You’ve decided on a niche for your expertise and now need to spread the word. In this article you’ll find a variety of relatively simple ways to gain mass exposure.
Hundreds of radio shows seek knowledgeable and interesting guests to satisfy their listening audiences. With the onset of satellite radio, internet radio and podcasting, the number of hosts seeking guests grows daily. You need not be a celebrity to secure a radio interview. Plenty of opportunities exist for individuals with knowledge in specialized areas.
Pitching yourself for radio is simple when you have a plan. Before you pick up the phone, make a list of all of examples that qualify you as an expert in your industry. Reference titles of articles and books that you’ve authored, names of awards that you have won, and testimonials from satisfied clients and reputable associations.
Design a short pitch for yourself using some of the things you listed. When you call the radio show, start by introducing yourself immediately. After your introduction, present a solid reason why the person at the other end of the phone should continue to listen by speaking in terms of how your knowledge can benefit their show.
Consider the goal of your first phone call to a radio station to introduce yourself and gain the producer’s contact information. You may not book a show with your first phone call, but you can now send your press kit to the show’s producer and place yourself on their radar for the next time they cover a topic in your arena.
Radio-Locator: A directory of every radio station on the planet www.radio-locator.com/
Live 365: A directory of internet radio station www.live365.com
Podcast.net: A directory of Podcasts by location and keyword www.podcast.net/
Online articles offer a fantastic means of spreading your name and knowledge to a broad audience. Tens of thousands of website owners face the daunting challenge of stocking their websites with the fresh, informational content their visitors seek. To meet this growing need, numerous free content sites have emerged, offering publishing rights to thousands of articles on a variety of topics. In exchange for the article’s publishing rights, the author has a chance to promote themselves with a short bio and link to their website at the conclusion of the article.
Popular Free Content Sites
eZine Articles – Averaging around 1 billion hits per day www.ezinearticles.com
Free Sticky – Averaging around 50 million hits per day. www.freesticky.com
A press release is an informative document written to alert the media of a timely event about your company. Your event doesn’t need to be a showstopper – thousands of press releases are written every day on topics such as a company name change or the introduction of a new product.
A press release, however, does need to be written to appeal to a general audience. The more unique the topic, the more likely your release is to get noticed. Newspaper and magazine editors depend on content for the success of their publications and often simply repackage well-written press releases as articles or blurbs.
Try adding a unique spin to the topic and devising a way to involve the public. For example, if your restaurant has introduced a new sandwich, develop a contest for the community to name the sandwich. While you’ve managed to alert the public of the sandwich’s peppery corned beef, savory mushroom sauce, and plump focaccia bread, the public gets a chance to win a free meal, and have their name credited on the menu.
Build your own list of newspaper and television contact names and fax numbers or hire a professional public relations company to distribute your article to the a large number of media outlets. Don’t gloss over small local papers as a recipient for your press releases. These are often a great place to begin building your publication portfolio.
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