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Why Press Kits can Backfire

» Introduction
Press kits can be effective, but only if they're used sparingly and shrewdly. Don't inundate the media with information, and if you've hired a firm, don't give them carte blanche in the matter.
» Step 1
You've got it, you're going to put together a huge, glossy press kit, fill it with bios, press releases, fact sheets, photos, graphs, statistics, brochures, covering everything that ever happened in your life, with every possible bit of information that you have on yourself and your company, and you're going to send it to every media outlet you can think
of. Interesting plan, if your aim is to throw money away and alienate the media. To begin with, unless you have loads of disposable cash, you're going to go broke. More importantly, chances are, that it's going to be incredibly boring, not to mention annoying for the media to receive all that information - information they never requested. Press kits can be effective, but only if they're used sparingly and shrewdly. Don't inundate the media with information, and if you've hired a firm, don't give them carte blanche in the matter. Too many PR firms have a tendency to send out press kits en masse. It's a common practice, but a wasteful one. Also, keep in mind, public relations firms can make a heck of a lot of money charging their clients for high-priced press kits.
» Step 2
Frills and fluff do not make a <a href=“”<public relations campaign</a>. Buy yourself some two-pocket folders at any stationery store. Buy a good median-priced folder; you don't want the most expensive, but you don't want the cheapest folder either. Inside the folder include copies of any articles or interviews you have appeared in, a fact sheet, a short bio about you and your company, a press release, and any visuals or photos that you believe are important. No fluff, only include the pertinent stuff. That is your press kit. First send a release, make a follow-up call. If a producer or editor asks for a kit, send one, but only to people who have requested it. Be selective. Be smart.
» Step 3
Also, modify your press kit to fit the media that you're sending to. You may not want to send the same press kit to Time magazine that you would to Runner's World or Forbes. Be discerning in who you send the kits to and in the materials you include. It will pay off in the long run.
» Step 4
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