Three Tips to Plan a Successful Grand Opening

Dittoe PR is no stranger to planning grand opening events. Between Broken Beaker Distillery, two CycleBar locations, six GetGo locations, Carmel’s Market District, Hickory House, and Broken English Taco Pub – among many others – we’ve got the process down pat.

 

When Chicago-famous taqueria Broken English Taco Pub decided to expand to Indianapolis, they had to not only find the perfect location but an Indianapolis public relations team to assist with grand opening planning and secure media coverage around the expansion to the Circle City. Assisting with everything from creating the guest list and sending invitations to coordinating a Facebook Live interview during the grand opening event, Dittoe PR did it all.

When planning for a grand opening event, keep the following tips in mind:

 

Set a goal. Is the goal to pack the house? Secure TV coverage? Work with key influencers? Once you know where the finish line is located, it’s much easier to start the marathon. Setting an overall goal will help keep the team’s eye on the prize during the planning process.

 

Outline the run-of-show. Keep everyone on track by creating a run-of-show document that will include all the key details, including contacts, timeline, media interviews, menus, entertainment, and more. The level of detail depends on the depth of the event, but collaborating with the team to ensure everything you need is in one place is integral to pulling off a successful event. Modifications can always be made, but having this prepared ahead of time relieves stress that will inevitably arise the day-of.

 

Give yourself plenty of time. There is a long list of steps that need to be accomplished to ensure the big day goes off without a hitch. Typically, grand openings can take weeks (or even months) to plan. By creating a time table for weekly tasks and checkpoints, it’s much easier to stay on track. Are there potential issues that might arise? Have your vendors signed contracts? Do you know who will field media interviews or check the guest list? Include these questions and details into your ever-evolving run-of-show to keep your team on track.

 

Have a grand opening coming up? Contact us for a consultation to find out how Dittoe PR can help!

Four ways your brand can benefit from a media tour

While social media has made journalists more accessible than ever, and a well-crafted email pitch can secure phenomenal media coverage for your brand, there’s still no substitute for meeting face-to-face with a journalist to share your story.

Do you have a great company story, product or service for which you’ve struggled to get media coverage? Here are four reasons why a media tour might make sense for your brand:

You have a product or service to demo. Some products and services are more challenging to get attention in the media simply because they aren’t convenient for a journalist to try out for themselves. Many journalists are hesitant to tell their readers about a product or service unless they have experienced it firsthand. This means you can drastically improve your chances of obtaining media coverage by bringing the product or service to them, providing a brief demo and answering their questions. Not to mention, you’ll receive valuable feedback that you can incorporate into future versions of the product or service.

slack_for_ios_upload_720In-person meetings establish you as a trusted source for future stories. If you regularly produce research that journalists can use in future stories, or you are willing to go on the record to comment on industry news and trends, then an in-person meeting offers a great venue for you to explain the type of information you can provide to them that would appear in their stories. When these journalists need information from outside sources for their stories, you’ll be top of mind to them and asked to contribute your statistics or perspectives. Your company name will be cited in these stories, which only further establishes your credibility amongst your target audience.

Video enhances your brand’s story. If a picture says a thousand words, then a video is worth a million. For products or services that benefit from a demonstration as opposed to a still image, there’s no better place to be than filming an in-person studio interview with a media outlet that reaches your target audience. Video is one of the most popular storytelling formats around. In fact, the average U.S. adult spends more than 10 hours each week watching videos on digital devices.

Your enthusiasm for your company story, product or service is infectious….and way more effective to hear in person. There’s nothing that can match the power of your presence to capture the attention of journalists. Email pitches and social media outreaches can, in no way, convey the passion you have in your voice when you talk about your company, product or service. The right pitch, delivered in person, can effectively convince a journalist why you have a great story, product or service that their readers should know about.

We recently conducted a media tour in New York City for our client Redux, a device that brings liquid-damaged smartphones back to life. The meetings we scheduled have already resulted in coverage in Mashable and New York Magazine, and there are still several pieces of great media coverage to come. Could your brand benefit from a media tour? If so, let’s talk.

Pete Dye still swinging at 90: Opens Westfield’s Chatham Hills

Famed golf architect, Pete Dye spent five years and hundreds of hours crafting a championship course at Chatham Hills. The private course, expected to be among the best in the Midwest, is part of an upscale residential community that recently opened in Westfield.

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In addition to generating earned media coverage for the course, Dittoe PR was responsible for shooting and editing a promotional video that would be shown at the course’s soft opening where Pete and Alice Dye were slated to speak and hit a ceremonial tee shot.

It was essential that our video paid proper tribute to the Dyes so that Chatham Hills could use it in their marketing mix for years to come.

Once we held a strategy meeting with the Chatham Hills team to determine goals and key messaging for the video, Dittoe PR set up two separate video shoots. First, we went out to Chatham Hills and shot scenic views and were lucky enough to have Pete Dye himself give us an exclusive tour of the course! We rode on golf carts with Pete and got some great shots of him walking the course and taking a few swings. Our second day of shooting consisted of sit-down interviews with Chatham Hills executives talking about the development of the course and the years of hard work Pete and Alice put into turning their vision into a reality. After two days of filming, our team had everything we needed to create a visual story for Chatham Hills.

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Turning around the video in just over a week’s time allowed us to pitch it local and regional media in order to generate interest for the event.

By using the promotional video in our media outreach, our team was able to coordinate six interviews on the day of the soft opening including live shots by WISH-TV’s Anthony Calhoun and WRTV’s Dave Furst. In total, our team secured 56 media placements and generated a buzz on social media that resulted in 260 posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Interested in learning more about Dittoe PR’s work in video, sports and events? Request a consultation to learn more about how we can spark a conversation about your business.

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