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Optimizing press release headlines is the single most important search engine optimization (SEO) technique that can be applied by public relations and other communications professionals.

Optimizing press release headlines is the single most important search engine optimization (SEO) technique that can be applied by public relations and other communications professionals.

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  • Bulldog Reporter: Media Relations Summit 2009 New Techniques for Supercharging the News Release in a PR 2.0 World Presented by: Melanie Widmann Social Media and Search Marketing Manager May 19, 2009
  • Agenda
    • PR Adoption Of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques
    • Basic Terminology
    • Universal Search
    • News Trends
    • Crafting The Perfect Headline For Search Engine Visibility
  • What Industry Reports Are Telling Us Search Engine Optimization (SEO) By PR Professionals
  • 75% of PR professionals are practicing keyword placement
  • But keywords for PR campaigns are not necessarily chosen by PR professionals
  • Basic Terminology
  • Words chosen and placed by copywriters in strategic locations on a web page in order to increase the volume and/or quality of traffic from search engines to a web page. Examples: Brand, Product, Service Name, Geographic Location, Or Topic Keywords
  • A Search Engine is…
  • A Search Engine is…
  • A Search Engine is…
  • A Search Engine is a set of programs that…
    • Saves copies of web pages
  • (2) Finds new pages by following links on pages it has already found http://www2.napier.ac.uk/getready/figures/citations_references.gif A Search Engine is a set of programs that…
  • (3) Creates an index (catalog) of words and their location for all saved web pages A Search Engine is a set of programs that…
  • (4) Searches its index for web pages that match search engine user query; and A Search Engine is a set of programs that…
  • (5) Returns a list of links to relevant web pages (Search Engine Results Pages/SERPs) A Search Engine is a set of programs that…
  • News Trends
  • News Trends
      • Individuals are becoming their own editors
          • Sourcing Search Engines, E-mail, Blogs, Social Media And Sharing News
        • Source:
        • http://www.stateofthenewsmedia.org/2009/narrative_overview_majortrends.php?cat=1&media=1
      • News consumption is shifting online at an unprecedented rate (66% 2007 to 2008)
        • Source:
        • http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1066/internet-overtakes-newspapers-as-news-source
      • Aggregation (Grouping) of news content continues (text, images, video)
        • By news aggregators who crawl the web for content
          • Google News (25,000 sources)
          • Topix (60,000 sources)
    News Trends
      • Aggregation of news content continues (text, images, video)
        • By people on social networks or sites with social features
    “ Users have shared nearly a million articles with professional colleagues” (March 20, 2009) News Trends
  • News Trends
      • Aggregation (Grouping) of news content continues (text, images, video)
        • Blended within web search results
    Blended Search Result Summary Blended Google News Results News Trends
      • Aggregation (Grouping) of news content continues (text, images, video)
        • Blended within web search results
    Blended Yahoo News Results News Trends
      • Aggregation (Grouping) of news content continues (text, images, video)
        • Blended within web search results
    News Trends Blended MSN News Results
      • Aggregation (Grouping) of news content continues (text, images, video)
        • Blended within web search results
    News Trends Blended Ask News And Blog Results
      • Aggregation of news content continues (text, images, video)
        • As a subscription model coming Fall 2009 ( Journalism Online)
        • Source: http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003962140
    News Trends
      • Traditional media are finding audiences on social sites
        • Associated Press’ YouTube channel has ~126 million video views
    News Trends
      • Traditional media are finding audiences on social sites
        • New York Times has over 650K followers on Twitter (April 20)
    News Trends
      • A communication channel with pretty strict character limitations trending at a high adoption rate
      • Great for expanding beyond our familiar circle of friends and acquaintances to find new information
      • 140 character message that individuals can input into or send by mobile phone to their account including links to interesting news articles/web pages
    News Trends
  • April Fools
      • Displays in search engine results pages against article headline searches
    News Trends
  • News Trends
  • Why Twitter Matters To News http://www.comscore.com/blog/2009/04/breaking_news_and_making_news.html The average Twitter user was often 2 and 3 times as likely to visit the top online news brands as the average person. For example, while 17 percent of the total U.S. Internet audience visited CNN.com in March, more than double that percentage (38 percent) of Twitter.com visitors did so.
  • Crafting The Perfect Headline
  • Crafting The Perfect Headline
      • Can a story be told in 140 characters?
      • How about 60 to 70 characters?
      • Supercharging news releases means paying attention to how your headline will appear online
      • The headline is the most influential search engine visibility/optimization factor that you have direct control over
        • http://www.seomoz.org/blog/ranking-factors-version-2-released
  • Crafting The Perfect Headline “ Headlines that work in print don't work online because they're not search-friendly. Your headlines should be clear and declarative and state what your post is about.” Paul Gillin, Veteran Technology Journalist And Author
  • Tips From Google News
      • Ensure that the title is not too long or too short. Currently, a title must be between two and 22 words for it to be indexed properly
      • Don't include a date or time in your article titles
        • http://www.google.com/support/news_pub/bin/answer.py?answer=93981&topic=11673
      • It's unlikely to be useful to specify more than a dozen keywords or so per article
        • http://www.google.com/support/news_pub/bin/answer.py?answer=93992&topic=11666
  • Tips From Yahoo! Small Business
      • To make your page most appealing to search engines, we (Yahoo!) recommend that you limit your page title to 67 characters
      • Meta Keywords List:
        • Input keywords in order of importance
      • http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/smallbusiness/webhosting/yss/promote/index.html
  • Tips From YouTube
      • Video Titles:
        • Think of your title as a headline
        • If you want to include your brand name in the title, it should always go last
        • Character Limit: 120
      • Tags:
        • Be as detailed as possible
        • Include: Brand, City, topics
        • Character Limit: 120
      • http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=141804
  • Recommended Headline/ Title Length Also keep in mind that Twitter has a maximum of 140 characters – but leave room for a shortened URL…that’s a net of about 120 characters for Twitter. Headline Google Google News YouTube Yahoo! W3.org Headline/Title Length (Characters) 65-70 Max Displayed In Search Results (no documented recommendation) Min 10 to Max 110 120 Max 67 Max 64 Max
  • Marketwire Analysis: Headline Length (100K Release Sample, Jan – Dec 2008)
  • What Should A Headline Include?
      • The focus of your news (AKA Keywords)
      • Keywords can include:
        • Brand, product or service name
        • Partner/affiliate name
        • Event name or topic
        • Geographic location
        • Executive’s name, title
      • Observe trademark and copyright laws
  • How Do You Pick Keywords?
      • Keyword suggestion tools
      • Keyword suggestion tools
    How Do You Pick Keywords?
      • Keyword Suggestion Tools
    How Do You Pick Keywords?
  • How Do You Pick Keywords?
  • How Do You Pick Keywords?
      • SEO reports from news distributors
      • Online monitoring of blogs, message boards and social sites
      • Competitor product/service pages
  • How Do You Pick Keywords?
      • Internal resources:
        • Marketing/IT departments for analytic records
  • How Do You Pick Keywords?
      • Internal resources:
        • Marketing/IT departments for webmaster reports
  • Sample Release BlackBerry Takes the World by Storm with Verizon Wireless and Vodafone
  • Sample Release BlackBerry Takes the World by Storm with Verizon Wireless and Vodafone
  • Sample Release
  • Resources Social Media Corner on LinkedIn http://twitter.com/smcorner http://www.marketwire.com/PR 2.0 http://www.marketwire.com/SMStrategy Public Relations Marketing and Planning Tools Summary From Marketwire
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    • Melanie Widmann LinkedIn Profile
    • Melanie Widmann Facebook Profile
    Melanie Widmann, Social Media and Search Marketing Manager With an MBA and a background in finance, technology and marketing, Widmann brings leadership and professional experience that is rooted in search engine optimization and social media best practices. Her work at InfoSearch Media and as a web developer have given her hands-on in-depth knowledge of both the back-end coding and the front-end search marketing involved in successful Internet strategies. Most recently, Widmann has worked with and has been influential in the production of Marketing Sherpa’s 2009 Social Media Marketing and PR Benchmark Guide , recently published in February 2009. Contact And Bio