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I get asked all the time if I can I provide a list of free press release submission companies. Despite being antithetical to my press release distribution business, which relies on reaching media directly by email and dedicated newswire feeds to newsrooms nationwide, I thought it would be worth venturing into this murky world to you a comprehensive list of free press release websites. I caution you to use at your own risk and to realize that a free press release is not a mechanism of public relations or PR, but an offshoot of search engine optimization (SEO) — with no proven track record of actually improving a website’s SEO.
Those same fancy PR tools I mentioned earlier enable PR pros to mass-email your release to as many journalists as they want. This is a terrible feature and PR reps as a whole will get a much better reputation if it ever goes away. There are even “coverage wizard” options that will auto-pull lists of journalists, editors and producers for you based on a specific beat. While this can be a good starting point, it’s important to A) research each person before you reach out to them, and B) never mass pitch everyone at once (in case I haven’t made that clear enough yet).
As you are not writing to your target audience directly, you need to write your press release in the third person. So “ABC Ltd has signed a £5 million deal with XYZ Ltd” not “We’ve signed a deal with…”
Then you have to write a statement telling what the matter really is, whether it is an event or a book release. Then you have to write various details of the matter about which you wish to do a press release and what makes it newsworthy. You can also see Media Schedule Templates.
Distribute press releases to reach journalists, attract new customers and gain visibility online via top search engines, thousands of websites, social media, blogger networks, as well as via print, broadcast, radio, mobile channels, and more.
The more specific you can get while writing a press release, the better results it’s likely to have. Finely tune your content to your audience even before you decide on the free PR site you’ll use to distribute it.
Hi Mike, thank you for your comment and suggestion! I think adding that line would be a good improvement for the template. Once I get some time, I’ll try to make that adjustment. That said, I may take your suggestion a bit further. Instead of saying FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, I may put something like FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE or EMBARGOED UNTIL [INSERT DATE] so developers know where to put the for immediate release or embargo date 🙂
Additionally, with a free PR account from PRLog, users have the ability to see the search phrases that are most commonly associated with their free press release, which will help them more efficiently create future press releases for SEO purposes.
Thanks for sharing this, Brian. This piece is a great overview and I found it very informative. I also checked out the link you provided and will read some of the ebooks with press release writing tips.
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Headline and secondary headline – The headline is crucial to your press release as it is the first thing that will catch the reader’s attention. Keep it short, interesting, and descriptive. Having a secondary headline is a great way to give more information without taking away from the main headline.