OUHK COM6024 lecture 5 - Press release is not a pr strategy
DA010 - Professional Diploma in Public Relations - COMM6024EP Media Relations and New Media Technology (2011/10) Lecture 5 Press release is not a PR strategyDeveloped and Presented byRoy Ying, Msc., B.Comm.Note: Pictures used in this power point fileis for academic Purpose only
Table of Content• Proper presentation of Press Releases• Before and after issuing the press releases• Misconceptions of press releases’ effectiveness• Elements in a PR plan
Class: Class:•• Which 4 questions Which 4 questions you should ask you should ask yourself when writing yourself when writing a press release? a press release?
Why standardized format?• Journalist receive so many press releases a day. They have set standards and expectations that you must conform to.• If your press release is printed ‘as is’, without changing even one word, then you know you have conformed to the journalistic standards of that particular medium.
Checklist• Company Letterhead, Name, Address, Phone Number, Web Address• PRESS RELEASE in all caps• Contact Person’s Name• Immediate Release or Release Date(all caps)• HEADLINE or TITLE in BOLD/CAPS• BODY-Date/City-who,what,when,where and why.• Catchy text• Sum it up…• Basic Font, Double Spaced, Page Numbers, and End• Action Plan/Calendar
Press Release Writing Tip # 1: Keep It Short.It is best to keep a press release short and to the point. Most are about 500 words, which gives you enough room to write everything necessary.
Press Release Writing Tip # 2: Write It Yourself.It is not that difficult to write press releases. You can outsource it to an agency, but it’s you who have to feel comfortable with the way it’s written before it’s released to the media.
Press Release Writing Tip # 3: Write A Captivating Headline.The headline should be a grabber that makes the reader want more. It should be bolded and the font used should be bigger than the body. Remember to use the keywords that you want the search engines to pick up right in the title, while keeping the spark in it.
Press Release Writing Tip # 4: Get The Reader Hooked.You have one or two sentences to get the reader hooked and reading the rest of the press release, or you will lose him.Heavy use of adjectives and a sales tone will turn off any reader that is looking for newsworthy information about the topic, but try to insert your keywords strategically throughout the article.
Press Release Writing Tip # 5: Keep The Sales Out Of It. Make sure that the press release doesnt come across as a sales pitch. It must be written as a news story. It can contain a link to a site that has been set up to market a product, but the release itself cannot have a sales tone to it.
Press Release Writing Tip # 6: Use Factual Statements.In order to retain credibility, you must include factual statements that can be verified. Reporters look for these statements in a press release.
Press Release Writing Tip # 7: Make It Stand Out. Writing a press release does not have to mean that it is completely boring. Look at what you have to present, and then think about it from different angles. What can you add to this press release that will make it shine above the rest and be picked by major news sources?
Class Discussion• Writing press release is a technical skill• What’s more important is the management decision in wanting to issue a press release.• What should go on the minds of the PR practitioner before, and after issue the release?
Before writing a press release• What should be your consideration?• What should you prepare?• What’s your objectives?• What resources do you need?• What facts do you need to check?• How do you sign off the release?
After the press release• What do you do with it?• What kind of follow up?• How do you prepare for media enquiry?• How to prepare your media spokespersons if case of interview requests?• How to capture media reporting?• How to measure effectiveness against your objectives?
Misconceptions of press releases• Writing a press release is not part of a PR strategy. It is only one of the many tools in communicating your corporate news to the media.• Simply issuing a press release is not the answer to your publicity problem. In fact, if you only issue a release incorrectly or without any follow-up, you will bring more damages than good to your company.
Common complaints of PR• It’s too expensive – Yes, it can be, but it can also be very inexpensive (if not free of charge). Let’s look at where is the biggest cost. • Writing the release? • Distributing the release? • Following up with media? • Can you do it yourself? • How difficult is it?
Common complaints of PR• No one covered my story – Yes, most releases are not covered by media, but let’s look at why. • Did the release carry any news worthy information? • Was the release written in the right format? • Did the release reach the right journalists? • How did you plan your release
Elements in a PR plan• Media •Special Events• Press Kits (Print and Electronic) •Trade Shows• Develop Media Lists •Speech Writing• Press Releases •Photography• Announcements •Audio Tapes• Feature story releases •Internet Monitoring• Webcasts •Community Meetings• Media Training •Specialized Fact Sheets• Becoming a source •Quarterly Newsletters• Letters to the Editor •Annual Reports• Press conferences •Community Calendar Listings• Media tours •PR Campaign Measurement• Press Clipping Services •Crisis Management• Writing a Column