When you have a Plumbing/HVAC/Electrical startup, the best way to make it take off is to get a healthy dose of PR. The following is a compilation of tips and pointers to keep in mind, as you attempt to get PR that will help you to introduce your business to the world and become well known.
Journalists get pitches all of the time!
It’s important when you pitch your startup to the press that you remember they get pitches all of the time. This means that you have to try something new. Give them something with an angle, something they don’t get all of the time, something that they can use. If you seem too needy and generic they will take your pitch and “pitch” it straight in the trash. PR goes two ways, you have to help the press in order to get them to help you.
Journalists are human
What this means is that they want to know that you have done your research. You know what their objectives are, what makes them successful at their jobs, and you are pitching them your startup in a way that shows you can conform to their specific needs and wants. Show them that you took the time to learn what they cover and how they cover it. This conveys your professionalism and shows respect. If you show respect you will likely earn respect. This is a fairly basic human concept.
Find out who covers Plumbing/HVAC/Electrical
Not only will you be getting better press coverage but you won’t be wasting precious time on people who aren’t interested and don’t cover your industry. Stick with the experts in your industry so that you will get the PR you need at the quality that you need. Some people say there is no such thing as bad press but if your PR is poorly written then you will be misrepresented and misunderstood and that is always a setback for a startup.
Pitch a story
Everyone loves a story. Stories are immediate and they reach larger audiences. Stories are interesting and get more coverage. Instead of asking for a basic PR write up about your basic new business startup, make it interesting. Make your pitch about a topic before you make it about your company. Don’t worry about getting your product information out first, because it can come across as a cumbersome and boring read. Create a story that surrounds the product itself and the mission statement and company initiative will shine through naturally.