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Proofread your release, read it out loud, and if possible, have more than one person read it before sending it out. While you don’t want everyone to get a chance to tweak every release, you want to make very sure there are no embarrassing typos or information on there. 
Recently, Globe Newswire has upped its game by getting more heavily involved in reaching social media influencers and providing more in-depth analytics related to social media. If you’re releasing company information across the Internet, you want to know how it’s performing and who’s writing about it, and that’s the goal of Globe Newswire’s advanced analytics offerings.
Although your distribution channel is important, the quality of your release is even more so.  Each of the aforementioned resources, include helpful tips on writing eye-catching press releases.  Try out a few of the sites to find the best fit for you and make sure you utilize your social media channels to get the optimal amount of exposure to your press releases for your business.
Five of the sites focused on content we couldn’t provide with our test releases (e.g. IT Backbones, IT Director, IT Analysis, BetaNews). Note this isn’t to say that they aren’t good press release distribution sites – in fact on the contrary, a clear editorial direction seems to be an indicator of a higher quality site
WARNING: What I’m about to show you can be a very effective marketing tactic.  But in the wrong hands or done without taste can easily be spammy and crummy.  So, please use this knowledge for good and apply some of my Kindlepreneur principles as you step through this.
Thousands of news and releases go live daily. Not every author is aware that the bulk of these PR distributions end up undiscovered by desired reporters. Forbes magazine makes a startling statement. They state that the majority of businesses that publish a press release “wait for the inevitable flood of phone calls, emails and congratulations that never come. Even when they use a service like PR Newswire or Business Wire, many releases end up on page 67 of an independent TV station website in Reno, Nevada that few will ever read.”
Of all the press release distribution services covered here, perhaps the one that is most unlike all the others is HARO (Help a Reporter Out). The service launched as a way to connect journalists with relevant sources. The basic idea here is that journalists are often working under tight deadlines, and may be having a hard time finding a key source or expert who can comment on the story. Using HARO, this journalist would gain access to some of the top sources out there.
This may come as surprise to small business owners, as a number of press release distribution services advertise that their press releases are “SEO optimized” or “SEO friendly”. What they mean is that the press release is coded in a way where if a person types in certain keywords, particularly into Google News, then the press release is more likely to appear in the results than a non-optimized release. How much more likely? I haven’t seen one company yet give hard numbers. It’s more likely that this is an advertising gimmick that press release distribution services use to sell their service to less informed clients.
As an additional note, even when you pay the high cost for a premium service, you may still not get the level of publicity that you want, which is why many people will research free press release distribution and free press release sites before investing in the high costs of a paid service.
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For example, a while back I received a press release containing the following sentence: Release 6.0 doubles the level of functionality available, providing organizations of all sizes with a fast-to-deploy, highly robust, and easy-to-use solution to better acquire, retain, and serve customers.
If you were going to write a press release about your new product, it needs to be newsworthy. In other words, nobody wants to read a press release that just says, “Hey, we made a thing!” Instead, arrange your press release so that it includes the most unique benefits of your new product.
Paying for news distribution is valued by corporations and usually proves to be beneficial. Corporate clients like to see lots of pick-up coverage and paid news distribution scores with the full court press time and time again. However, if you are doing a news release regarding a court proceeding, a number of the paid news outlets will not print your news release. Also, when you are promoting entertainment – shows, performances, events – you want to focus on your core audience. The broadside approach of PND can miss the mark and the consumer you wanted to reach, gets by you.
The answers to these questions should always tie into your press release in some manner. If you’re releasing a new version of your product, your press release should tie in the fact that you created said product to help solve a particular problem.
To be fair, we did expect this result, it is rare enough for someone to pick up news from some of the premium paid-for news wires and given the volume of free press releases being pumped out these days we would have been (pleasantly) surprised to find any pick up of our releases. When we did find a release that had been syndicated out to other sites none of those other sites came across as ‘high quality’, they were invariably loaded down with banner and AdSense advertising.