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Hi Emmy, Thanks a lot for this template. I’m working on a press release for my mobile app. After going through examples of other press releases, I noticed that a lot of grabers stem from the headline. How much more important would that be? Thanks, Makori.
Including a quote in your press release adds value and an extra dimension. You could include a quote from a review, a reader, a blogger or even from yourself. Be very careful when considering which quote to include as it should not be too self-promotional.
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However, the real marketing magic comes when you know how to do the above well.  When you get that, a press release for your book can be a game changer for your sales and authority – not just a pride metric like many use it for.
It’s a toss up between PRWeb and PRNewswire for the best paid press release site. PRNewswire has the highest score of all the paid sites and offers a huge arsenal of tools for optimizing your release. It’s reported to have the best overall distribution also, but it comes with a hefty price tag. The average cost of a release with all the bells and whistles can cost as much as $1,000 although they do have iReach, which starts at $129. PRWeb offers a robust release around $200. Both offer activity and SEO reporting on press releases.
If you’re nervous about what you’ve got, do some research on what’s already out there. Someone probably wrote something on an event just like the one you’re covering. PR Web[1] and PR Newswire[2] are good places to start.
GSF Mortgage Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of Brynn Kemp as a mortgage loan originator located in Crown Point, Indiana. She brings five years of experience in the mortgage industry and worked as a processor before becoming a loan officer. Despite using that office as a home base, she… – March 03, 2018 – GoGSF
I’d recommend pitching the writer first, with an angle specific to their beat. If a case needs to be made to the editor, it can fare better coming from the writer, who’s already had an opportunity to work out an angle with the PR rep. As an editor, I’m more likely to prioritize emails coming from those I have personal relationships with. These have been built over the years from the days when I was the writer presenting to my editors. Starting a new relationship with me as an editor, the most successful pitches have been those offering high profile interviews (editors that still write columns will want to take these for themselves before passing them off to junior writers) or highly specific content, like an original guest contribution. [3]
This is why the easiest, most organic way to thoroughly cover the who/what/when/where/why (+why anyone should care) is still a press release, even if that press release takes the form of a blog post. Anything else is a just an inconvenient patchwork of email strings, phone calls and DropBox links.
At its best, a press release succinctly describes the “who,” “what,” “where,” “when,” “why,” and “how” of your project in a manner that makes media professionals stop the presses (so to speak) and say, “Wow! Now this is what we’ve been looking for.” At its worst, a press release reads as little more than an unintelligible sales pitch teeming with errors of every kind.
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This press release from Samsung features their new Smart TV designed to unite entertainment with elegant art display. When a product lands on Oprah’s wish list, the “Oprah Effect” often occurs. By virtue of the TV popularity, the product gets instant brand recognition and an increase in sales. Definitely worth a press release, and it’s something that the company can continue to talk about for a long time.
Some public relations firms send out video news releases (VNRs) which are pre-taped video programs that can be aired intact by TV stations. Often, the VNRs are aired without the stations’ identifying or attributing them as such.
• Newsjacking – Is there a something going on in the news that you have a unique angle or an educated perspective on? A potential solution to a problem? Newsjacking could be your best bet. This requires you to act fast, but can pay off big time.
BusinessWire, a large but progressive site, has a partnership with PR Web that serves smaller B2B companies and startups well. For $399, you can get distribution on both PR Web and BusinessWire’s US 1 network. They offer good geographic control over distribution markets, multimedia integration, and results tracking as well. As BIGfish Communications puts it: “With more than 92,000 subscribing journalists and a distribution that goes out to more than 89,000 media outlets, your release is very likely to be seen by a relevant reporter and syndicated in top outlets.”
I like to choose brands or long phrases that include one of my target keywords. I rarely choose exact match keywords (10% or less) because of risk of being penalized by Google. This is referred to as “over-optimization.”
Hi Tammy, many devs use presskit() as a way to give the press access to media. This free template allows you to both display your media on your website (so press can read/view without downloading), and provides links to download the zip files. You can get the template here.
There’s no denying that press releases serve a purpose when distributed directly to journalists over the wire.  Press releases get sent to the attention of assignment editors at newspapers, television and radio stations, magazines, trade publications and other news outlets, and follow a specific format designed to work well within this type of news generation system (see “Format for a press release”).
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