Dittoe PR Springs Into Q2 with New Clients and New Team Member

There are many reasons to celebrate spring. The temperatures are rising, the flowers are blooming, and summer is just around the corner. Here at Dittoe Public Relations, we have even more reasons to celebrate, as we kicked off Q2 with significant additions to our client roster and added a new team member.

Springbuk, WGU Indiana and Conrad Indianapolis have each selected Dittoe PR to lead their media relations and thought leadership efforts. Spanning a variety of industries, including health IT, higher ed and hospitality, these Indianapolis-based organizations all have one thing in common: they have great stories to tell. 

Read on to learn a bit more about our new clients and how Dittoe PR will lead PR efforts for each organization.

Springbuk
Springbuk launched in 2015 with employer-facing health analytics software that forecasts costs and improves population health. Their technology is built by a team of clinical experts, health economists and strategists, and data scientists.

The company initially partnered with Dittoe PR to promote its Health Intelligence Tour, debuting their Health Intelligence platform upgrades. The tour went through Dallas, Chicago and New York City to spread the word to employers, brokers and analysts all over the country about how Springbuk’s platform is preventing disease with data. Dittoe PR secured coverage in the Indianapolis Business Journal, Employee Benefit News, HR.com, Talent Culture and many more outlets to coincide with the tour. Starting this month, the Dittoe PR team is shifting gears and developing and executing a more comprehensive media relations and thought leadership campaign. Through personalized and targeted media outreach, along with expertly drafted contributed articles and award nominations, Springbuk will be showcased as an innovator and thought leader in the employee benefits space.

WGU Indiana
Founded in 2010, WGU Indiana was established as the first-ever state model within Western Governors University. The online university was created for 21st Century careers and offers 60+ degrees in the four colleges of business, teaching, I.T. and health/nursing. WGU Indiana’s mission is to open its doors for adult learners who need the flexibility and affordability of an online university to help them achieve their educational and career goals.

Dittoe PR will execute a proactive, highly strategic media relations, thought leadership and social media plan that will boost statewide brand awareness and help increase enrollment. Through consistent and meaningful media coverage, as well as thought leadership opportunities, we will work to contribute to WGU Indiana’s continued success.

Conrad Indianapolis
Located in Downtown Indianapolis, Conrad Indianapolis opened its doors in 2006 and is a part of the luxury brand Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. The hotel offers beautiful event space for everything from large corporate assemblies to intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions. The hotel also offers an art experience unlike any other hotel in Indianapolis that includes notable pieces in the lobby, several art-influenced suites and the Long Sharp Gallery, which features modern masterpieces from artists like Picasso, Miro, Warhol, Basquiat, Haring, Indiana and Lichtenstein.

Dittoe PR will generate media coverage for the hotel through media relations, compelling content creation and thought leadership efforts to encourage stays, event bookings and showcase the approachable luxury that is Conrad Indianapolis.

You may be wondering how we execute successful campaigns for so many different types of clients in different industries. We get that question a lot, and it reminds me of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes: “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

For us, the answer is simple. PR is all about the art of storytelling, and we know every company has a story to be told and a targeted audience who will listen and take action. It’s our passion, experience, skills and tools that allow us to tell our clients’ meaningful stories on a daily basis.

As we continue to grow our diverse client roster, we are also adding new team members! Sarah Cox joined the Dittoe PR team as an account executive in March 2019. Prior to joining our agency, Sarah was the director of marketing for the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism for seven years and also served as marketing chair for the Women in Behavior Analysis Conference for three years. She enjoys exploring the world, attending Yelp Indy events and spending time with friends and family. We are thrilled to have Sarah join our growing team!

Thinking it might be time for your organization to find the right PR partner? Contact me at lauryn@dittoepr.com!

Easy Ways to Amplify Media Coverage (Outside of Social Media)

Here at Dittoe PR, we secure amazing media coverage every day for our clients. But the efforts shouldn’t stop after sending the coverage link to the client. It’s important to keep the momentum going and maximize the exposure for each piece of meaningful media coverage. Since we already gave you a rundown on how to amplify media coverage via social media, here are some additional ways PR professionals can widen the reach of secured stories.

COMPANY WEBSITE
A company website is the heart of any brand, so leverage this space as a media amplification tactic by creating a landing page for company news. Here are some tips on how to have a fantastic press page:

  • Put a separate press release section on the press page. This helps website visitors differentiate between what is being shared by the company and what is actually secured media coverage.
  • Make it easy to find. It should be predominantly on the top of the navigation bar on the homepage.
  • Keep the verbiage concise. Keep it to the headline or a one sentence overview of the coverage.
  • Incorporate memorable quotes. Memorable quotes from media coverage act as testimonials for your company, thus proving your credibility. They can also show website visitors you deserve their business.


LEVERAGE AS CONTENT IN E-NEWSLETTERS
Leveraging news stories in e-newsletters is another great way to build your credibility, communicate your impact and create opportunities for touchpoints with current stakeholders, clients or customers. So, once a piece of coverage hits the web, consider how to incorporate the story in your email newsletter strategy. Depending on the frequency of coverage, consider grouping multiple stories into one email for maximum impact.

SHARE INTERNALLY
Don’t underestimate the importance of sharing media coverage with your colleagues or staff. Send around an email with a link and ask colleagues to share the coverage on their own social media networks. In addition, if the media coverage is shared on the outlet’s social media channels, make sure to ask employees to also “Like” or “Share” the post, as well as add a positive comment. This tactic helps keep the conversation going, draws more attention to the earned media and fosters a continued relationship with the outlet.

In addition, consider if the media coverage would make sense to share with partners or current investors to strengthen the partnership and expand the reach of the coverage through their networks. If you have partnered with any investors in the industry as well, this would be a great opportunity to share the coverage with them to see if they can share on their personal channels.

SHARE WITH POTENTIAL INVESTORS & CUSTOMERS
Media coverage can reassure potential investors about the interest in your company and potentially help lock in new rounds of funding. Sending media coverage to potential partners should be handled appropriately. Rather than bombarding them with every new piece of coverage secured, use it as a tactic to follow-up with an investor and continue the conversation by leveraging some top hits or a roundup of hits.

In addition, media coverage adds third-party credibility to messaging and can act like a compelling tool for validating sales team’s conversation with potential customers or stakeholders whether on sales calls or at trade shows.

Now that you know how to share great media coverage, perhaps you need help securing some? Contact Lauryn Gray at lauryn@dittoepr.com to set up a consultation today! 

What cuts in journalism jobs mean for PR

There are six public relations professionals for every journalist.

In 1980, the ratio was 1.2 to 1.

These ratios, pulled from recent U.S. Department of Labor statistics, illustrate just how dramatically the media relations landscape has fluctuated in the last 40 years. Especially in 2019, it’s clear that the media industry – and by extension public relations and media relations – is shifting as a result of waves of layoffs, changes in business models and the rise of influencers and citizen journalists in the internet age.

Below, we explore the evolution of journalism, what it means for the PR industry and the role of PR pros during the transformation.

What’s the reality?
Earlier this year, local and national news organizations announced waves of layoffs as a result of traditional newsroom downsizing and budget cuts. The latest reports show more than 2,200 people lost their jobs in this latest round of layoffs, setting a dark tone for 2019.

The print industry in particular is seeing an increase in layoffs as a result of recent transitions. Between January 2017 and April 2018, at least 36 percent of the largest newspapers across the U.S. – as well as at least 23 percent of the highest-traffic digital-native news outlets – experienced layoffs, according to a PEW Research study. Additionally, buyouts and mergers have clouded the landscape in a fight to find the right business models to bring monetization and higher profitability to online media in particular.

This news is negative for all of us — journalists, media outlets, PR people, citizens and democracy.

In this landscape, it’s also important to realize the pay gap that exists between PR professionals. Back in 2000, the pay gap between the PR pros and reporters was a little more than $6,000 annually. In 2017, the difference in salary increased $16,000. With a figure like that, it’s clear why many reporters are leaving their roles and transitioning into related fields such as PR, marketing and advertising.

What does it mean?
As the audience of journalists shrinks and number of PR pros grows, it’s harder than ever to get media coverage. Because journalists are heavily outnumbered, they are constantly bombarded with pitches.

To combat the clutter, PR pros must tailor each message to specific reporters and think like a journalist by following some basic journalistic principles such as:

  • Avoid selling and start storytelling, as journalists and as PR professionals, our first goal is storytelling, not selling.
  • Know what’s newsworthy by following five key elements to newsworthiness: timing, significance, proximity, prominence and human interest.
  • Understand your audience by asking: Who are your customers? Who are your clients? And, who are the ideal readers of the story you’re hoping to tell?
  • Verify and research your content, from media pitch, a white paper or a thought leadership article.
  • Strategically structure your writing by following the traditional pyramid model. Your most important and most interesting content belongs at the very top of the pyramid.


What can we do about it?
Despite the many changes brought on by the digital revolution, there continues to be an ongoing need for a new, yet free and honest, press that can be supported by PR pros.

The PR industry should be dedicated to supporting the growth of traditional and non-traditional journalism, and PR pros can have a profound impact on the evolution of journalism by engaging in activities such as:

  • Read news to learn more about the topics impacting your clients, the community and the world at large. This can also help you learn the names and styles of key journalists that you’re wanting to build a relationship with.
  • To directly fund journalism, you should individually support or encourage your agency or company to subscribe to news outlets locally, as well as publications in client verticals.
  • Develop new skills that can make the jobs of journalists easier, such as learning how to use a DSLR camera or write a concise headline to increase the odds of a story being picked up.
  • Consider working with non-traditional media, such as influencers and citizen journalists to spread client stories.
  • Hire journalists looking for a career change to the PR profession, as their skills and inside know-how are invaluable for storytelling and pitching efforts.


No matter how much the media industry shifts, one fact remains: Both professions will continue to work together and rely on one another for many decades to come.

Is your business looking for a way to cut through the clutter and reach key journalists? Contact Lauryn Gray at lauryn@dittoepr.com to schedule a consultation today!