Clients and potential clients often approach us with an interest in briefings or desk-side chats, but with newsrooms continuing to shrink, a spare 30 minutes for journalists is not easy to come by. For this reason, byline article and contributed content opportunities are abundant and increasing – not to mention an effective public relations tool. Not only do they provide the chance to control the content but it is also a great vehicle to help elevate a company’s/individual’s thought leadership and reputation. But how does it all work? Here are a few of our tried and true keys to good byline articles.
1) Identify publications that accept bylines – not all do.
2) Prepare an abstract first so editors can review and buy-in before you draft the full piece
3) Don’t be self-serving. Make the topic broader than your product – talk about market challenges, needs and impacts.
4) Offer actionable best practices, insights, case studies or tips that position
5) A byline article is typically 600-1200 words so don’t treat it like a technical white paper.
6) Leverage the placement – post it on your website, Facebook and Twitter, and send it to clients/partners or feature it in the next newsletter. And, hey, send it to your Mom so she can see your name in print.
Here are examples of a few clients’ recent byline contributions:
- Visibility Magazine, “Pay Per Call Helps Deliver a More Complete Picture of Online Advertising Performance,” By Bill Dinan, president of Telmetrics
- Retail Customer Experience, “Why Mystery Shopping isn’t Enough,” By Dr. Pawan Singh, CEO of PeriscopeIQ
- MediaPost Online Media Daily, “Why Local Listings Are The No. 1 Priority for Location-Based Social Networks,” By Brian Wool, vp of content distribution for Localeze
- Bank Systems & Technology, “Is Banking Ripe for Outsourcing?” By Steve Martin, partner of Pace Harmon