021
PR pitch: "Company X just did this. Can I connect you with Completely Unrelated Company Y to discuss?"
— Scott Nover (@ScottNover) August 10, 2021
A PR person asked me to sign an NDA this morning in order to receive embargoed news. This is a new low.
— Scott Nover (@ScottNover) August 13, 2021
Some personal news 💍 pic.twitter.com/vUXBSdgTnG
— Scott Nover (@ScottNover) August 17, 2021
This article was originally published on August 19, 2021
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