I got this article from here. I think it has some really good parts to it. When I'm at the stage where this will be an option, I hope to remember to use some of these ideas. The Secret Formula for Generating Crazy Amounts of PR. Posted at 3:32 PM This is an ironic title since this blog is, in fact, a press hit that will go into our ever growing press kit. That kit that has more than 1,000 articles in it from the past couple of years (check out: http://www.terracycle.net/media_coverage.htm), which works out to more than one article every day! So what's the trick? Well here are five simple tips: 1. DO NOT HIRE A PR FIRM: This is the golden rule in my opinion for one simple reason: PR firms are mostly in the business of getting a monthly retainer and less in the business of getting you press. If they were really in the business of getting you press, they would charge per article produced with say a formula that was something like: "amount of space/time given to your story" x "angle taken" x "value of that space" x "percentage commission" = fee to PR firm. I have yet to find a PR firm that didn't hang up the phone on me after I asked them to do that. Also, journalists -- according to my friends who are journalists -- strongly prefer to talk with the business owners or someone from the company instead of with an outside consultant. 2. A PRESS RELEASE IS THE STORY: Many journalists are overworked, and if you can give them a prepackaged story, you're golden. Most press releases are boring, long, and not really the story. A killer press release is one that the publisher can print word for word (with quotes and photos) if it chooses. Oh yeah, and it's all about the headline! The headline will make or break your release. 3. WORK THE PHONES, NOT THE WIRE: Most people, once they've written their press release, feed it into the news wire and think their job is done because their story is just so good. But if you really want PR, you need to call, e-mail, and keep calling the papers, magazines, TV shows, etc., that you want to reach. Writers get hundreds of e-mails a day and may not read your press release. So you have to call and get them on the phone. Once you're on the phone, you have to care about the story and be passionate about it in order to make them care. Also, research the writer before you call. If you're asking writers to invest time in a story about your idea, you have to invest a little in them. 4. LOCAL PAPERS: Did you know that there are more than 10,000 small local papers across America. The staff size in these papers is tiny! They cannot get enough local content since they don't have enough people to cover the local baseball game or the bake sale at the local school. Instead, they often publish wire copy from the news services. Most businesses have hundreds of local story opportunities. For example, when we launch a product at a retailer, we draft local press releases for each of the retailers' stores. Then we call the local paper in that area and tell it how a local store is carrying a cool new product -- a product we deeply believe in -- and voila! There is a great chance that an article will be written. Here's an example: http://www.bendweekly.com/Business/14778.html). 5. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR STORY IS INTERESTING, SEXY AND FUN: All of the above is pointless unless your story is interesting, sexy, and fun. And the person making the call has to care about it and can't sound like a lame telemarketer. Now, you may be saying to yourself: "My company isn't all that cool. I work in a gray office, a cubicle farm, and I'm launching a jump-to-conclusions doormat." Well, how about this title for your press release: "From gray dread to a million bucks. Seeing this company, you would have jumped to the wrong conclusion."