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Putting together a media kit that gets results
July 1, 2000

Picture This: You're trying to interest a journalist in writing a story featuring your brand-new company-or, even better, you've been contacted by a writer who wants to use you as a source for an article. And then the writer says, "But before we schedule the interview, can you send me a media kit?" What you do next can mean the difference between valuable media exposure and another month of relative business anonymity.

"Media kits are essential tools for any business that wants to gain exposure in print, on television and radio, or even through Internet sources," says Alan Seko, vice president of Axsys Resource Public Relations in Salt Lake City. "In addition to providing important in-formation, the kits help establish a company's credibility." After all, reporters want to know that the sources they cite are reliable and will be around for a while after their stories are published or aired. And, best of all, media kits are relatively inexpensive.

So exactly what is a media kit? Seko defines it as an informational package that reflects the personality of the company while providing important facts in simple, nontechnical terms. "The best media kits are those that can be easily customized to fit a specific story angle the reporter may be pursuing," Seko adds. He says the basic elements of a good media kit are:

Always include a cover letter, which should either make reference to the fact that the kit was requested or, if you haven't had any previous contact, pitch a specific story. Keep in mind that more is not necessarily better. Reporters don't have time to wade through pages of material looking for the infor-mation they need, so make sure everything you include in your kit has a reason for being there.

Finally, let your media kit work for you in other ways. Seko says he's adapted Axsys's media kit to use as a tool to attract new investors. You can also use it as a recruiting device for top employee talent, to support loan applications or on any other occasion when you want to showcase your company in a positive way.

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