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MediaHQ's 2024 Toolbox: A Must-Have for In-House Teams and PR Agencies in Media Relations

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I started MediaHQ, with a simple mission to help professional PR and communications people to connect their stories with their audiences.

In the beginning we published a spiral bound print directory - hundreds of pages of journalists' contacts. Getting it ready for print was back breaking and quite unnatural. There is something odd about contacts being perfectly correct for the print deadline and out of date every other day of the year. After a year I realised a printed book was a particularly rubbish way to stay in touch with the fast pace of change in the media environment. That’s when MediaHQ was created as an online resource and press release distribution tool and everything became easier. What does success look like if you’re using MediaHQ? There are four key jobs: 

  1. Finding journalists, 
  2. Building and maintaining lists, 
  3. Sending releases, 
  4. and get amazing reports.

As the new year approaches we always try to find new and interesting ways to help our users to get even better results and more media coverage. 

For the last few months we’ve been working hard and in 2024 we will add four great new features. These include a new way to connect your media coverage and your lists, new podcast contacts, AI powered pitching and North America Contacts package . First up is MediaHQ Discover.

MediaHQ Discover - Revolutionising Contact Discovery:

Like all good innovations MediaHQ was borne out of frustration. In 2021 I created a simple concept called the story circle to explain how we all communicate. It's a simple flow that describes what happens a million times every day on in-house teams and in PR agencies. We build target audiences, we create stories, we share the stories, then we analyse what happened, we calibrate for success and we do it all over again. 

The Story Circle

I soon realised that MediahQ is very good at helping people find audiences, hone and share stories, but had no way of connecting any coverage or success into the MediaHQ software. I wondered how we could make it easier - less jobs, less grunt work and unnecessary tools and more time saved. 

MediaHQ Discover was born. It’s a Chrome browser extension that allows you to easily find the contact details of any journalist from any story online. Imagine you find an article that is covering your story and you don't know the journalist and would like to add them to a media list. You press the button on your Chrome Browser and it will find the contact in MediaHQ - a model will pop out and allow you to see the journalist’s profile, add them to a list or create a new list, see your contact history with them or even send them a message directly. Neat, tidy and tying the story together.

Benefits for You:

  • Say goodbye to the hours spent on external searches.
  • Enjoy smooth and efficient PR campaigns with instant access to contact details

MediaHQ Pitch - AI Chat GPT Power Pitch Email Feature:

Crafting the perfect pitch email can be a daunting task. We have designed the MediaHQ Pitch ChatGPT feature to generate compelling and personalised pitch emails that instantly capture a journalist's attention. We developed this tool to save you time and help your messages stand out and to help you to get more coverage. 

How it Works:

Our AI ChatGPT power feature simplifies the process of crafting persuasive pitch emails. By inputting your campaign details, you'll witness the AI in action, creating emails that journalists simply can't resist.

Benefits for You:

  • Engage journalists more effectively with personalised and attention-grabbing headlines and pitch emails.
  • Save valuable time and effort that can be redirected toward other critical PR tasks.

MediaHQ Pod - New Contacts Package:

It seems like it’s taken 15 years for podcasts to become an overnight sensation. In 2024 we are bolstering our podcast content with 2,000 new contacts from around the world, covering hundreds of topics. Now, connecting with podcasters has never been easier.

How it Works:

With MediaHQ Pod, you'll have convenient access to contacts in the vibrant world of podcasts. Whether you're promoting a new product, advocating for a social cause or launching a creative project, you can effortlessly connect with podcast hosts to share your story.

Benefits for You:

  • Expand your reach to a broader and more diverse audience through podcast outreach.
  • Gain convenient access to podcast contacts worldwide, ensuring you reach the right audience for your story.

North America: News Desks Package:

Cracking America - the great quest! To start the journey we decided to include North America News Desks for the first time in MediaHQ. We’ve had a major international expansion over the last four years - building databases in other countries and adding over 800 news desks all over Europe. Now - for the first time - you can share a press release from Cork to Chicago and to Copenhagen or from Dublin to Dusseldorf and on to Detroit. Our North American News Desks Package provides access to nearly 500 news desks across the United States and Canada. 

Benefits for You:

  • Seamlessly reach a vast North American audience.
  • Stay updated with the latest and most relevant contacts in the region, streamlining your PR outreach efforts.

Customer Support & Training Packages - Your Success, Our Priority:

Great software is only as good as the people that offer help and technical assistance. We're deeply committed to your success, and we're taking that commitment to the next level by offering dedicated packages for customer support. Our packages include top-tier support, one-on-one training and personalised guidance from our experts, ensuring you're fully equipped to maximise the potential of MediaHQ's remarkable features.

Benefits for You:

  • Guarantee your success by leveraging all of MediaHQ's features effectively.
  • Gain access to personalised guidance and support from our experts.

PR and communications are rapidly evolving, and MediaHQ is here to help you stay ahead of the curve. Your success is our primary focus, and I can't wait to see how these changes will transform your media relations in 2024.

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This is an exciting opportunity to elevate your PR game with MediaHQ and embrace the future of PR and media outreach.In a dynamic media landscape, it's essential to have the right tools at your disposal. Whether you're an experienced PR professional or someone new to the field, MediaHQ is dedicated to helping you achieve your PR goals with these new features.

About MediaHQ

Designed for PR and Communications teams, MediaHQ is the all-in-one media contacts database and press release distribution software with the mission to connect your story with your audience.

It was founded by entrepreneur Jack Murray in 2009. Our cutting-edge software is the best, fastest and most accurate way to find the right journalists, build media and pitch lists in seconds, send press releases and get results.

The comprehensive MediaHQ database lists the details of over 60,000 journalists and media outlets across Ireland and the UK and is full of time-saving features.


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