I had a colleague recently ask me about what online PR distribution company they could use to publicize their book. My response was, “I’ve never used a press release, ever.” I have only ever been my own media coverage, and I see no reason to go backward in the evolutionary stages of publicity by using outdated tactics.
When I started in Internet marketing, I didn’t have any knowledge about traditional tactics for getting publicity. My learning started online and mostly stayed on that channel, because I soon discovered that blog writing could help me fuel my own publicity and, in the process, become my own media coverage. Here’s how you can do the same:
Blogging Still Matters
Despite the fact that there are thousands of bloggers now on the scene, it’s still a vital part of becoming your own media coverage. I had to put a lot of time into creating daily content and getting people to know that it was there, but once I did, it became a solid foundation for generating even more coverage.
At the time I started my blog, I had a lot of time on my hands as I recovered from an injury. Now, with a lot on my plate as an entrepreneur, I have assistance from a team that can help produce content. I know my fellow entrepreneurs are most likely also struggling for time, so producing blog posts on a daily basis may not be at the top of your list. You can schedule time each day to produce content and consider hiring a freelancer to assist you. Use tools like WordPress to create, manage, and post blogs.
Whatever you choose to do, start writing blog posts on what you know, including the industry you are in, the pain points that impact that industry, and the trends that impact what you and your audience are experiencing. You can set it up as a video blog if that helps you stick to a regular program of fresh information.
Focus on Email Marketing
I still use email marketing to reach out to my database and share more valuable information that they can use, furthering the thought leadership role and personal brand that I started with my blog. People tell me how much they look forward to getting my weekly emails that cover some main pain points and showcase some of the existing content that they might not have seen.
Whatever you do, give your email recipients some type of takeaway, such as a download or a set of helpful tips to have them coming back for more or, better yet, forwarding the information to prospects.
John Rampton is the founder of Palo Alto, California-based Due, a free online invoicing company specializing in helping businesses bill their client easily online. You can connect with him @johnrampton.
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