Keep on keeping on

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By Danny Sullivan

I recently had a reporter come back to me to get a client’s comment for an article he was writing – a direct result of a previous conversation we had had about another story. It’s great when that happens, but all too uncommon.

Dealing with the media can be a frustrating experience. Perhaps you’ve developed a good story pitch and have managed to get a key reporter on the phone, but you get a response along the lines of, “Sounds interesting, but I’ve got too much on my plate just now. Keep in touch though.”

Sounds like a brush off, doesn’t it?  But it isn’t. If you have done your research well, then you know that this reporter should be interested in your story and his request to stay in touch is genuine. The key point is not to give up on things after such a call.

It can be a challenge to maintain the motivation to keep checking back with reporters, but doing so is often the difference between success and failure. The media are a busy bunch, but if they’ve indicated interest, you just need to try and catch them at the right time. Don’t give up on a lead until you are sure the opportunity is gone.

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  • Karen Pierce Gonzalez

    July 11, 2008 7:46 pm

    Danny,
    This is so true!!!!
    Many times I have had such conversations (both sides of it- as journalist and as pr specialist). I have heard (and have said) “Sounds interesting. Let me get back to you if it’s a go). Sometimes the reporter has to check with editor or has another story assigned that has higher priority.
    Bummer, yes, but end of story? No.
    I’ve even had the same media call me back later and say “can you still put me in touch with so and so? I want to do a story that’s somewhat related”.
    Also, as a journalist I always tried to be sensitive to those who called (unless they pushed and badgered), letting them know I wasn’t able to make a decision at the time.
    So, yes, please don’t give up!!!!!!
    Best, Karen
    http://www.kpgpublicrelations.blogspot.com

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