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Read My Press Release! Writing Effective Press Releases for Print, Social and Online Media
 

Read My Press Release! Writing Effective Press Releases for Print, Social and Online Media

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Presented by Geo A. Ropert, APR, President of Ropert Communications Group ...

Presented by Geo A. Ropert, APR, President of Ropert Communications Group
Why is it some organizations get a lot of media coverage and some don’t? How you develop, write, format, and distribute your press release has a lot to do with it. From standard grammar and sentence structure, to writing for a particular audience, and from using the right keywords and the links, photos and videos you include, there’s more to a press release than just a headline; though a good one of those won’t hurt.

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    • Read my press release!
      Writing Effective Press Releases for Print, Electronic, and Social Media
      Geo A. Ropert, APR
      President, Ropert Communications Group
    • Have an attention-grabbing headline.
      Are written in a professional style.
      Contain the five Ws.
      Include contact information.
      All Good Press Releases…
    • Have an Attention Grabbing headline with keywords.
      Include all pertinent information in the first paragraph.
      Are written to appeal to target audiences and media.
      Are written in the third person.
      Don’t contain superfluous language or descriptions.
      Really Good Press Releases…
    • Reverse Pyramid – General to a point.
      Writing Theory
      Intro - Overview
      Supporting Info
      Details
    • If you’re not proficient in writing, become.
      This includes sentence structure and appropriate grammar. A lack of skill in this area will show and not reflect well on your employer or client.
      Learn to write well for both traditional/electronic and social media.
      Blending the media - How it’s written hasn’t changed much but how it’s read is a different story.
      Writing Theory
    • Crying ‘Wolf’
      New product, service, location, etc.
      New staff and promotions
      Special Events
      Crisis Management
      What’s News – What’s Not
    • Know your target audiences, including media publications, writers, readers, etc.
      Give your story lead time, when you can.
      Get your story out immediately, when necessary.
      Respect deadlines, writers’ time.
      In Today’s Media World…
    • Give writers, reporters, and editors everything they could ask for:
      Anticipate questions and include answers
      Include photos, videos, web links, etc.
      Include detailed contact information, including cell phone.
      Be available when the media needs you – they’re working on deadline.
      In Today’s Media World…
    • Identify keywords and use them in your headline and story.
      Include anchors/links - not too many.
      Include photos or videos.
      Link back to your website, blog, etc.
      Electronic Media
    • Thousands of stories calling each reader.
      Strong headline (60-85 characters) for:
      Regular readers
      Search engines
      Socially driven sites
      Keywords.
      Social Media
    • Opening that makes a reader want to click your link.
      Asking a question
      Sharing an anecdote
      Invoking the mind’s eye
      Use an analogy, metaphor, or simile
      Cite a shocking statistic
      Keep “conversation” in mind – write for a response or “two-way” communication.
      Social Media
    • www. digg.com
      www.delicious.com
      www.reddit.com
      Google AdWords
      Social Media Links
    • Read my press release!
      Writing Effective Press Releases for Print, Electronic, and Social Media
      Geo A. Ropert, APR
      President, Ropert Communications Group
      Phone: (321) 473-4520
      Email: garopert@earthlink.net