Getting Press Coverage For Your Community

March 3, 2015Comments Off on Getting Press Coverage For Your Community

Members are more likely to join a community that increases their self-esteem.

This means they're most likely to join communities that gain frequent news coverage and have an influence in their field. Gaining publicity is a great way to create that impression. Publicity can also help you get attention of important people (key influencers, relevant companies, future media stories etc…)

To get publicity, you need 3 things:

1) Why? This involves a new angle on an existing topic. Journalists want the maximum amount of attention. You have to find something in your community that is incredibly interesting to people outside the community. Use the formula from Made To Stick, it should be something simple, unexpected, concrete, credible, emotional, and explained as a simple story. 

2) Why Now?. There has to be a clear 'why now?' in the story. What is the breaking research, case study, mainstream hook that makes this relevant to everybody right now? 

3) Why You? Then you have to explain why you, personally you, should be the one to write the piece. What are your qualifications, experience, or story of personal relevance here? 

Here's the pitch used to get this article published in The Guardian

I noticed the Guardian recently covered how some key members of the BDSM community are responding to the film, but I think there's a bigger story here. 
Fifty Shades of Grey is drawing a lot of attention to online BDSM communities. This is hurting these communities and many members are now removing their profiles from the largest sites (like 
Do you think The Guardian would be interested in a feature which explained how niche fields, like BDSM, react when a film is made about their topic? 
This would cover: 
  • What are the biggest BDSM communities and how they're reacting to 50 shades of grey. I have a good relationship with the founder of FetLife – the very biggest community.
  • Why niche communities dislike mainstream attention – many want the privacy & don't want a flood of new members.
  • The psychology/privacy needs required for an online community to succeed.
  • Examples from other niche fields which suddenly received the mainstream spotlight after a film is made about their topic. 
  • How long the growth spurt from mainstream attention lasts.
  • The future of small, niche, communities. 
I run FeverBee, an online community consultancy, that helps many of the world's largest organisations develop successful communities. I also teach organisations how to develop successful online communities. 
Let me know if you're interested, I'd really love to write something up for you. 
The goal above was to convey the message we're keen to convey (how psychology explains community behaviour) in a topical wrapper the audience wants to read (online communities and Fifty Shades of Grey). 
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