What questions about creating press releases, getting media attention, what a PR firm can do for your startup do you have?
Rude question, but a fair one:
PR firms have a solid reputation for taking money and not being accountable for results. Pushing a release over the wire is not results. Even getting an article published isn't necessarily results.
Results means something of tangible value -- non-crap leads is a good start. (Revenue is better but most companies can't measure it that well.)
What will they do to hold themselves accountable so they prove their ROI?
If the question cannot be answered directly and sensibly, then I would argue they have no place taking money for little startups.
$1000 per month is hardly what I would call "startup pricing"...
I also don't see how they are relevant or what they could possibly do for me/my company. How would a PR company have the contacts that are relevant and ones that get results (sales)?
I see firms like this akin to the big newspaper media companies who are struggling to retain clients and stay alive. I think I have a better idea whom to contact in my field/niche than a company like this would. They may have some useful guidance on the nature of PR, but I can think of plenty of things I would rather do with $999 or $1999 per month.
So I guess my questions are: