How to Be Pitch Perfect
Ready to get your pitch on, but not sure what you should say? Pitching Your Brand
While there is a definite art to pitching, it doesn’t have to be an intimidating (or impossible) task.
Rather, your job is to figure out how to position your brand, product, or service so that the value to your target audience is highlighted.
Dos and don’ts Pitching Your Brand
If you are aiming to reach a budget-conscious shopper, tailor your approach to focus on the value and durability of your offering.
If your focus is higher-end, draw your target customer’s attention to the fact that the product is hand-sewn and can be ordered in luxurious cashmere.
Are you eco-friendly? Then mention that your product is organic cotton and that 10 percent of proceeds are donated to an Earth-friendly charity.
Make it easy for your target customer—or a member of the media—to see exactly how your product, service, or story will apply directly to them.
Then, especially if you are pitching your story to the media, give them easy access to information, images, and quotes so that writing an article featuring your brand is enjoyable and easy to write.
Make sure to never send the exact same pitch to all your media contacts. Just as you would like every person on your outreach list to take the time to reach your pitch, they also would like you to take the time to know who they are, what interests them, and what their name is
Also, be careful with copy and pasting or making small adjustments to multiple pitches, as many email programs will alter the color and font of forwarded messages. Anyone in 2018 knows that if this is the case, you’ve copy and pasted without a second thought to what you were doing.
If you are sending out a general update all at once, make sure to blind-copy everyone’s email address. It is incredibly sloppy to share contact details for multiple people or media outlets by mass pitching on the To: line.
No matter your target audience, here are some ideas to kick-start your creativity and begin to develop multiple pitch angles for media:
- Connect your product to a current trend.
- Show a celebrity in a look that is similar to yours.
- Create a visual that connects your product to an upcoming or iconic film.
- Pitch how different versions of your product are perfect for traveling, business, gifts.
- Show your product as the perfect accessory for an event, like a music festival, first date, or wedding.
- Watch the red carpet at award shows and pitch how to get one or two looks for less.
- Create your own gift guide tailored to a certain publication or demographic.
Pitch takeaways Pitching Your Brand
In the health, fitness, food/beverage, and lifestyle industries, most companies are interested in product placement.
This means having specifics products photographed by the magazine and/or used in an editorial spread.
It’s important to note, however, that there are multiple angles that go beyond just the product itself when trying to place it. Examine the different kinds of angles that could be written about your offering.
Remember, even at the most basic level, there’s always a business and brand story to tell.
When pitching a story, focus on what makes yours unique. What makes your brand newsworthy?
How does your brand tie into current events or seasonal trends?
Finally, rely on your collateral pieces and product photography to do the heavy lifting around product placement for you.
Ready to get started? Put your best pitch forward by downloading these helpful pitch scripts.
Trust the process Pitching Your Brand
It might seem nerve-wracking, but there is a time-honored tradition of back and forth among the person doing the pitching and the one accepting the pitches that leads to what we read in magazines and watch on The Today Show.
Simply put, the media knows why you’re calling (or emailing— when in doubt—assume you should always email first).
Remember that your job is to make the editor’s lives easier.
They have a story to write, and you have the information they need to write the story. They need a pair of boots like those Beyoncé wore last Saturday night, and you’ve got them.
The media’s job is not, and never will be, to make you famous or to get people to buy your shoes, however. Approach your outreach from that perspective, and you will increase your chances of becoming a media darling.
These days media outlets are more pressed for time than ever before, and it’s amazing how often parts of your email pitch will make it into the actual article.
Use this to your advantage.
Write the pitch you want to read about your brand! Emulate the tone of the magazine in your pitch and focus the information on what is most relevant to that publication.
For a celebrity weekly, do your best Gossip Girl impression. For a business publication, lead with statistics or quotes that demonstrate thought leadership from your CEO.
If you are struggling, pretend you had to describe the magazine to a friend, or even your grandmother. Notice what words you are using, and incorporate those into your pitcharticle by KJ Greenwood