One of the best things about starting the new year is planning ahead. For public relations professionals, that means figuring out the best way for clients to be included in news stories. Besides timely hooks, one of the easiest predictors of what the media will cover is to research upcoming historic anniversaries.
Case in point: Just look at the recent front-page article of USA Today marking the 20th anniversary of the drama that headlined women’s figure skating when Tonya Harding was part of the plot to injure Nancy Kerrigan during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Sports psychologists, ice skating coaches and Olympic and pop culture experts could have had a field day being quoted in this story.
You might say that your business can’t possibly find any parallels, but I assure you any expert or industry can tie in to something. For example, one of our firm’s financial clients wrote about the need for long-term planning and used the 80th anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash as a way to demonstrate his point.
So mark your calendars and plan the pitch well in advance. You’re bound to find media opportunities with a calendar resource and a little creativity.
Doreen Overstreet is VP of the PR department. She enjoys fishing for stories with some good calendar hooks.