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Audio: PR and media relations advice for entrepreneurs, from Kel Kelly and Scott Kirsner

Posted by Scott Kirsner  April 26, 2012 08:18 AM

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On Tuesday, I was in Kendall Square with a group of about 35 entrepreneurs at an event organized by Matrix Partners. The focus of the free event was on how entrepreneurs can work effectively with bloggers and traditional media to generate coverage of their companies. Joining me was Kel Kelly, who runs the Boston PR and social media firm Kel & Partners. Her firm has worked with clients like Zappos, Staples, Rue La La, and Reebok. Audio from the session is below.

Among the things we discussed:

- Why companies get left out of big "round up" or trend stories that include five or six different companies.

- Trade-offs between handling PR yourself, and hiring an agency

- Coming up with a comprehensible "cocktail party" explanation of what your company does, and the problem you're trying to solve

- Being helpful to journalists even when you're not pitching a story on your company

- How and whether to offer an exclusive

- Getting covered by influential bloggers and Tweeters

- PR Newswire, Business Wire, and social media releases

The audio runs for just over an hour. Click "mp3" to download it for later listening.

I'll be doing a similar discussion at Ramen Camp on May 12th, during lunch. Admission to that day-long event is, unfortunately, not free. It costs $15, but it includes lunch, a t-shirt, and the first beer free at the after-party.

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