public relations releases writing a good press release

Describe what your company does in clear, plain English, include a link to your company’s homepage early on, and make your boilerplate succinct and straightforward. If you cite data, include a reference link for the data source, and make sure every name in the release has an associated title and company as well.
No estimates can be given as to when your press release, if picked up by our PR editors, will go live on our site and via our distribution channels. It all depends on current workload and backlog, and sometimes can take weeks long. Next day distribution is guaranteed if one of paid PR distribution packages is used.
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.
I do not understand why you’d add a Word template in this time of the social media press release. The modern approach is to pitch a succinct press release like you describe via mail, and to link to an online (social media) press release. Such a release can be linked to on social media and can get picked up by search engines. It’s excellent to increase your exposure. Here’s an example of how I’ve built a template for book releases: http://www.prezly.com/social-media-press-release-example/book
If your aim is to get your release to rank, you might want to check out a paid submission service such as PRWeb or PRBuzz. I’ve never tried either site personally and have read mixed reviews on their effectiveness.
Newsroom fax machines and reporters’ inboxes are flooded on a daily basis with press releases from companies, government agencies, non-profit groups, and even average citizens trying to get their neighborhood plight noticed. If you send in a press release that’s riddled with grammatical errors, buried in a convoluted e-mail, or completely irrelevant to the reporter’s coverage area, you might as well be tossing your press release down a sewer drain. If you deluge a news organization with unprofessional or uninteresting releases, your chances of ever getting favorable news coverage are zero-to-slim.
The second and subsequent paragraphs comprise the body of the press release. They should contain orderly, more detailed and important information. The body often contains quotes from others to support your message (i.e., customers, clients, staff, peers, donors, or industry experts.)
WireNews offers unlimited press release distribution for just £29.99 + VAT/Tax per month or you can pay £4.99 + VAT per press release. An annual payment plan (£299.90 + VAT) is available as well. Currently the company is offering a limited number of lifetime press release distribution accounts for a single one-off payment of £350 + VAT.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simply put, if you are able to package information about your book into a format which grabs a journalist’s attention, make it so they don’t have to put much work into your article to publish it, and it seems like it would be of interest to their audience, then Bingo! You’ve won the holy grail of free publicity.
You don’t want to pique a journalist’s interest only to have that person scrounging and searching to find who to call for more information. Contact information can either be at the top or bottom of the page and should include the name, e-mail, and title of whomever the media contact for the story is. Usually, it will be your company spokesperson or a dedicated staff person familiar with the topic who can answer reporters’ questions.
For some, the purpose of creating a free press release is in line with creating a commercial or a newspaper advertisement. Of course, the catch is that this is not always available within free PR services, and can be costly for new businesses or service providers.
The body of your press release should expand the content of the first paragraph. Each paragraph should be no more than 3 or 4 sentences. Break up the body accordingly, but make sure that each paragraph is cohesive and flows well from the preceding paragraph.
The second paragraph is what you should feed to every press outlet and reporter: the who, what, when, where and why of your event, announcement or roll out. This is what they’re looking for when they read your release. Between this and the paragraph above, the reporter should now know everything they would need for a small blip piece. Of course, you want more exposure than that, so you provide more detail below.
This is a great read. Really helped me understand of the questions I have been trying to get answered. I run a public company so we mainly focus on our Investor Relations and I totally agree that distribution services are for the most part worthless. So I have set out to learn how to obtain a better ROI and it has been tough. I have also found that many companies when sharing their results of you utilizing their service seem to be fluffed or not completely transparent.
Everyone is promoting their products and services online to increase visibility.  A really good and cost efficient way to increase exposure is through press releases.  There are a lot of free press release distribution sites out there, but here are our top 5 picks for PR and Communications teams to explore:
For huge, FORTUNE 500-style companies looking to build relationships with shareholders and investors, a service such as Business Wire makes the most sense. And for companies that are really looking for a total software solution that includes press release distribution as part of a broader set of marketing and communication activities, then an offering like CISION is a good choice.