Monthly Archives: March 2011

Top April Fool’s Day Office Pranks

April Fool's Day pranks were high on our list of topics of conversation yesterday. Here are our thoughts on the top ten office pranks to play on colleagues and your boss, this April Fool's Day: Put signs on all the exit doors saying "Please use other door". Poke holes in the paper / plastic cups…
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Did you beat the queues and get your iPad 2

I thought I'd check out the queues for iPad 2 in Birmingham's Bullring and Solihull's Touchwood shopping centres and I wasn't overly shocked. I reckon at 1pm, so 4 hours before it went on sale on Friday 25 March, there were 200 people in Brum and 80 in Solihull waiting to get their mitts onto…
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The ideal pitch to the press – part 6: positioning

So, following our last five tips, you now have the perfect pitch…or do you? Here, tip 6 offers you more detail on positioning your pitch and giving it context: POSITIONING: summarise your entire pitch in the first sentence and be sure to give it context. Basically, this means explaining to the journalist why you have…
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The ideal pitch to the press – part 5: everyday news

Draft your pitch in an informal manner, be aware of deadlines, email, call to discuss it then follow that with a summary of your conversation while ensuring the journalist will want to open and read your pitch in the first place by giving it a short, to the point subject line that explains your pitch…
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The ideal pitch to the press – part 4: subject lines

So you now know to draft a pitch in an informal way, being careful when you send it and how but what’s the next step in ensuring your pitch is one a journalist will want to open and read in the first place? 4. HEAD ON: Your subject line should be short and to the…
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The ideal pitch to the press – part 3: contact

Last week’s posts on how to write the ideal pitch explained how important writing your pitch in an informal and conversational way is in attracting a journalist’s attention and when the best time to pitch is. This week, we discuss how to pitch to the journalist: 3. TWO EMAILS AND A CALL: Email a pitch…
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The ideal pitch to the press – part 2: timing

Last week we posted our first top tip on what to consider when targeting the media with a pitch. In addition to ensuring that your pitch is written in an informal, conversational tone, our second most important tip is all about timing awareness: 2. OBTRUSIVE TIMING: know before pitching when media deadlines are, as journalists…
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