Use the media that offers wide reach, on-line releases
If you are a pr pro, or in the publicity industry, you need to make sure that you are using all the resources available.
This means print, broadcast and of course, on-line.
Writing releases for the mass media, such as the print industry, requires information for the editor to feel it is newsworthy. This we already know. One important point is to make the release fit that industry. Sometimes its revising one or two paragraphs to make the release more appropriate to that readership.
Now lets move to on-line.
While print releases can be two to several pages long, on-line releases should not exceed 800 words. Actually it should be closer to 650 words or less. Don’t go the opposite and write something only 400 words.
As much as readers on the net like short reads, we want to feel that the information has value and content and was beneficial to us.
Keep the on-line source as part of your media mix when distributing press releases.
Another critical secret in on-line releases is to embed, or provide links. This cannot be done with other media outlets like broadcast and print. Don’t go crazy with links on every sentence, and make sure these links are support for the release.
The next step is to distribute the releases. Use a service that you know can handle on-line distribution as well as traditional. Some of these companies are PRNewswire, Bacon’s, and Business Wire. Also, remember to add the releases to your own web site.
One more thing you need to make sure you are doing to get the most of a release. In your web site, create a navigation button titled newsroom, pressroom, or something similar. Place the releases, and/or stories published in that section. Now you have an additional on-line presence with your releases.
- Press Releases and Stories for the media
Online press releases