PR coverage posts

The Global Effect – Is it Time for Local Radio to Fight Back?
05.03.19

The radio group will network its breakfast shows on Capital, Heart and Smooth by the end of 2019 and will close numerous regional stations completelyHoping to rival the likes of BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2, Global say they’re creating the three largest commercial radio breakfast shows in the UK on Capital, Heart and Smooth with 4.8m, 3.7m and 2.7m weekly listeners. It comes after Ofcom made changes to its localness guide and announced the deregulation of commercial radio in October 2018.

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‘Tis the season of change in broadcasting
23.10.18
It’s been all change in the showbiz world, with seemingly secure presenters upping sticks and leaving their audiences wondering who will fill the pr...
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Using sports stars to support your Broadcast PR Campaign
26.09.18
The World Cup, the Ryder Cup and the European Championships have made 2018 a pretty good summer of sport, and have thrown a host of sporting superst...
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Dave Terris, Editor of Sky News Radio- Small Talk
06.09.18
We recently had the pleasure of hosting Dave Terris, Editor of Sky News Radio and IRN, at our latest Shout! Communications Small Talk networking eve...
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Listening Figures Drop For Radio 4’s Today Programme
07.08.18

Radio 4’s Today programme is so often the icing on the cake in a broadcast PR campaign, so it could come as a shock to many of us in the industry to learn this flagship news show has suffered a fall in listening figures.

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Ways to work key messages and branding into a radio or TV interview
18.07.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


So, you’ve booked in your broadcast campaign and the launch day has finally arrived. Now it’s showtime and the pressure is on your spokesperson to weave in key messages and branding within the interviews, to keep you, or if you’re an agency, your client happy.

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International Media Relations: securing coverage across the pond
10.07.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


Securing overseas coverage for clients is becoming much more prevalent and often the icing on the cake off the back of a successful UK campaign. Many clients have an EMEA and global brief too and selling in to international broadcasters is increasingly a requirement.

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Is local radio underappreciated?
26.06.18

by Matt Napier, Broadcast Assistant


Much like comparing TV to radio, some stories simply aren’t made for everything. If you’ve got a story with a visual aspect then TV will, naturally, be more appropriate than radio. However, if your campaign is based on spreading information to the masses using spokespeople and statistics, then radio will be the way to go.

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Jim Grice, Head of News and Current Affairs London Live – Small Talk
19.06.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


We recently had the pleasure of hosting Jim Grice, Head of News and Current Affairs at London Live, at Shout! Communications for a ‘Small Talk’. As a regional and national media veteran, we knew Jim’s insights would be invaluable to us and our guests, so we’d like to share them with those of you who weren’t there.

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Should Broadcast PR be separate from “mainstream” PR?
12.06.18

By Keren Haynes, Co-Director


At Shout! Communications we don’t think broadcast PR IS separate from “mainstream” PR, and it has always amazed us that there are those in the industry who think it is anything other than an integral part of any campaign.

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The Perfect Case Study for your Broadcast PR Campaign
15.05.18

By Arthur Perkins, Broadcast PR Consultant


Case studies are an excellent way to attract a broadcaster’s attention; whether you’re pitching to TV, radio or online, journalists always appreciate this way of making a story more relevant to their audience.

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Top tips to make your radio day go with a zing
08.05.18

by Matt Napier, Broadcast Assistant


Forward planning, the perfect spokesperson, timing, availability… so much more goes into a radio day than you’d think. Read on for some top tips on how to make your radio day a success.

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The 3 biggest obstacles to getting coverage on TV and Radio
01.05.18

By Arthur Perkins, Broadcast PR Consultant


You think you’ve got a strong story; the stats and spokespeople are lined up, you call the planning desk and they want you to send over your press release, you get a call back, they’re interested! Then, the producer calls and says, “something else has come up, we can’t do this anymore”. Cue despair.

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Why clients love broadcast PR
24.04.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


Securing broadcast coverage can be the cherry on top of a great campaign, bringing all elements together on television and radio to reach millions, so it’s no wonder our clients love it! If you’re reading this, then chances are you’re someone who has either had first-hand experience with, or is interested in broadcast PR.

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Listening to a podcast is good for you!
17.04.18

by Matt Napier, Broadcast Assistant


There’s some amazing podcast content out there – much of it available for free. Dramas, documentaries, educational, comedy… whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s there.  And do you know what? The amount of competition out there for listeners means it’s all pretty darned good.

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Taking the stress out of broadcast PR
03.04.18

By Keren Haynes, Co-Director


When you eventually get there the end result is often fantastic:  your brand or key messages can reach millions of people on TV or radio. But the journey there can be a bumpy road. This blog looks at some of the obstacles – and possible ways round them – that can mitigate some of the stress and hurdles.

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Peak, Prime and Perfect – Securing long lead PR
27.03.18

By Keren Haynes, Co-Director


The central focus of an hour long, prime time television programme, on the UK’s most watched channel: when BBC One’s “The Apprentice” filmed on P&O Cruises’ flagship Britannia, it resulted in an amazing piece of PR generated coverage.

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Shout! Communications Big Talk March 2018: Summary
20.03.18

by Catherine Bayfield, Co-Director


BBC News likes certainty but needs change…that was the premise of the latest Shout! Communications’ Big Talk, featuring a prestigious panel of speakers including  BBC UK News Editor Richard Burgess,  Editor of the Victoria Derbyshire Programme Louisa Compton and Editor of BBC News at 6pm and 10pm, Paul Royall.

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Is broadcast PR expensive?
13.03.18

By Keren Haynes, Co-Director


Is broadcast PR expensive?   It sounds like it should be, given how influential and wide-reaching television and radio can be.

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Arti Lukha, News Editor ITV News – Small Talk
27.02.18

By Arthur Perkins, Broadcast PR Consultant


Shout! recently hosted ITV Senior News Editor Arti Lukha for another in our series of Small Talks. Arti has experienced it all as a journalist, working her way up to the role of senior news editor at ITV News, where she works in conjunction with the programme editors deciding what stories the broadcaster will cover in their new bulletins.

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Including Broadcast in a New Business Proposal
13.02.18

by Catherine Bayfield, Co-Director


It is often seen as the icing on the cake or an expensive add-on, but including broadcast PR in a new business proposal isn’t as challenging as you might think.

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Enhancing PR video
07.02.18

by Rory Green, Videographer


Using video in PR campaigns is nothing new, but with equipment coming down in price and up in quality, professional looking video is possible on a small budget. I believe that this is one reason that there has been a huge surge in the amount of branded video content that is currently populating many websites and social media channels.

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How can B-roll make or break a TV campaign?
23.01.18

By Keren Haynes, Co-Director


Obviously broadcasters would prefer to shoot their own pictures, but when they don’t have the resources to do that themselves B-roll can become one of the most valuable tools in your PR kit bag.

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Chiyo Robertson, BBC World News TV – Small Talk
10.01.18

By Arthur Perkins, Broadcast PR Consultant


In the latest installment of our Shout! Communications Small Talks, on Thursday 7th December 2017 we were delighted to host Chiyo Robertson, Editor of BBC World News TV Business Programming.

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Our Top Picks – Shout! Communications’ best Broadcast Campaigns of 2017
12.12.17

by Alex Hesketh and Kate Fallis


It’s that time of the year when we all like to reminisce… here’s a run-down of our favourite broadcast campaigns of 2017.

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Matt Williams – Head of Home News, ITV News
21.11.17

by Alex Hesketh, Broadcast Executive


Shout! was delighted to host another Big Talk featuring three fantastic broadcast journalists; first up was Matt Williams, Head of Home News at ITV News.

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Video editing tips for Broadcast PR
07.11.17

by Rory Green – Videographer


Editing can make or break a video production. Get it right and the video will be successful, but get it wrong and all that production work could be wasted.

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What makes perfect PR research?
24.10.17

by Catherine Bayfield, Co-Director at Shout! Communications


What would PR practitioners do without research? Some would say research has had its day, but we know that newsrooms short of resources no longer have the budget to fill every bulletin with investigative or breaking news stories. Often they’re grateful for some engaging content.

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Producing a shoot abroad
10.10.17

by Arthur Perkins, Broadcast PR Consultant.


Some of the biggest names in tech, a stunning location and a spectacular event…this is what we found when Shout! went international to film video content for Founders Forum’s inaugural event in Italy.

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How to avoid pestering journalists
12.09.17

Journalists are the gateway to your success and your clients’ happiness, so it’s important to know when you might be doing more harm than good.

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The power of the fully integrated campaign
05.09.17

We look at the power of the fully integrated campaign, give some top tips and examine how what might seem like a complicated, wide-scale operation might be easier than you think.

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Anthony Scaramucci: a media training nightmare
29.08.17

In our years of media training, we thought we’d encountered every possible type of broadcast spokesperson. That was until Anthony Scaramucci appeared on the BBC, interviewed by Emily Maitlis on Newsnight.

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The ‘Broadcast Booby-Trap’: How social media is affecting broadcast journalism
22.08.17

Alex Hesketh looks into the recent trend of ‘punking’ guests live on air, which has moved broadcast interviewing into the social media age.

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Why PRs shouldn’t dismiss local radio
15.08.17

Clients will always want national coverage, and while national radio is clearly a great get, there are also other ways to reach your target audience.

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Getting your PR Podcast Noticed
08.08.17

Rory Green looks at how pre-production and optimisation are key for producing the perfect PR podcast.

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News Hijacking – How to get your brand in the media without a story
01.08.17

Kate Fallis looks at how your brand can land PR coverage on national broadcasters without generating a stand-alone news story yourselves.

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Who should be my broadcast spokesperson?
25.07.17

Kate Fallis highlights some of the things to keep in mind for choosing the perfect spokesperson for your next broadcast PR campaign.

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What makes good broadcast media training?
12.07.17

Director Keren Haynes looks at effective media training can help PRs and brands get the most out of interviews on TV, radio and online.

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Tim Cunningham – Executive Producer of The Wright Stuff
04.07.17

Kate Fallis reports on the first of our latest Big Talk speakers: Tim Cunningham, Producer of Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff.

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Top tips to make your next radio day a success
20.06.17

If you want to reach millions of people across the UK, why not consider a radio day? A radio day is a great way to get your key messages across and make your brand stand out.

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The next level of live-streaming
13.06.17
By Rory Green If you log on to any of the big social media sites one thing they all have in common is their heavy promotion of live video strea...
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Why the relationship between PRs and Journalists is so important
23.05.17

Kate Fallis writes on her experiences after jumping the fence from broadcast journalist to PR professional…

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Could a sports star lead you to victory in your next campaign?
16.05.17

Having the right voice behind your next broadcast campaign is important – so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of using an athlete spokesperson.

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Running a PR story during a General Election
02.05.17

Thinking of delaying your PR story until after the General Election? You might want to consider a few things before you pull the plug…

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When a big story breaks…
04.04.17

Shout! Communications Director Keren Haynes looks at the best plan of action for PRs when a big story story takes over the news.

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Trends for Broadcast PR Media Relations 2017
10.01.17
By Catherine Bayfield Tailoring radio coverage to client needs Everyone predicted the death of radio but in 2017 it is most definitely alive...
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What Makes a Good Radio Story?
15.11.16
By Kate Fallis So you want to know what makes a good radio story? Well, it all really depends on who your audience is. It seems like quite an o...
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Video Streaming for PR Campaigns
27.09.16
By Rory Green, Shout! Communications Engaging relevant audiences, driving interest and influencing key stakeholders, these are just some of the ben...
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Matt Williams Small Talk
20.09.16

Shout! Communications recently held a Small Talk with BBC Radio 2 sports presenter and reporter, Matt Williams. Matt presents the sport on the Sony Award-winning Simon Mayo Drivetime show on BBC Radio 2. The show regularly reaches around 6.5 million people every week.

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Small Talk with BBC Business Editor at Radio 4 & BBC Digital, Simon Hamer
06.09.16
  By Arthur Perkins   Shout! played host to a wonderfully insightful Small Talk with BBC Business Editor at Radio 4 & BBC Digit...
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How to Prepare Your Client For a Radio Day
30.08.16
By Arthur Perkins   Radio interviews are often hard won but they offer the most fantastic coverage in return once they’re clinched. So ho...
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What Sort of Video Do I Need as Part of a PR Campaign?
23.08.16
By Sophie McGregor   So you’ve decided you want to create a video for your next PR campaign?  Video offers extraordinary PR opportunitie...
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Communicating Key Messages in a Radio Interview
16.08.16
By Claire Burgess   As a listener you take a news story at face value – it’s on air because it’s interesting content. But as a PR pro...
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Shout! Communications Small Talk with Sky News Radio and IRN Editor, David Terris
02.08.16
By Arthur Perkins   Shout! played host recently to Sky News Radio and Independent Radio News (IRN) Editor David Terris for a Small Talk to ...
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How to Prepare a Spokesperson for a Radio Day
27.07.16
By Claire Burgess   Spokespeople come in all shapes and sizes, from the bold and brash, to the shy and the faint hearted. It’s up to the ...
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Post-Production Techniques
22.07.16

By Rory Green

As Videographer for Shout! Communications, I am lucky enough to get to edit some great video content. In the world of PR, videos need to be visually interesting, but often they need to be edited quickly and in some cases only a few hours after an event! In this blog I will share a few of my favourite post-production techniques that I use to add some visual flair to a video package – but don’t take up too much edit time.

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Best PR Video Practices for Your Next Campaign
28.06.16
We’d like to share with you a little PR secret – our latest E-book:  Best PR Video Practices. Our advice is based on years of broadcast experien...
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What Does it Take to Get Your Story on a BBC One News Bulletin?
21.06.16
By Keren Haynes   BBC One news bulletins, broadcast at one, six and ten o’clock, reach an average of 5 million viewers per programme. So ...
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How Do You Make a Journalist Interested in Your PR Story?
14.06.16
By Keren Haynes   The logic is obvious.  If you speak a foreign language fluently you will be able to communicate with the locals more eff...
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Branding: Why Less is More on TV and Radio
07.06.16
By Keren Haynes   Broadcast PR is a funny old game when it comes to branding. Obviously clients want to see a return on their money and for...
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What’s the Difference Between the BBC and Commercial Radio Stations?
31.05.16
By Claire Burgess   You’re sitting there deciding who’s going to take this story. Is it BBC? Is it commercial? Well before you go full stea...
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Please take our QUIZ – and find out what Broadcast Personality you are!
24.05.16
What Broadcast Personality are YOU?? In the world of broadcast there are many different ways on lapping up your news and broadcast PR's are always ...
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Radio or TV: Which is Better?
13.05.16
By Arthur Perkins   Ask a client what makes a successful campaign and Broadcast PR is likely to be at the top of their wish list. But if bu...
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What is B-roll and why should you be interested?
10.05.16
Today, B-roll is more important than ever. There is now an expectation from broadcasters that, if you’re offering up a story for television, it shou...
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Why Leicester City’s Win Should NOT Have Made the Top Slot on the Today Programme
03.05.16
Why Leicester City’s Win Should NOT Have Made the Top Slot on the Today Programme. By Keren Haynes Ok, I get why it merits blanket news cove...
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WHAT DRIVES US MAD ABOUT MEDIA RELATIONS
26.04.16
By Catherine Bayfield We LOVE media relations.   Nothing can surpass that feeling of finally clinching that much sought after opportunity on TV, ...
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Top Brush-offs Journalists Give PRs
12.04.16
By Catherine Bayfield You’ve got to be thick skinned when you work in PR and your job involves selling-in stories.   This is our bread and butter...
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What happens in a TV planning meeting?
26.01.16

Many of us in PR wonder what goes on at TV editorial meetings. Who attends, what is discussed, what angles there are and the million dollar question; how do editors decide on the stories they want to broadcast.

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3 top gadgets to use in a PR video
15.01.16
As Shout’s videographer I love using different gadgets and equipment to make our video productions stand out from the crowd. In this blog I will loo...
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The perfect spokesperson for broadcast PR
17.12.15
A spokesperson can make or break a campaign. Who you’re trying to target and what sort of image you’re trying to create are crucial questions to a...
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Top Tips for Green Screen
08.12.15
By Rory Green Are you interested in green screen filming but unsure how it would improve your broadcast PR campaign? This blog will look at three t...
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Rebirth of the podcast
30.11.15

By Catherine Bayfield

Believe it or not, podcasts first came about in the 1980’s when they were known as audio-blogging. But it wasn’t until 2004 – when playback devices like the I-pod were introduced, that ‘podcasts’ became popular.

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What broadcast PR spokespeople can learn from the Strictly Come Dancing audience!
11.11.15
by Keren Haynes, Shout! Co-Founder. I was lucky enough to be part of the Strictly Dancing audience last weekend – thank you to the producer who i...
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Things to consider when commissioning a broadcast PR video
08.09.15
Video is everywhere! Mobile technology means videos can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Consumers have so much choice, making them pickier about wha...
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Broadcast PR: BBC Radio 1’s strategy to target a specific audience is working….slowly
24.08.15
BBC Radio 1’s strategy to focus on its younger audience exclusively, seems to be showing results…finally. Latest industry figures show radio DJ...
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QUIZ: “Is your broadcast PR story newsworthy?”
17.08.15
In a recent blog we talked about what makes a good broadcast PR news story and the factors you need to make one. News is by definition something new o...
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How to get more broadcast PR airtime this Summer
03.08.15
Kids or no kids – it doesn’t matter on which side of the divide you stand, if you work in Public Relations then you should be interested in school...
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You’ve spent a lot of money on a celebrity spokesperson – how do you get your money’s worth?
30.04.15

You’ve managed to secure a brilliant celebrity spokesperson for your PR campaign, but what next? If you are struggling to think of how to get the best results here are a few of Shout!’s top tips.

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Broadcast PR- Nine Celebrities That UK Media Loves
25.02.15
Without doubt the UK media loves a bit of celebrity sparkle and having a big name tied to a broadcast PR campaign WILL result in more coverage. Whe...
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Celebrity spokespeople: why we love them and hate them
05.02.15

Shout!’s latest blog discussed the reason why celebrity spokespeople may or may not work for you.

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Broadcast PR Advice: How to make your health stories stand out in January
05.01.15

Shout!’s latest blog explains the best way to enhance your chances of gaining broadcast PR coverage when pitching  your January health stories.

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Broadcast PR advice: A guide to case studies
17.11.14

Broadcast PR advice from the Experts – Essential reading if you are planning on using case studies in your next campaign.

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Failsafe guide to getting broadcast PR coverage over Christmas!
29.10.14
Timing  Don’t start too early. We know that the shops have been full of Christmas goodies for weeks now but the general rule among most broadcaste...
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The biggest radio campaign mistakes (and how to avoid them)
13.10.14

Learn from the mistakes that the Shout! broadcast experts have seen to ensure your next radio campaign maximises coverage.

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The no fail guide to planning a radio day
06.10.14

Essential advice from broadcast experts – read to make sure your next radio day goes without a hitch

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Broadcast PR advice: Why PR’s shouldn’t dismiss community radio stations.
16.09.14

Expert broadcast PR advice on why getting coverage on community radio stations could boost your media relations campaign.

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Broadcast PR advice: How to double up your coverage on radio and TV
08.09.14

Our top tips on how to boost coverage for your media relations campaign.

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Media relations: how to newsjack broadcast news to your advantage
11.08.14

Need help to news hijack? Top tips from broadcast journalists

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How to make your online PR video stand out from the crowd
21.07.14

An online PR video is only successful if garners a ton of views. Find out how to create an engaging video that will be seen by as wide an audience is possible.

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Expert advice – top tips from ex-journalists on securing broadcast PR coverage
14.07.14

Need help securing broadcast PR coverage? Get tips and advice from ex-journalists.

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Three first time broadcast PR mistakes to avoid
07.07.14

Avoid these common broadcast PR mistakes to ensure you maintain the integrity and reputation of your brand.

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Tips for creating a survey to secure broadcast PR coverage
02.06.14

Surveys are a great way to get your PR story covered – but to get maximum broadcast PR coverage, ensure you’re asking the right questions.

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The icing on the media relations cake – the trick that will help you secure the best broadcast PR coverage
19.05.14

The best media relations tip for securing coverage for your next PR story? Give broadcast journos everything they might need on a plate.

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How to tell it’s time to hire a broadcast PR consultancy
12.05.14

Struggling to get a good ROI on your broadcast PR activities? It might be time to reach out to a qualified broadcast PR consultancy to get better results.

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Thinking like a journalist: Media relations tips to maximise broadcast PR coverage
07.05.14

Need help securing broadcast PR coverage? Our media relations tips will help you think like a journo and maximise exposure for your next story.

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The worst broadcast PR disasters (and how to avoid them)
28.04.14

Making a mistake on-air can be embarrassing – and costly – but there are simple tricks for avoiding some of the most notable broadcast PR disasters.

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Why every PR budget needs a broadcast PR investment
22.04.14

When allocating your PR budget, don’t forget the value you can gain from a broadcast PR investment.

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Integrated PR campaigns – how to successfully include broadcast PR
14.04.14

Any successful integrated PR campaign needs to include broadcast. Find out how to use each medium to relay a consistent message and get maximum brand exposure.

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Why you shouldn’t be scared of outsourcing your broadcast PR
07.04.14

Don’t be frightened of outsourcing your broadcast PR – an experienced PR agency can often offer a huge range of skills, resources and experience.

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Why less is more with PR coverage – but sometimes broad is best
24.03.14

Don’t waste away a PR budget with a ‘spray and pray’ approach. Ensure you get the best PR coverage by focusing on smaller, targeted audiences.

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