NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Many small business marketers have the flexibility to accommodate opportunities in real-time in order to promote their latest product or service. While dozens of businesses have incorporated breaking news into their marketing mix, there may still be confusion around how best to identify these opportunities and join in on the conversations. In the latest article posted to PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit, contributing author Penny Sansevieri provides six techniques on how to use breaking news to build buzz for your business.
1. Media Alerts: The first way to identify these opportunities is to make sure you have your keywords entered into alert systems such as TalkWalker.com or Mention.net. Notification systems allow you to monitor the Web for content about your name, brand or competitors. Sansevieri suggests utilizing these systems during non-breaking news times as well in order to familiarize yourself with the media that covers your industry.
2. Connect: Begin connecting with journalists off- and on-line in order to build relationships and start dialog. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by following reporters on social media and commenting on their stories. A great offline tip is to attend an event where you can connect, interact and share information.
3. Blog: Now that you can identify breaking-news opportunities, Sansevieri recommends the best way to join the conversation is by starting a company blog where you can share your expertise with your readers. If you don't have an active blog, you can still join the conversation by reading other industry blogs and commenting on those posts.
For further discussion on the three remaining breaking-news tactics, read Sansevieri's post here.
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