Using the media to promote your business is a great way to stand out from your competitors and build awareness of you and the services you offer.

And, if you’re keen to learn about how to use PR, then you’ve landed in the right place!

This round-up is a guide to what you need to know. It contains links to all the articles I have written about PR (and is regularly updated), so it’s a great one to bookmark and keep referring back to.

I cover many topics related to PR and media relations, including the very basics of ‘What is PR?’ right through to practical tips and free tools that you can use to generate press coverage for you and your business.

I hope you find these articles useful. And if you do, and you’d like to receive these are more PR and marketing tips in your inbox approximately every fortnight, then also sign up for the Sixth Sense PR newsletter.

What is PR and why should you bother with it?

1. What is Public Relations?

In this article, I share what the potential benefits of PR are to you as a small business owner and what the differences are between PR and advertising.

If I was down to my last dollar, I'd spend it on PR

2. Why your photography business needs a PR and content marketing strategy

You need a constant and steady supply of leads and customers.

So, building your profile, raising awareness of your services, and getting visible among your target audience is one of your main priorities as a business owner. Which is where PR and marketing come in.

But, marketing without a strategy will have limited success.

If you haven’t got a plan for how you’re going to use the media and your own blog to promote your business, you need to read this article.

Need a communications strategy to attract and connect with your ideal customers?

3. Why PR and content marketing go so well together

PR and content marketing are two things that I love doing and I love to talk and write about.

Together, they are so powerful. And in this blog, I explain why they are a great fit for each other.

I believe that you should have both a content and a PR strategy. And, that you should be focussing on both content creation and public/media relations in your overall marketing efforts.


4. Why are you not using PR to promote your business?

If you’ve read the articles above, you’ll now have realised that getting featured in newspapers, magazines, on radio or TV, on podcasts and on blogs or websites could be very beneficial to you.

But, so many business owners don’t take the plunge and put themselves forward for media opportunities. Something is holding them back.

In this article, I address the common fears people have around pitching themselves to the media.

And I share tips on how to take the plunge and start using the media to promote your business.

My Story by Zoe Hiljemark

How to use PR as a marketing tool

4. Three ways to secure free publicity for your photography business

Sadly, PR opportunities rarely just land at your door. So, if you want to be regularly featured in the media, you’ll need to know about three ways you can achieve this.

In this article, I explain how to use the media to promote your business successfully.

Need help finding the newsworthy stories in your business

 5. How to use newsjacking to promote your photography business

In this article, I go into more detail about how to use newsjacking to generate media publicity.

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6. Six steps to securing media coverage for your photography business

In this article, I suggest that securing media coverage is simple. It’s just a case of following a six-step formula, which I break down in detail within this article.

Knowing how to use the media to promote your business is a common challenge, but this explains it all for you. Have a read and then try it out for yourself!

There’s also the option of signing up for a FREE downloadable PR cheatsheet.

Newsjacking is a great way to get featured in the press

7. How to get media coverage using personal stories

If you’ve ever thought that you don’t have any interesting news or stories to share with the media about your business, then this one is for you!

In it, I reveal how you can achieve positive publicity for your photography business without having to rely on pitching your photography portfolio to the media.

I also include examples of how photographers I have worked with have secured high-profile press coverage that has gotten them noticed using this exact strategy.

8.  Don’t miss this free PR tool to secure publicity for your photography business

Everyone loves a free tool that helps with business growth, right?

In this article, I introduce you something that I use every single day in my business.

It could prove invaluable for helping you to source publicity for your business, so this one is a MUST READ!

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8. Seven simple steps to securing Christmas media coverage

The media go into overdrive in ‘silly season’ and produce a bumper amount of Christmas-themed content. So,  journalists are often looking for Christmas stories, products and helpful tips for their readers and audiences.

In this article, I explain how you might go about securing Christmas media coverage for your photography businesses.

But be warned, you may want to start thinking about this in July! Find out why in the blog.

securing christmas media coverage

Want help with using PR to promote your business?

After reading these articles, I hope you’ll be interested in the idea of using the media to promote your business.

But, if you don’t want to do it alone, take a look at the two PR consultancy services I offer;

1) PR Clinics

These are a chance to pick my brain about a PR challenge you are facing, and are ideal if you’re a photographer who wants to handle your own PR but would welcome input from an experienced PR consultant.

You can book a PR Clinic with me here.

2) 1-2-1 PR Consultancy

I work with photographers to help them gain regular visibility in the media.

If this is of interest, please get in touch to enquire about my PR packages and current availability.

“Sixth Sense PR has transformed my business from a local, largely unknown, small business to being recognised on a national level. Zoe has been a fantastic asset, improving my PR beyond my expectations.”  – Karen Wiltshire, KW Photography

“Zoe has done several PR jobs for me and I have been more than impressed with her results. She has secured me articles in photography, pet and lifestyle magazines and she is very easy to work with. She offers lots of useful advice and does not make false promises. I cannot recommend her enough.” – Mel Taylor, Mel Taylor Photography

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