Which are the most popular channels for journalists today
For Marketers and PR Professionals, it's important to reach the right media influencers using the right media. Given the huge choice of communication channels available to us across social media, it's useful to know the preferences for channels amongst media professionals.
Cision's Social PR Study, using data from the Social Journalism Study 2015 reveals some interesting insight. So should you contact Journalists via phone, email or social media and are your current methods currently effective for contacting the right PR Professionals?
The survey reveals that '49% of PR Professionals prefer the phone, compared to 23% of Journalists'
How should you contact Journalists?
PR Professionals are reaching out to Journalists via email and phone, and social media is the third choice for pitching stories (amongst almost half of respondents).
So how do Journalists wish to be contacted? More contact via email, phone, social media and 8% would prefer more postal information.
So, how positive are PR Professionals (PR) about their relationships with Media Professionals (Journalists)?
59% are happy with their relationship with Journalists and 48% still feel that contacting Journalists is still important for pitching their stories.
Though the survey has indicated that they felt social media has changed their relationship with Journalists. As a result, Media Professionals are now less reliant on them and the report mentions that 'Journalists will use different digital platforms to source stories from social media thus bypassing PR professionals' so perhaps the PR Professionals need to take a step back and review their approach as it may change more in the future.
To read the full report, download Cision's Social PR Study 2015 (registration is required)