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Attaining editorial placement in a major fashion magazine is discussed in this article. Five tips are laid out to help advertisers have a better chance at getting the editorial placement they desire. Polina Raygorodskaya’s tips include planning pitches, face-to-face meetings, product placement, circulation, and time versus money. Editorial calendars are a huge part of the magazine world. They allow advertisers to be aware of when a magazine will be writing about certain stories or doing a specific themed issue. This provides advertisers with a basis in which to better plan their pitches, which ultimately makes editors happy. Networking plays a huge role in public relations. Raygorodskaya touches on this factor in saying that face-to-face meetings are important when trying to attain an editorial spot in a top fashion magazine. By attending the same events as editors, advertisers have a better chance at meeting and conversing with these editors, which makes the advertiser more familiar to the editor.
Another tip for advertisers is for them to get their product out into the public eye. Through use of product placement, editors are more likely to know an advertisers product before a pitch is even presented. Product placement in certain shows or events gives advertisers a benefit when pitching to an editor. Raygorodskaya also points out the importance of circulation in regards to where advertisers try to attain editorial placement. Advertisers should not expect to be in every fashion magazine there is out there, but they should certainly pitch to numerous magazines in which their advertisements will reach the targeted audience.
Lastly, time versus money is always important in public relations. Advertisers trying to attain editorial placement in a top fashion magazine most often have to spend a good amount of time to work on getting that placement. However, if the spot is achieved, the money will make up for the time. I believe that all five of these tips are important and crucial when it comes to trying to get an editorial spot in a top fashion magazine. Networking is most definitely a huge key step for any public relations practitioner, and is a tool that I, as a public relations student, have already put a good amount of time into. Knowing the editorial calendar also seems to be very important. According to Guth and Marsh, “Through formal and informal research methods, practitioners gather data on the client, the environment in which it operates, and its stakeholders” (pg. 3). This quote by Guth and Marsh defines the first, simple step in any public relations process. Research of that calendar is most certainly a huge priority for anyone seeking a pitch with an editor. Broadening the circulation of top fashion magazines is also very important. Networking can come into play here and provide advertisers or public relations practitioners with more options as to where they can obtain editorial placement. And as always, investing a lot of time in reaching a goal will most often yield favorable results for the advertiser or practitioner, usually in the form of money.
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SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA — Clothes swapping has become an increasingly popular way for women in the United States to give away undesired items from their wardrobes and get something fresh in return.
Enthusiasts in the Washington area and beyond have attracted hundreds of new participants to their events in recent months, using social media to spread the word.
Swappers say the events are an opportunity to stay fashionable on a budget, and to be charitable and environmentally friendly at the same time.
One of the area's most popular clothing swap groups drew a record crowd to its latest gathering at a high school in Springfield, Virginia on April 20.
Bartering for bargains
About 300 women came to the cafeteria of the West Springfield High School to lay out gently used shirts, dresses and other items they no longer wanted. In return, they could take home almost anything they like.
Student volunteer Ashley Moore loved the concept. "I brought five shirts and got two nice pairs of boots," she said. "They were like new, not even used!"
A resident of the nearby Virginia suburb of Alexandria, Daphne Steinberg, said she was attracted by the prospect of finding something special. One of her finds included a shirt by American brand LOFT, originally known as Ann Taylor LOFT.
"Ann Taylor is a really nice women's designer and I will totally wear this to work," Steinberg explained. "I love that I can outfit myself for work, have a good time doing it, not totally bankrupt myself."
Among the vendors offering special deals to the clothing swappers was Waldorf, Maryland-based energy healer Sandy Van Dusen. She liked the idea that clothes were finding new homes rather than getting thrown away and ending up in a landfill.
"It helps to keep the Earth green," she said. "There is no point, in my opinion, in continuing to buy new clothes when we can reuse what is already here, give it a new home, let somebody else love what you used to love."
Organizer Kim Pratt's Frugal Fashionista group raised about $700 at the event, by charging a $5 entry fee for the swappers, a $25 table fee for the vendors, and selling raffle tickets for various prizes.
The group used half of the money to cover operating costs and donated the other half to the school's debate team.
The Frugal Fashionistas support several charitable causes through their events. They deliver all 'unswapped' clothes to shelters for victims of domestic violence and raise money for anti-sexual violence organization Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
Pratt said her inspiration is Suzanne Agasi, who began hosting private swaps in San Francisco in 1996. After several years, Agasi's gatherings outgrew her home and she developed them into a business through her website ClothingSwap.com.
"I learned about it from her online," Pratt said. "I started doing this myself four years ago, and we have been doing it for four years, getting bigger and bigger each time we have a swap."
Using the social media site meetup.com to promote the events has helped the Frugal Fashionistas to grow from 30 members to 1,300.
Most of them respect clothing swap etiquette. But Pratt said competition for desirable fashion can get heated.
"We have to tell people sometimes not to hover over the new people coming in with their clothing as they put it down. Some people tend to grab the stuff right out of their hands and it becomes like a free-for-all. We try to avoid that as much as possible."
Co-organizer Dianna Moy said the group plans to draw even more women to future swaps, but needs many volunteers to donate time, effort and money for that to happen.
"We found there is a big demand here in the DC area and very few that want to address it," said Moy. "We are very happy to help satisfy part of that necessity."
Enthusiasts also have been emphasizing the social aspect of their events to broaden the appeal.
Local group Dewdrop is promoting a May clothing swap in downtown Washington by offering cocktails, style tips from experts and a fashion show to women who pay the $20 advance ticket fee.
At the Springfield event, a mini-dance party erupted in a part of the cafeteria as a female DJ played popular tunes like "Gangnam Style."
"We are all here because we like fashion," said swap attendee Steinberg. "Some of it might be like 10-year ago fashion, but we have a good time."
To go along with the five tips for scoring an editorial spot in a major fashion magazine, I have found this useful article, also by Polina Raygorodskaya, that contains seven general tips for public relations professionals in the fashion industry. The first tip discusses avoiding mass pitching and the importance of not wasting a reporter or editor’s time. I feel this is important because you do not want to have editors on your bad side as a PR professional in the fashion industry, especially when it comes to business-to-business relations. As stated by Guth and Marsh, “Business-to-business relations in the mangement of relationships with businesses that have resources that your business needs to achieve its goals” (pg. 191). Also, you would not want people to waste your time, so respect other people’s time as well.
Raygorodskaya’s second tip is to not send untargeted pitches. I think this one goes along with the first tip about not wasting editor’s time. It’s important to do research and know what target audiences a certain fashion magazine aims towards, that way your pitch will make sense for the magazine you are pitching to and their targeted audience. A few of the other tips include responding quickly, not fibbing, and not overwriting. These all make sense and seem very important to remember as a PR professional in the fashion industry. Responding quickly is a must in almost any profession. It allows for good communication in a company or between clients, which is often the case in fashion PR. Not fibbing is another tip that is important in most professions. If you don’t know something, simply do your research. In the fashion industry, reporters and editors do research on the subject matter they’re working on, so any PR person in the industry should do their research, too.
Raygorodskaya also talks about avoiding overwriting when it comes to pitches and press releases in the fashion industry. I think this is crucial in the fact that sometimes “less is more.” It’s imperative to only send out pitches or press releases that contain important content and that are the appropriate length. The last two tips the author discusses are to not be dull and to not be negative. Both of these seem very important, in my opinion, especially in the fashion industry. Fashion is all about creativity and new ideas and is important in the evolution of the fashion world. Avoiding negativity is also crucial because it is important to maintain good relationships and it helps to keep one’s own reputation positive. All in all, Raygorodskaya’s seven tips for fashion PR prove useful and important to bear in mind for any PR professional.
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This is an evening seminar with an esteemed panel of writers who will discuss the craft of fashion writing and the nuts and bolts of getting your work published.
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