The PR Masterclass: How to Develop a Public Relations Strategy That Works

The PR Masterclass: How to Develop a Public Relations Strategy That Works

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By (author) Alex Singleton

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 230mm x 24mm | 480g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118756231
  • ISBN 13: 9781118756232
  • Sales rank: 111,761

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The PR Masterclass is written by former newspaper, magazine and digital journalist Alex Singleton, who is now a prominent PR trainer and consultant. It reveals the secrets of effective PR and shows how to put in place a practical, reliable and successful media strategy for your product, business or activity one that delivers the greatest results. Through the book, you get to discover how to develop and pitch effective newsworthy material, regardless of your budget. The PR Masterclass is aimed at PR professionals as well as small business owners and entrepreneurs implementing a PR strategy. "PR can do more for your money than any other marketing tool. But very few people understand how to use it. Alex does because he has been at the receiving end. So will you if you read this remarkably practical book." Drayton Bird, author, Commonsense Direct and Digital Marketing "The lessons contained within The PR Masterclass should be plastered over the walls of organisations seeking to utilise the media effectively for their campaigns. This book is a must-have reference point." Ryan Bourne, CityAM columnist and Head of Economic Research, Centre for Policy Studies "This is an important book about public relations and how the media is changing. Singleton is a straight-talking journalist-turned-practitioner who pulls no punches. He calls on the industry to grow up and adopt the rigour of a professional discipline. It's a call to action that I wholly heartedly support. You should read The PR Masterclass if you're new to public relations or work in the profession and want to continue doing so." Stephen Waddington, European director, Ketchum, and 2014 President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) "Provides all you need to know about securing press coverage." Fraser Seitel, O'Dwyer's PR magazine "Every page is packed with insight and practical advice." Steve Harrison, co-founder, Harrison Troughton Wunderman "Written in a no-nonsense style, every chapter contains a mine of information about the subject. What's more, it's clear that Alex knows the business inside out. This is the kind of book you need to have close at hand. Do what it says, and you'll be miles ahead with your PR." James Hammond, brand consultant "Alex Singleton's book on public relations strategy is an excellent practical guide to the real world of PR." Ray Hiebert, Editor, Public Relations Review

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Alex Singleton is one of the world s leading strategists. Through consultancy, training and speaking, he helps organisations, large and small, all over the world. Companies such as Kellogg s, Virgin Atlantic and FirstGroup, along with major charities and public bodies, have turned to him for his expertise. Alex was previously a journalist at The Daily Telegraph in London and has also written for The Guardian, The Daily Express and Mail Online. He has been interviewed on countless news programmes on broadcasters such as the BBC, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg, and has appeared on Channel Four s comedy show 10 O Clock Live. He ran PR campaigns as Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute and President of the Globalisation Institute, and has given testimony in the House of Commons and the House of Lords select committees.

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By Justin Walker 11 Dec 2013 5

I bought this on Kindle but it is so useful that I've ordered the hardback version as well. I have worked in PR for five years, but love this this book. It is crammed full of useful information and I have already started implementing ideas generated from reading it.

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comprehensive, clear and incredibly practical. (PR Week, January 2014) The PR Masterclass is an easy-to-read book with its conversational nature and clear structure. The book is a great guide that can easily be referred back to again and again. (Behind the Spin, February 2014) We think it s great how Alex explains why most media campaigns fail. This book helps readers understand how to develop and pitch material that s newsworthy, credible and rivals competitors. (Talk Business, March 2014) a book you ll want to refer to time and time again as a refresher into why PR exists and what it s meant to achieve. Definitely one for every PR bookshelf. (The Spin Alley, March 2014) Alex Singleton is a man who knows his industry. The research he undertook for The PR Masterclass certainly highlights his attention to detail and desire to offer his readers practical information. (B2B Marketing, March 2014) if you want to read more about how to develop an effective PR strategy, I can highly recommend The PR Masterclass by Alex Singleton It's filled with ideas, tips and tricks to get your charity in the headlines at very little cost. (The Guardian's Voluntary Sector Network blog, April 2014)

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Would you like more media coverage? Alex Singleton, a former national newspaper journalist, has witnessed countless PR campaigns both good and bad. He now reveals the secrets of implementing a PR strategy that delivers the greatest results. "The PR Masterclass" is packed with practical advice and insights that will make you return to the book again and again. Whether your PR budget is large or small, it will ensure you develop and pitch newsworthy material that outdoes most of what is put out by the PR industry. It will help you to become a thought leader who magnetises the media with columns, letters and appearances on TV and radio. And it will show you how to react effectively if the media goes hostile. An utterly frank account of why some PR activities success and others fail, this is a must-read for anyone who deals with the media. "PR can do more for your money than any other marketing tool. But very few people understand how to use it. Alex does because he has been at the receiving end. So will you if you read this remarkably practical book." --Drayton Bird, author, "Commonsense Direct" and "Digital Marketing" "The lessons contained within "The PR Masterclass" should be plastered all over the walls of organisations seeking to utilise the media effectively for their campaigns. This book is a must-have reference point." --Ryan Bourne, CityAM columnist and Head of Economic Research, Centre for Policy Studies

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"This is an important book about public relations and how the media is changing. Singleton is a straight-talking journalist-turned-practitioner who pulls no punches. He calls on the industry to grow up and adopt the rigor of a professional discipline. It's a call to action that I whole-hearted support. You should read "The PR Masterclass" if you're new to public relations or work in the profession and want to continue doing so." --Stephen Waddington, European Director, Ketchum and the 2014 President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) "Every page is packed with insight and practical advice." --Steve Harrison, co-founder, Harrison Troughton Wunderman ""The PR Masterclass" holds the secrets to transforming your relationship with the media. Journalists will thank you for reading it." --David Hamilton, Head of Public Relations and Engagement, Action for Children. "Provides all you need to know about securing press coverage." --Fraser Seitel, O'Dwyer's PR magazine ""The PR Masterclass" is the best book on public relations ever written." --Madsen Pirie, President of the Adam Smith Institute, and formerly a Daily Mail Leader writer and US syndicated columnist "Alex Singleton's book on public relations strategy is an excellent practical guide to the real world of PR." --Ray Hiebert, Editor, Public Relations Review.

Table of contents

Foreword vii Preface xi 1 Why Public Relations Campaigns Fail and How to Make Them Succeed 1 2 How to Develop a Story Idea that Is Newsworthy 23 3 How to Build and Maintain an Effective List of Journalists 49 4 How to Write an Attention-Grabbing Press Release 67 5 Dealing with Incoming Media Enquiries 97 6 How to Successfully Pitch a Letter 109 7 Persuade the Public with Compelling Comment Articles 129 8 The Secrets of Effective Television and Radio Appearances 147 9 How to Choose an Agency or Consultant 159 10 Future Learning 173 About the Author 181 Acknowledgements 183 Index 185