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Business Wire does resonate with business journalists and if that is the target audience, it’s a good move but are they going to effectively distribute news on a story like, the corporations Wu Tang Clan, interview Duff from Guns “N Roses about for his astute finance advice? Are they going to deliver full distribution on a PR release on music-oriented copyrights or the indie film industry? Maybe but releases like this need to be handled with their target audience in mind.
To write a press release template you have to write various details regarding the matter for which you want the press release in a particular order. First, you have to write the name of the organisation or the individual who is heading the matter, like the name of the event organiser for an event press release or the name of the recording company for a music press release.
Press releases follow a well-defined format that simplifies the writing process. Journalists and bloggers read hundreds of press releases a day, so following this format helps ensure they catch the essential information at a glance.
We recommend PR Web as the best press release distribution service for online exposure because they include significantly more online resources in their distribution network — over 30,000 compared to over 5,900 for eReleases and over 1,400 for PR Newswire.
Another site that has appeared to make a fairly strong entry is NEWSLINE360 – They allow for unlimited submissions of press releases, articles and more while providing an amazing looking newsroom that integrates with your social media. It is actually kind of trippy, all the things it does!!
Write an announcement about your business – a new product launch, current promotion etc. and share your message fast and easily. Our intelligent text optimization tools help you to get the most out of your content. They guide you to optimize your text with important keywords,a well structured copy and impactful links for better search visibility and to lead more traffic to your site.
Expert positioning:  showcase a company or organization’s individuals as go-to experts for the media.  Or focus on a report, statistics or results to show expertise of the company as a whole on certain topics or industry trends.  Example headline:  “ABC Company’s Vice President of Operations, Abby Brown, Talks Logistics within the Ever-Changing Software World.”
We included statistics in the press release of how many teenagers and young adults reported clearer acne after using our product, which I believe is what helped us gain over 8,000 followers on our Instagram and 3,000 on our Facebook account.
ReleaseWire is our “go to” press release distribution service. We like ReleaseWire because it’s affordable, easy to use and has great reach. It also functions well for clients in a number of different industries.
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General news:  announce a general news item to create interest and earn exposure for the company or organization issuing the release.  Example headline:  “ABC Company Wins Customer Service Award Three Years in a Row.”
There’s a trick to writing press releases, though. Your message has to be newsworthy without sounding like a blatant advertisement. The release is written in an unbiased format so the reader trusts the information to be accurate.
Cision stands out from the rest because not only it owns PRNewswire and PRWeb, it is much more than just press releases. CISION offers one of the most robust product suites of any of the major press release distribution services. That’s a positive for companies looking for more social media insights and better analytics. In fact, CISION is now calling its combined offerings an “all-in-one media intelligence platform.”
Hi Keith, thank you for the comment. This is all great insight and I appreciate you taking the time to post it here. Because both you and Craig posted similar comments, I want to make sure I clarify the intention of this post. This post is meant as a guide for how to correctly format a press release for general distribution using AP Style guidelines and other best practices. It is not meant to provide tips for how to contact writers. As you allude to in your post, and as I preach on my site, sending a template-driven message to every journalist you reach out to, is not a good idea. Each message you send should be personalized and tailored to the interests of that journalist’s audience. In regards to what format you use for your press release. Journalists have their preferences as to which format they like to receive press releases in. I’ve worked with writers that span the gamut on this. That said, I think your points about copying and pasting the text into the body of your email over a attaching a Word document are completely valid. When I recommended Word in the previous comment, I was speaking to the specific context of general distribution, i.e., when you submit your press release to sites like Games Press. (Games Press requests Word document attachments as its preferred method to receive press releases in it’s submission instructions to avoid running into copying and pasting issues: http://www.gamespress.com/about_howtosubmit.asp). Looking back on my comment, I think I could have been way clearer though 🙂 Apologies for that. Again, I appreciate both your and Craig’s input here. It’s great to hear this feedback straight from journalists.
As mentioned, we only included free sites with high ranks because you are who you associate with when it comes to search optimization and inbound links. Their ranks tell us about their SEO potential for any live links we put on their site. Over the years that we’ve maintained this list, PRLog has always remained at the top, but even sites like PR.com have lost rank across all search reputation monitors.
So, you want to write a press release? Well, you’re in luck! Here are 4 press release examples to get you started. If you haven’t already checked out my article on how to write a press release, be sure to do that as well. That article, along with our lesson videos, are full of helpful information!
There is a lot of debate whether or not press releases are worthwhile for new and upcoming merchants anymore. We have heard good arguments on both sides, and to be perfectly honest, for most online store owners it’s one of those tactics that could be a hit or miss, but if it hits, it could result in a major press launch for your brand. For example, BeardBrand launched their store and never looked back literally the day an article about beard grooming for men mentioned them and was published in the New York Times.
After you’ve loaded up your title, intro text, and release body, click the BLUE CHECKMARK to “apply”. This is will produce a Thank You message (see image) and you’ll know you have successfully submitted.
At what points in development should I be sending a press release? Are screenshots enough with a first announcement or should there always be something more? Also is it different for mobile development than pc development?
If you are emailing a press release, copy and paste your headline into the subject line of the email. Just to clarify, your headline will be in the subject line as well as in the body of the email. Whatever you do, don’t put things like, “Read this” or “Latest news from me” in the subject line as it will look like spam.
“There aren’t really a prescriptive number of pages or word count.” If I may add one important aspect from journalism school 101: any article for a newspaper (and a press release ideally ends up as an article “as if” the journalist had written it him/herself) needs to be structured in such a way, that you can clip from the end (!!!) without it losing stringency and closure. That is entirely different from creative writing. “A Winter’s tale” or an Agatha Christie whodunit would lose much, if not all, of its charm if you left out the last, say, two, paragraphs! But since (in the olden days) a piece of journalism needed to fit in with the rest of the layout (including advertising and late breaking news), whoever redacted a piece had to be able to cut off bits and pieces at the end without having to read, let alone reformulate the rest of the article. That said, this rule still stands today though space is not always a bottleneck in the digital world (but – you never know, maybe your press release even makes it into the print version!). So train yourself to write like a (good) journalist. If you don’t you could wonder for years what made your press releases fall by the wayside time and again.
We used our first release as a test to get a feel for the sites, having formed an opinion (and to avoid wasting time on sites that didn’t meet our goasl), we carried out subsequent tests on the top twenty or so sites.
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.
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For something to be newsworthy, it must be something that audiences outside of your internal organization will care about; something that has significance to a reporter and their readers, viewers, or listeners, or to other external stakeholders (potential investors, etc).
Your press release is a piece of marketing. And like all marketing materials, it needs a call to action. A simple hyperlink to where readers can download, purchase or learn more about your game works best.

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