Who is your local media?

As a physical therapist getting started on a consistent, consumer-based media relations effort in your community (this should be part of any content marketing strategy), answering this question is critical.

And, your answers form the beginning of your clinic’s media list.

A media list is an official catalog of all your likely media contacts – writers, editors, journalists, producers, bloggers, and others who serve as gatekeepers of your local press.

Creating a media list takes time and some persistent research, but for media relations efforts to be effective, this is well worth these efforts. But where do you find contacts?

Check the Media Source: Print publications often include direct contact info for all their writers, and even some editors, right on their pages. Take full advantage of this available information.

Look Online: Media sites often feature staff or newsroom pages. Find and bookmark them.

Call: Not all media sources are upfront with contact info. But a simple phone call to its main line will nearly always net you the info you need.

Stay Current: When your list is done … well, it’s not really done. Media lists are constantly changing, so stay vigilant of this by remaining an active media consumer.

As you can tell, being a regular media consumer will help throughout this process. In fact, this is the first step in making your local press a strong referral source for your clinic.

And finally, keep in mind that throughout this process, you’re creating a list of people, not just a general list of news organizations. So it’s OK – even encouraged – to have multiple contacts from the same place.

They call it media relations for a reason.

Questions on how to utilize a local media list? Ask us in the comments below or contact us, we respond quickly.

This post was originally posted on PPS Impact Magazine.