In the first part of this series, we talked about why every travel startup needs a PR strategy and how you should start putting yours together. In this second part of this series, we’ll discuss in detail how to craft the most important parts of your public relations outreach:
- What to say
- When to say it
- How to say it right
WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR STARTUP?
Let’s start at the top. This is one of the most critical things that most startup founders falter. Sometimes, you are so caught up the whirlwind of your startup that you’re just not able to see what it is about your startup that would make for a compelling PR story.
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As a startup founder, you may have trouble seeing the big picture, due to the fact that you’re dealing with issues at a micro level. You may even feel that things may at your company are just aren’t exciting enough to be “newsworthy”.
This is where objective advice and guidance from an outside expert can really help. There almost always interesting and newsworthy occurrences happening in your startup that you are simply not seeing from an objective point of view.
Sit with individuals from various teams in your company (engineering, product, marketing) and have conversations about what they’re working on. Review what they’re working on and gauge if it would be interesting to a journalist or writer in the travel tech space. Like in all other aspects of your business, PR and content marketing strategies need to be made into a priority.
For example, your engineering team may be writing AI based code that could potentially revolutionize trip planning across the travel industry. Or your marketing team may have conducted research that journalist would find beneficial for their readers.
Not every story has to be groundbreaking, but you do need to have an exciting angle for a travel tech writer to take notice.
GETTING YOUR BIG STORY OUT THERE
Once you’ve come up with a big story that your startup needs to tell; focus on creating an email pitch that is crisp and clear. It should tell the story in a way that immediately attracts the reader’s attention. As a side note, it, it’s always a good idea to back up your content with as much data, statistics, and facts as possible.
Finally, like in every other step in this series, an organized approach will be key here too. Send out your email to all the writers you have been cultivating. Make sure you use MailChimp to good use here. Track who is opening your mail, preferably several times. Write them a direct, personalized email following up. Make sure you also follow up (even if through bulk mailing) to all the others as well. It’s okay to be persistent here and keep following up till you get a Go away aka unsubscribe, a will stay in touch or a positive response.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Finally remember, timing is key. Writers love to have exclusives and breaking news. So be smart about your timing. For example, if there are big writers who would be perfect for you, reach out to them a few days earlier than the others, offer them an exclusive and see if it works.
Similarly, if you do post your press releases on your company blog (which is always good to do), make sure you do this a few days after it’S been released in the media. So that the writers still get to break the news first.
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At the end of the day, like with most things that seem insurmountable (and there are a lot of these, especially if you’re a startup founder), PR too can be broken down into a science. This also means that after you’ve had your press launch, track the results and optimize based on data.
Be organized, creative and consistent and you will soon be able to crack open the black box that is public relations. Of course, BIGINTRO is always here to help make your content marketing tasks a little smoother.