-- Is there new research that shows your product can make consumers happier, healthier, thinner? Can you find some?
-- Is there a special project or event your company can sponsor or be part of?
-- Can it be tied to kids or a group in need?
Look for some case studies on how PR practitioners have done this for other products to use as models and guides. The classic case study is Edward Bernays's success in persuading the public that bacon and eggs was the ideal American breakfast. A modern case study would be Barack Obamas PR efforts using social media to sell his presidential campaign.
Once you get the newsworthy angles down, you can see how you can leverage those "hits" into effective brand building strategies.
I agree with both Al Reis and Jack Trout that PR is the foundation of any kind of brand building. Consider reading Reis's book (co-authored with his daughter Laura) on the Fall of Advertising and Rise of PR.
Brad Sugars is the founder and chairman of ActionCOACH. As an entrepreneur, author and business coach, he has owned and operated more than two dozen companies including his main company, ActionCOACH, which has more than 1,000 offices in 34 countries.