How to prepare for Meet the Media

Some tips and advice for media and bloggers on how to prepare for Meet the Media

Taking place on Monday 17th February 2020, Meet the Media is one-day one-day networking event for the travel trade and Irish media.

 

This unique event will connect media from all over Ireland with 35 worldwide travel suppliers including airlines, hoteliers, tourist boards and t our operators.

If you are a member of the media and are registered for the event – well done!

We want to make sure you put your best foot forward on the day, so with that in mind, here are a few tips on how to prepare for Meet the Media.

Login!

Yes, it seems obvious but please make sure you have logged into the online appointment system  – don’t leave it until the last minute! 2019 saw over 550 appointments made between media and trade.

If you can’t find your login details, or are having issues logging in, then email niamh@travelmedia.ie ASAP.

Check your meeting requests

When you login to your profile, check your meeting requests. Accept the ones you want, decline the ones you don’t.

Send meeting requests

Didn’t get a meeting request from the supplier you wanted? You can also send meeting requests. Reach out to them by sending them a message and request. You won’t know until you try!

Sign up for the US Embassy Media Briefing sponsored by Brand USA

As member of the travel media you need a visa when working in the US or when attending a press trip. But which visa is the right one for you? An i-VISA or a B1 or another? Come along to our information briefing with the Embassy of the United States in Ireland. Both the Embassy’s Visa Chief and Consular Chief will give the briefing and answer any questions that you may have about your upcoming US travels.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/us-media-briefing-at-meet-the-media-2020

Social Interest

Have you got all your meetings arranged? Great! Now get onto every social media platform out there and follow the companies that you will be meeting with.

Do Your Research

Again, once those precious meetings are confirmed, it’s time to get researching. Make sure you know who you’re meeting with!

Connect on LinkedIn, follow social media accounts, look at the company website, sign up to their newsletter, read their most recent blogs and find out their most recent news.

This will serve your well on the day and will show that you are organised and professional

Be Headshot Ready

Our professional photographer will be on hand all day and ready to take a new headshot for you! We will send your your new headshot image to you after the event…the best part, we are proving this service for FREE for all media on the day.

Head to the bar behind the function room where our photographers mobile studio will be set up!

Don’t be late

Just don’t. It won’t look good.

We are also running on strict 10 minute appointments so if you miss your appointment, you’ve missed your chance!

Venue: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2

Timings:

  • 10:30am: US Embassy Media Briefing registration (register here)
  • 10:45am – 11:30am: US Embassy Media Briefing sponsored by Brand USA
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: Registration & tea / coffee
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm: 10 minute appointments
  • 2:00pm – 2:30pm: Break for lunch
  • 2:30pm – 3:55pm: 10 minute appointments
  • 3:55pm – 4:10pm: Coffee break
  • 4:15pm – 5:55pm: 10 minute appointments
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm: Informal networking at venue
  • 7:00pm: Food, drinks & informal networking at Sheehan’s Pub

Sell yourself

This is your time to sell yourself. Do so by making sure you have the following:

  • Business cards
  • A media pack. This should have all of your relevant stats i.e. readership, circulation, site visits, listenership, viewers, social media numbers etc.
  • Prepare an intro in advance so you’re not stuck for words!
  • Want to go on a press trip or work with a supplier somehow? Have a proposal ready for them.

Clear your schedule that evening

Following the formal networking and appointments, there will be informal networking, food and drinks from 7pm in Sheehans Pub on Chatham Street. The best networking is ALWAYS done at the bar, so make sure you stick around.

Got questions about Meet the Media? Email niamh@travelmedia.ie