11 Most Important Tips for Pitching a Tech Launch to the Press

By December 16, 2014

What’s the most important thing to remember when pitching your tech release or launch to a journalist?

The following answers are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

1. Bring Big Potential

john ramptonJournalists like to know that you’re not just somebody that’s entering a market that doesn’t exist. They want to know that this is a large opportunity and a lot of people would be interested in your company. This is what drives page views and pays their bills. I like to point out large competitors that have raised a lot of money. It’s a way to show them that the market is out there.  – John RamptonHost


2. Focus on Unique Data or Current Market Trend

Sharam Fouladgar-MercerJust because you think your release or launch is newsworthy does not mean journalists agree. Be mindful of the topics/areas specific journalists cover and pitch them based on their areas of expertise and interest. Most importantly, dovetailing your launch with a current market or small business trend or providing exclusive data can also increase the likelihood of your story getting picked up.  – Sharam Fouladgar-MercerAirPR

3. Make Sure They Truly Care

Kenny NguyenIt seems easy to remember, but make sure the journalist you’re pitching has a special affinity in writing articles similar to your product/service/issue. They’ll be more receptive to your pitch if you can find a way to resonate with them on something they enjoy writing about or believe in.  – Kenny NguyenBig Fish Presentations


4. Understand the Audience

Phil ChenDepending on the news outlet the journalist represents, you should cater to their target audience when pitching your tech release or product launch. In some cases you may need to be more general in how it helps a certain demographic, in other cases you may want to be more detailed and technical.  – Phil ChenSystems Watch


5. Don’t Sell, Sell and Sell

Peter DaisymeMake your pitch short and sweet. Have ready several different ways to phrase your answers. But, most of all, listen to the journalist’s question and then answer it. Don’t keep selling. Directly answer the question he or she is asking, using their words as your guide in the answer.  – Peter DaisymeHostt



6. Start a Relationship

Beck_BambergerWould you launch into a seven paragraph monologue with a hyper tone with someone you just met? No. So don’t send a journalist an email with six paragraphs about your revolutionary “next Facebook” app or whatever to a writer who doesn’t know you from the 218 other people who just emailed that day as well. Be brief, be friendly, and look to START a relationship. This is how to pitch.  – Beck BambergerBAM Communications

7. Get Your Story Straight

Simon CasutoIt’s important that you have a defined backstory. Knowing just how you want to portray your journey will make it easier for you to talk, and for the journalist to adapt what you’re saying into compelling writing.  – Simon CasutoeLearning Mind


8. Focus on What They Are Looking For

Sam SaxtonThe things executives are proud of and the things most people find interesting don’t always overlap. Put yourself in the shoes of readers and think about what’s going to excite them, not your board members.  – Sam SaxtonSalter Spiral Stair and Mylen Stairs



9. Focus On the ‘How’

Tolga TanrisevenYou always want to focus on what you’re allowing people to do, not necessarily how they are able to do it. Keep the technical jargon to a minimum and show people how you’re solving a problem.  – Tolga TanrisevenGirlsAskGuys


10. Make It Easy

Kris RubyIn the new world of media relations, you are essentially selling content. If the content is weak, a digital editor risks losing viewers. Remember, digital editors are only going to push forward interesting content that will increase viewership. Make it easy for the journalist to run your story and you will increase the likelihood of being featured.  – Kris RubyRuby Media Group

11. Be Clear and Brief
Steven Le VineIt’s impossible to describe everything about a technology in a few sentences or seconds, but it is possible to briefly articulate in common language the problem it solves, why it matters and how it’s unique. Imagine a life where everyone is constantly bombarding you with pitches; that’s the life of a journalist. Our job is to make that life a little easier with brevity, clarity and relevance.  – Steven BerlinUskape

The Young Entrepreneur Council

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.