Catch them Pokemon ads
Here are two Tweets, minutes apart, from this afternoon – both trying to promote a business. Guess which one set off my journalist radar?
— IoMPostOffice (@IOMPOSTOFFICE) July 26, 2016
Sale Ends soon
Visit the main store and sofa express
For fantastic deals on clearance items
— B&B Furniture (@BandBFurniture) July 26, 2016
There’s an old saying “it’s news if it’s in the news” – and like it or loathe it, Pokemon Go is well and truly in the news.
So where are all the Pokemon news stories from Island businesses?
There’s been a mention of what it is on Manx Radio, and Sure was quick to get an interview about mobile data charges. 3FM had a bit with the police about someone who was caught playing and driving.
But apart from that, nothing.
Guys, you’re missing out. Three minutes of advertising will cost you well over £300. You could have that for free by piggybacking news stories – and Pokemon Go is made for that.
Try ringing a newsdesk and telling them you’ve seen business boom since you started laying lures for players. If you’re a Pokestop, tell the media. They will run the story.
We’re coming into silly season, when news dries up – schools, local authorities and parliament close and even criminals go on holiday to spend their ill-gotten gains. Reporters get desperate for news, and the first person to get to a journalist will be the person they interview about it. Why not make sure it’s you?
If you’d like training to spot media opportunities for your business – as well as who to approach and how to go about it – why not sign up for our small business media training course? Everybody taking part gets a free weekly email with suggestions for news stories that involve your company!