Within the last few weeks, NWMAF member and Certified Self-Defense Instructor Joanne Factor was in the local Seattle media. Two were TV news segments (although in the second late-night segment we were not identified), and two were local radio broadcasts. You can see (or listen to) the recordings at Strategic Living’s press page.
As self-defense instructors, I hope you all have similar press pages on your website. You do, right?
Two tips for the press page: make sure you have the media available from your own website (on your host server), as sometimes smaller media outlets over time drop older reports. Also, if the story is still on the news media’s website, include that link — this aids credibility, and the source likes the linkback.
And one other important step. Check your website’s analytics for the day of and the day after your media exposure. (You do have analytics, right? Google Analytics is fine, and free.) That way you can assess if this media exposure had any effect. For example, I did not notice ANY increase in visits to my site from either the TV news segments or from the AM radio interview. But I did notice a bump after the FM radio interview, as well as several emails and phone calls asking about self-defense presentations and classes. This information will help me decide if I wish to participate in a Health and Wellness Fair put on by one of these media companies (for which I would have to pay, at minimum, $300 for a bare-bones table with no promotion).