Spreading the PR Wealth: Be Alert to Media’s Need and Be Willing to Share the Spotlight

The laurels keep coming for J.C. Restoration, which last week learned that it had received the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In the last year, the Rolling Meadows-based company and its president, Warner Cruz, have won at least four significant industry, regional and even national awards, including Cruz’s selection as Second Runner-Up for the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Person of the Year.

This time around, as much as it would be tempting to focus solely on J.C. Restoration’s return to the spotlight, I counseled the company to touch on the fact that it’s one part of a larger story: there were 75 Blue Ribbon recipients nationally, including five others from Illinois (four in and around Chicago).

The news release, posted here at Triblocal.com, takes that “team player” approach.

Instead of trying to hog all the attention, this tack seeks to serve not only my client’s desire to raise awareness of its success, but also the media’s need for a stronger story.

In the short term, does adopting this spread-the-wealth mentality result in reduced media prominence? It’s possible, though there has been strong media response thus far.

And regardless of any immediate impact, or lack thereof, this bigger-picture sensibility pays off over the long haul via increased media trust and respect for future story pitches that you make.


J.C. Restoration and the other Blue Ribbon winners, by the way, are all in the running for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award and the Community Excellence Award. The latter honor flows from online voting through Friday, March 11.

You can check that out here.

Finding the Media’s Need and Filling It: Tips on Shining a PR Light Amid the Storms


A J.C. Restoration Large Loss Catastrophe Bus

“Give the media what they need, and you will get what you want.”

I’ve uttered that so many times to my clients that it’s become a mantra.

What the media need: legitimate news.

What clients want: to get their name “out there” in the various media outlets.

So as storms have swept through the Midwest, including northern Illinois, do you work for, or represent, a company that has some logical tie-in to the meteorological repercussions that have flowed?

It’s time to consider what your company does that might help the media tell the stories that will follow in the severe weather’s wake.

For Inside Edge PR, anyway, it was time to share a message about the expertise of J.C. Restoration, a Rolling Meadows-based disaster restoration firm.

A vital piece of such a communication is to be clear on precisely how you can help the media tell stories that are relevant and helpful to their audiences.

This J.C. Restoration buggie reveals the core of the firm’s expertise.

It isn’t enough to simply say that ABC Firm is “available to comment.”

With J.C. Restoration, then, I told producers, editors and reporters, “Among other facets related to the storms, J.C. Restoration has experts who can provide:

-guidance on how and when homeowners and businesses should file an insurance claim

-advice to business owners and homeowners on steps they can take to minimize further damage to their properties

-insight into the industry as a whole: What does a restoration contractor do? What certifications are involved? Where can consumers go to learn more and ensure they are dealing with a reputable business?

-work-related photos that augment your media coverage

-historical perspective on the storm, compared to previous storms’ impact

-on-site interviews (either at our job sites or at our state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot building just off I-90 in Rolling Meadows)

-demonstrations on restoration equipment and procedures”
In short, you want to give at least a partial blueprint of how the media should think about coverage. Certainly, you will be restating some angles that have already been developed. But in some instances, it’s a safe bet that you will be shining a light on an approach they would not have otherwise pursued.

In the end, it would all be in a (very stormy) day’s work of giving the media what they need.

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Partnering With J.C. Restoration & EnergyMen

It’s been exceedingly hectic at Inside Edge PR the last month, so today’s ditty will consist of a brief mention of two firms that have recently retained Inside Edge PR.

(Come to think of it, their addition has been a significant reason for the rapid pace of work.)

One is Rolling Meadows-based J.C. Restoration and the other is EnergyMen, with Chicago headquarters and clientele throughout the region.

More details of each firm in the time to come.

Meantime, check out this Warner Cruz profile, about J.C. Restoration’s president being named Small Business Person of the Year for Illinois, and 2nd Runner-Up nationally.