Last Tuesday I popped in to DoES Liverpool to see Matthew Hughes give a talk on how to pitch your product to the press. He’s a tech journalist at MakeUseOf — so he had some lessons to share from the other side of the table.
In no real order:
- Be as concise as possible - journos receive mountains of product pitches each week.
- Sounds stupid but: There’s a difference between product pitches and press releases. The former is an anchor to entice the journo to sign-up for your product, check it out and write a review.
- If you have notable investors > name drop them. This adds validation.
- You need to entice the journo - lead with the problems you’re solving.
- Personalisation is important. Do your research on the journo. What have they written in the past that might make them want to write about your product?
- Gifts are cool, but not bribes $$$. UPDATE from Matthew: “Should probably clarify I meant gifts with no monetary value though, and after an article has been published. ;)”
- Obvz grammar is super important.
- Journos like phone numbers for follow up - so share yours.
- Don’t talk about yourself (founders) - especially if it’s a product pitch.