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3 best practices for pitching a product review to journalists

As brands compete for earned media attention, knowing how to make your product stand out is key

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers look to product reviews as trustworthy third-party sources to inform their purchase decisions. It is in the best interest of brands to acquire as many positive mentions of their products as possible, but the competition is fierce for the limited vacancies available in publications for product reviews. There are three things that every communications professional should know before pitching a product review to journalists:

  1. Research the publication's editorial cycle. Unless that particular media outlet is focused solely on product reviews, do not pitch a product review if the reporter has recently covered one.
  2. Build a relationship with that reporter by consistently providing them with content they value. Once you reach out for a product review, it will likely get chosen over a competitor's because you've already established a positive rapport.
  3. Consider the benefit to the audience and cater to their interests. Giveaways are one of the best ways to get their attention.
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