There’s been a lot of hubbub around pitching to bloggers. The Chris Andersons and Gina Trapanis
of the world don’t want to be solicited to by PR companies. They have
some good points – including explicit warnings not to email them – and
I don’t fault them for their actions.
However, PR does serve a valuable purpose in business and it’s certainly not going to disappear in the new media landscape. In this post, I will describe essential elements of a stellar PR pitch to a blogger.
The Right Pitch
- Short: The total email was 130 words long. Already, this send the message that she respects my time.
- Introduction: In one sentence, she explains who she is, who the client is, and why she’s writing to me.
- Description: Again in one sentence, she sums up
the product with a minimum of the adjectives that decrease
believability (”best,” “great,” “unique,” etc).
- Seduction: I would have made the mistake of
describing at least one feature or benefit. Instead, Christina piques
my interest just enough and then leaves me two links from which to
garner the specs. I had clicked these links before I even finished
reading the email.