Media Relations is Dead (sort of): The Power Of The Story Isn’t, Peter Himler, TBJApodcast 279
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Why your approach to media relations must change and how the power of the story can grow your business. Peter Himler founded a NYC PR/digital media consultancy. He shares his top tips to getting media exposure.

Peter Himler founded New York City-based PR/digital media consultancy Flatiron Communications in 2005 after leading the media relations teams at several esteemed global PR firms including Edelman, Burson-Marsteller, Cohn & Wolfe and Hill and Knowlton. Flatiron helps emerging and established companies better capitalize on the latest communications technologies and digital, social and content marketing strategies.

In addition to running Flatiron, Peter has written since 2011 for Forbes.com on the intersection of media, technology and marketing. He also founded and edits the “Adventures in Consumer Technology” publication for Medium.com, which has 40,000 followers. He is solidly engaged in the social graph mostly with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, RebelMouse and LinkedIn as his favored channels.

Peter serves as president of the Publicity Club of New York, is active with the New York Tech Meetup, and sits on the executive board of the Communications and Media Studies Program at Tufts University from which he holds a B.A. in Political Science and French. He and his wife Barbara are proud parents to three exceptional sons.

Icebreaker

Peter is a Pinterest fanatic. Among his boards he feeds is one called “Fab Non-Touristy NYC Dining” (bit.ly/NYCEats)

Tweet

Make your headline literal and reflect what’s in the content.

Think Like A Journalist Quote

A great headline mixed with a lame opening is like inviting someone into your house, only to slam the door in their face as they approach. @BrianClark

Success Quote

A brand can have a bigger digital footprint than traditional media but remember they’re not held to the journalistic ethics that you would expect from traditional media. Substantiate your story.

Career Highlight

Peter brought the World War Memorial II to life in New York City. Hear what kind of team he had to pull together and how long he worked on it.

When It Didn’t Work!

Hear when it didn’t work for Peter and what he learned about ensuring that his clients are ready and willing to talk to the media when a journalist is ready to cover their story.

Media Relations Is Dead (sort of): The Power Of The Story Isn’t

PublicityClub.org of New York

  1. Don’t talk about what everyone is doing.
  2. Find out what’s newsworthy.
  3. Research and target.
  4. Create your own media list.
  5. Write pitch letter to offer what your client is interested in.

Multimedia Resource

Twitter 

Book

Television Is The New Television, Michael Wolff

Contact

FlatIron Communications

Twitter @PeterHimler

Mentioned In This Episode

Peter started a Pinterest board that is well-fed!  It’s called “Fab Non-Touristy NYC Dining” (NYC Dining)

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Phoebe Chongchua
Phoebe Chongchua

Phoebe Chongchua is a multimedia Brand Journalist, Brand Consultant & Marketing Strategist who is revolutionizing brand communication with consumers. She makes companies remarkable using brand journalism storytelling to grow their online presence, build a community, and gain greater market share. Phoebe is a former TV News journalist who helps brands gain a competitive advantage by learning to “Be the Media”. Phoebe is the host of “The Brand Journalism Advantage” podcast and a “Top 50 Podcaster To Follow”. Listen in iTunes or at ThinkLikeAJournalist.com

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