7 Ways to Develop Media Relationships #readysetgospeak

Mastering Media Relations: A Strategic Guide for Entrepreneurs – key to getting media coverage. 

In today’s fast-paced media landscape, it’s crucial for entrepreneurs and business professionals to build strong relationships with the media.

Here’s a strategic guide to mastering media relations and becoming a preferred source for journalists:

  1. Go Where They Are
    Attend conferences frequented by media professionals. For Christian and African American media circles, consider events like the Gospel Heritage Conference, The Power Networking Conference, The Stellar Awards, ICRS (formerly CBA), and regional/local meetings of the National Association of Black Journalists.
  2. Engage on Social Media
    • Befriend them on platforms like Facebook
    • Send Christmas cards and birthday wishes
    • Retweet, like, and comment on their content
  3. Cultivate the Connection
    Find common ground such as shared alma maters, mutual acquaintances, or hometowns. This makes your interactions more personal and less transactional, ensuring they remember you for the right reasons.
  4. Deliver the Goods
    Establish yourself as a reliable source by consistently providing valuable insights and information. Once you’re seen as an expert, media professionals will not only seek you out repeatedly but will likely refer you to their colleagues.
  5. Be Persistent but Never Pester
    Maintain professionalism and persistence without being overbearing. If you don’t get a response, politely ask for feedback and then move on. Remember, there are many media outlets that can reach your target audience.
  6. Start Locally
    Begin by gaining exposure in local media before aiming for national spotlight. This approach helps build your media presence gradually and effectively.
  7. Invite the Media to Your Events
    Instead of asking journalists to write about you, invite them to experience your work firsthand by attending your presentations or joining you for lunch.

By focusing on these strategies, entrepreneurs can effectively build lasting relationships with the media, ensuring their stories are heard and shared widely. Always remember, successful media relations are rooted in genuine interactions and mutual respect.