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Since press releases are also designed for the media to pick up and share with their audience, a reporter or editor wants to know how many people will be interested in this product or service. This particular release is targeted at renters, and since there are over 40 million renter-occupied households in the US, we knew that media would be excited to share a free educational guide with such a large audience.
Don’t Syndicate. Once the preferred method of press release distribution, syndication is now dead. While some brands used to spend thousands of dollars each month to distribute their press releases, experts like Tim Grice have since come out to say that there is “no value in press release syndication for SEO purposes.” Instead of taking this approach, share your press release with local media outlets. You’ll enjoy a better ROI and your press release will get more traction.
Although there are many news agencies around the world, three global news agencies, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Associated Press (AP) and Reuters, have offices in most countries of the world and cover all areas of information. All three began with and continue to operate on a basic philosophy of providing a single objective news feed to all subscribers; they do not provide separate feeds for conservative or liberal newspapers. Jonathan Fenby explains the philosophy:
Avoid hyperbole or cliche here. You want to convey solidly what your book is about and what it contains. Try and make the language punchy and descriptive. It should be easily understandable without being too dry and generic.
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What about http://www.marketwired.com ? I’ve used their service several times and I find it very effective for the price. A lot of services to choose from and their reporting features are great to keep track of results.
For the ‘first 2,000 hours battery story’, you might go on to mention that while mobile phone technology has moved at an alarming pace, the batteries that power them have stayed the same for decades, frustrating users and manufacturers.
RULE #1: Use the press release as a sales tool. The idea is to communicate a message to customers and prospects, through the vehicle of a print or online article, hopefully adding the authority and credibility of the publication, website and/or reporter to the message.
Hi Sam! Thank you for the comment. The rule to always follow with a press release is if you don’t have something impressive to share/show, then don’t. It’s great that you have art assets done, but I’m not sure if that is enough to go on. Perhaps if you had a free, playable demo in addition to the art assets, or were inviting people to a beta, etc., then you could for the announcement-type press release, but without those extra, impressive items, I may hold off. Hope that helps.
Thanks for the great post. This is where many small businesses are missing out. They fail to understand that with a PR release they are losing out on the opportunity to create a web footprint which is capable of generating business from any location around the world.
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Most press releases are succinct at just a page long. Two pages tops. Ultimately, companies want to provide enough information so that news outlets have sufficient material for publishing their own stories about whatever the company is announcing in the release.
It’s with that in mind that Free Press Release features advanced options to improve the effectiveness of each release distributed through its site, and many of these important options extend to the free press releases.
You can also hire an agency that has access to a media database – we use Meltwater for this, but Cision is also a good option and there are several others. You can gain access to these databases yourself, but it’s very costly (around $20k/year). When you go with an agency, you’re splitting that cost among other clients – and some agencies will pull you a media list for a fee, and let you handle the outreach. Contact us if you’d like to learn more!
Now, however, thanks to the rise of digital marketing and, more specifically, free press release websites, businesses, brands, and even individuals submit press releases for different purposes. Yes, exposure is still part of it, but so are other factors such as SEO.
Hi Pablo, I’m not able to do any work on individual press releases at the moment. However I would suggest looking at your press release and asking yourself if it gives people a reason to care. Remember it’s not about your book, it’s about how your story can entertain the media outlet’s audience. In your case, I would focus more on the story of your journey and why it will appeal to a particular audience.
The final paragraph in your press release should be the boilerplate, which presents information about your company and what it does. This should be a factual description, and it can be used repeatedly in different press releases.
Signal the end of the press release with three # (hash) symbols. Center these directly underneath the last line of the release. This is a journalistic standard. It may look like you’re over-tweeting, but you’re not. This is how it’s done.
In the United States, the judgment in Inter Ocean Publishing v. Associated Press facilitated competition by requiring agencies to accept all newspapers wishing to join. As a result of the increasing newspapers, the Associated Press was now challenged by the creation of United Press Associations in 1907 and International News Service by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst in 1909. Driven by the huge U.S. domestic market, boosted by the runaway success of radio, all three major agencies required the dismantling of the cartel agencies through the Agreement of 26 August 1927. They were concerned about the success of U.S. agencies from other European countries which sought to create national agencies after the First World War. Reuters had been weakened by war censorship, which promoted the creation of newspaper cooperatives in the Commonwealth and national agencies in Asia, two of its strong areas. After the Second World War, the movement for the creation of national agencies accelerated, when accessing the independence of former colonies, the national agencies were operated by the State. Reuters, became cooperative, managed a breakthrough in finance, and helped to reduce the number of U.S. agencies from three to one, along with the internationalization of the Spanish EFE and the globalization of Agence France-Presse.
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Start with the date and city in which the press release originates. The city may be omitted if it will be confusing –– for example if the release is written in New York about events in the company’s Chicago division.
And by offering iReach, and its budget-friendly, Web-only distribution options, PR Newswire has made it easier for small businesses, especially, to send their messages to a wider audience, getting in front of both journalists and consumers, and making their news searchable online.
Social Post: You create a customized tweet (typically your headline) and we will send this out via PR Newswire’s primary Twitter handle (@PRNalert) and up to 3 additional PR Newswire industry specific handles.  (List Attached)
Keep it Objective. Readers will respond better to a press release that gives the details of a show than they will to one that simply tells everyone how great an upcoming event is. The more objective your press release can be, the better.
Make sure the news source is clear and easily identifiable. News source is the company or organization issuing the release. It should also be clear how that company or organization relates to the news announcement.
4. It’s very, very likely that none of the 200+ pickups will do anything for you at all. In all of the years that we’ve been writing, distributing and pitching press releases, only a couple of unique pieces of earned media coverage (from smaller bloggers) ever came from the “higher visibility” that press release distribution services offer.
PR Newswire for Journalists helps you stay on top of the latest news in your beat. You’ll also have access to ProfNet experts and multimedia to round out your stories, plus a media blog, job listings, and other resources.
A good press release immediately grabs the reader’s attention by explaining why it’s relevant. For a product release, like the free ebook mentioned in this example, readers want to know who the intended audience is and how the product will benefit them.
This may come as a big surprise, but you are never going to attract the attention of a journalist and get your foot in the door if you issue a cookie-cutter press release that waxes lyrical about how great your product or service is.
So if I (or a professional) would write the story myself to be unique and stunning and etc, and it would be distributed to some hundreds of pages, then it would make a SEO effect or not, in your opinion?
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.”
Your business networking groups – If you have been attending local business networking groups, chances are some of the members work in the local PR scene. If not, ask some of your group members if they know of any PR agents.
This last sentence or two focuses on the future. If you’re supporting a candidate, for example, you can say what date the election is held, and what the stakes are. If you’re advertising an event, you can note that it’s annual and the next one is already scheduled. Simply wrap up by looking ahead in some way. This is a very short paragraph, sometimes only a sentence!

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