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Public Relations with Featureworld…
Are you a small business or entrepreneur struggling to get the recognition you deserve? Do you need to gain publicity for a new product or idea – but you can’t afford to employ an expensive PR and marketing company?
I operate a free service for small business owners with a story to sell to a newspaper, television or women’s magazine.
Read these recent cases of small business owners who sold a story through Featureworld and at the same time gained valuable publicity…
Dragon’s Den Contestant TRACEY CANNON needed positive press
Product to Publicise: Lookalike dolls business
Publicity gained: Mail on Sunday newspaper, MailOnline, Reveal magazine
After a disastrous appearance on BBC’s Dragon’s Den – when all five investors said to Tracey “I’m Out” – she needed a boost.
SCOPE Charity came to Featureworld to gain publicity for a campaign.
Product to Publicise: Campaign to encourage people to donate unwanted clothes to charity.
Publicity gained: Sunday People newspaper, Mirror website
Scope charity for the disabled wanted to ensure publicity when they organised a campaign – Scope’s Great Donate campaign.
They had organised a spoof on the famous Levi’s Laundrette Advert where a hunky guy strips off to his undies. The original ad featured model Nick Kamen and this ad featured model Jack Eyers, who has a false leg.
It was the second time Featureworld has worked with Scope to help gain them national publicity. And I continue to give them free advice as and when they need it.
MICHELLE INCH of Equidivine horse accessories
Product to Publicise: Equividine, horse accessory website
Publicity gained: Sunday Mirror, ITV This Morning, Woman’s Own, Real People magazines
Michelle Inch already ran a successful dog grooming business but came to Featureworld to gain publicity for her new venture, Equidivine horse accessories.
Equidivine sells coloured brightly coloured organic and non-toxic dyes, jewellery and horse conditioning products.
Selling a real life story about how she had rescued her horse Roseleigh from the meat man proved the perfect way for Michelle to gain national coverage. While nursing Roseleigh back to health, Michelle had developed a range of beauty products for horses.
Her story – along with a plug for Equidivine – appeared in the Sunday Mirror newspaper, she then appeared on ITV This Morning and her story has now been placed with Woman’s Own and Real People magazines.
BEVERLEY DAVIES of Transform Yourself hypnotherapy
Product to publicise: Hypnotherapy and associated DVD to help people lose weight.
Publicity gained: Sunday People and Daily Mail newspapers. Take a Break magazine.
Bev Davies, a qualified hypnotherapist for over 20 years, wanted to raise the profile of her company Transform Yourself.
She had successfully used hypnotherapy to help her own daughter Danielle, lose weight. Their real-life success story was the perfect way to gain publicity, both for the ‘virtual gastric band’ technique and for professional hypnotherapist mum Bev. It also gave Bev some super ‘In the Press’ cuttings for her website, adding further credibility to both and her business.
NATALIE BALMOND of Pure Potions Ltd.
Product to publicise: eczema cream, Skin Salvation
Publicity gained: Daily Mail, ITV’s Daybreak with Dr Hillary Jones, two major women’s magazines.
When Natalie Balmond’s toddler daughter broke out in painful eczema, and nothing seemed to help, she decided to cook up her own cure. The result was Skin Salvation cream and eventually her cream was so successful it took off as a business. But although over the years Natalie did manage to gain various articles in magazines and newspapers, and her cream attracted rave reviews, she had yet to hit the big time. However, within a week of approaching me at Featureworld, I had placed her story with the Daily Mail and her feet haven’t touched the ground since.
Natalie says: ‘I had tried PR companies in the past and had small amounts of success but nothing really translated into big orders. However, the success was overnight with Alison – and following the Daily Mail article, we had turned over almost half our usual yearly amount in just four days!’
See the publicity gained in the Daily Mail newspaper here >
DR BRYAN BEATTIE of Innermost Secrets clinic
Product to publicise: Fetal Fibronectin to screen for signs of premature labour.
Publicity gained: Daily Mirror, ITV’s Daybreak, Daily Mail, ITV Wales, major women’s magazine.
Dr Bryan Beattie is a consultant in Fetal Medicine. He is pioneering a test to help predict when a woman might go into premature labour. If the test is positive, drugs can be given to prevent the labour starting or steroids given to help prepare a tiny baby’s lungs so he or she has a better chance of survival. Dr Beattie wanted to raise awareness of the test, which he is campaigning to be available on the NHS.
Read the story about how Dr Beattie’s helped one couple have their longed-for baby girl here >
MARY CORRIGAN of What’s Up with my Hair
Product to publicise: Diet to help solve alopecia and hair loss
Publicity gained: Daily Mail, major women’s magazine.
When Mary Corrigan experienced hairloss herself, she was desperate to find a natural cure. So after much painstaking research she devised a hair diet, which included old-fashioned foods such as venison and cockles. On the back of her success, Mary has now written a book, full of recipes and her paperback, What’s Up with My Hair, is now available from Amazon.
Mary said: ‘I knew my story had been printed because I suddenly had a flood of enquiries to my website. I am absolutely thrilled with the publicity Alison gained for me.’
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To see if your product or small business idea is suitable for free publicity at Featureworld, contact me here with some details >