brand press release press releases best practices

What is it about your production that makes it newsworthy? If you can’t think of anything, the chances are it’s not. Not every single film and TV production on earth has to be covered in the media. But if there is something special about your production, OPEN with that.
This press release gave us exposure in several dog magazines, including San Diego Dog and NOVADog (Virginia), online media such as Edge Media Network, a local radio station, and with local charities who promoted the event in their area.
Another, slightly off topic: this wasn’t a press release, but someone responding to a HARO query about AI, who pitched me on an idea called “augmented eternity” from her client. That turned into this story.
What follows are three examples, pretty much picked randomly, which show how it’s done. The first two have a little biz-blab in them, but are still reasonably effective. The third one (from Microsoft) is an excellent example of how to write a press release that will intrigue reporters and editors.
A book press release is an important part of your book marketing effort, you know it, I know it, the guy next door knows it. With the right mindset and an understanding of industry conventions, you can write a magnetic press release that is too good to pass up.
Make sure your press release reads well; concentrate on improving relevance and usefulness of the content. Most importantly, though, it should be short. A long press release will be hard to read, even if it is interesting, the reader is likely to stop reading at a certain point. So, make it short – it’s as simple as that.
Yves Rochard, president of CNMW had this to say, “We are delighted with our partnership with Laser Shooting Robots and look forward to introducing their product to the European market. There is a synergy between our two brands that we feel will result in a profitable relationship for both of us. We have already integrated their sales tools into our website and will begin manufacturing, and shipping Laser Shooting Robots as of February 2012.”
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Write a boilerplate underneath the body of your release. That means it’s time to include information about your company. When a journalist picks up your press release for a story, he or she would logically have to mention the company in the news article. Journalists can then get the company information from this section.
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Articles should be as up-beat and positive as possible. Avoid phrases like following the resignation of the previous chairman or after a period of inactivity. A journalist could decide to investigate those matters instead of reporting what is in the press release and—–even if the circumstances were completely innocuous, for instance if the chairman had resigned due to health—–the resulting copy might not be to your liking.
Title. Concisely describe what the release is about. For SEO, try to use a client keyword phrase in the title, preferably at the beginning and in place of the business name. “Sunshine Coast IVF” is one of our target keywords. I could have optimized this title further by putting our keyword first with a title like, “Sunshine Coast IVF Clinic Announces Opening Of New Clinic In Buderim.”
We can write the releases for you, or if you send us one of your own, we will check it is newsworthy and editorially appropriate and publish it for everyone to see. And, our meticulous team will get in touch if there are any mistakes or editorial changes that will help to maximise the number of people your news will reach… if that’s OK with you?