I was asked to moderate a panel at Blueprint’s 500 Startups Day event on how startups can engage the media to cover news about their startups – and there were some interesting discoveries made that I want to share here:
Build relationships BEFORE you want coverage
Raymond Yip of Shopline was on the panel and even though he has very newsworthy news about Shopline’s funding he still started relationships with the key media he wanted to target far before he started any press release writing. He also mentioned being available by email and phone 24/7 for any follow-up questions taking into account a reporters tight deadlines.
In the immortal words of TechInAsia journalist Paul Bischoff “F*ck LinkedIn!”
Twitter is the way to go when approaching journalists. I personally love Twitter – even in Hong Kong where usage is low – but the world uses this to engage strangers, if you’re a startup in Hong Kong and not on Twitter get on it now and tweet me (@casey_lau) and I will follow you back immediately – and then go follow the journalists on my panel and introduce yourself:
- Paul Bischoff (@pabischoff) from @TechInAsia
- Iris Leung ( from @e27co )
- James Griffiths (@jgriffiths) from @SCMP
- and if you’re reading this and not following @StartupsHK – then, you’re welcome!