What is a press release? To an organisation: Free publicity Profile raising Informing Reaching new customers To a journalist: Spam Advertising Space filler Source of news Introduction to company
What is newsworthy? Potentially: New – company, product, premises Research results Takeover Case studies Major contract Appointments News of the moment More subtly: Sponsorship Fund-raising Charity work Community work Staff achievements By products
Tips for writing a release Get to the point quickly Pyramid writing Use short paragraphs and sentences Keep punctuation and capital letters to a minimum Include what, where, when, how and why Full people details – who might know them? Contact details Send in body of email Head and shoulders pictures Be prepared to react quickly to help journalists
Distribution Your own website Links from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Newsletter, e-newsletter Local newspapers/websites Press release sites Specialist publications Other selected newspapers/magazines
Remember The people most interested in your news will be your own customers, suppliers and staff. Don’t rely on other people to tell them. Consider publicity in newspapers, magazines, on radio and TV a bonus. Keep the media in touch with your progress
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