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Beyond Press Releases: Using Stories to Land Your Organization on the Front Page

Waxing UnLyrical

Elaine Hughes is a former news reporter who takes a journalistic approach to marketing. Beyond Press Releases: Using Stories to Land Your Organization on the Front Page. Guest Post by Elaine Hughes. Doors that Manuel Rosado never knew existed are now opening to him.”. Compelling stories are memorable and can trigger powerful emotions in potential customers and donors.

Multimedia with Press Releases Gets More Views and Engagement

Proactive Report

Every so often we hear that press releases are dead.  Just recently the Google updates about treating press releases as advertisements had PR folk jittery once again.  However, there is ample evidence to show that the digital age has given press releases a new lease on life. The multimedia digital release template. more release views and 36.1%

How to Write a Press Release in 4 Easy Steps [+Examples]

Writtent Blog

Wondering how to write a press release? Great Great press releases are not that hard to write. These basic guidelines will help you to write and distribute effective press releases that will get your readers’ attention and – best of all – get them to share the news on social media. Reasons Writing a Press Release is Still Relevant. Where?

The Press Release is not Dead Yet!

Proactive Report

Great news for PR practitioners: Despite rumors to the contrary, the trusty old press release is not dead. Text 100 surveyed 72 journalists and found that the press release is still the preferred format for receiving corporate news. While you are celebrating this news, there is one caveat: text only releases don’t do much for you. PR Newswire reports that a study of releases on their wire service shows that:: Adding a photo or an image increases views of the release by 14%. Press releases. Press contacts. Photos.

A Look at Muck Rack's Twitter Press Release Service, 51 Releases Later

Adam Sherk

Home About Contact PR Publishing SEO Social Media Subscribe Adam Sherk A Look at Muck Rack’s Twitter Press Release Service, 51 Releases Later by Adam Sherk on October 20, 2009 I’m definitely a fan of Muck Rack – it offers an easy way to track major media journalists on Twitter and pick up on trending topics. Of those 51 releases, 28 included a URL, so I tried using

Content Marketing Strategy? Think Like A Reporter

Webbiquity SMM

Just as thinking like a reporter can help when developing your social media strategy , two key concepts in journalism can be useful in content marketing: the five-w’s-plus-h reporter’s questions , and the inverted pyramid. The Reporter’s Questions. Reporters are taught to ask key questions to get the story. What are your key messages?

Lance Armstrong and a tweeted Social Media Press Release

Laurel Papworth

Instead he used his blog as a social media press release site and then used Twitter as a distribution channel for that press release to amazing effect. See what I mean about a social media press release – online, accessible, TWEETABLE. think it was around another 4 million – see the report below. ” For me, that time is now.

Changes in News Delivery Give New Power to Press Releases

Proactive Report

This has wrought some major changes in how journalist go about news gathering and reporting.   And since a large part of our job as PR practitioners is media relations, it affects our work too. Jim Brady of the Washington Post says, “As journalists we can’t sit back and say this is how we’ve reported on the news for the last 50 years. The press release is available here.).

How to Turn a Blog Post into a Press Release


If you’re an ace at writing blog copy, you can write an excellent press release. You already know that press releases are a powerful way to promote your blog , and they’re an effective way to get your message out without duplicating content. So, if you’re ready to put your news out there, here’s some basic steps to re-writing your blog post into a press release. press release has to announce something. However, the following blog post topics would work perfectly as the basis for a press release: launch of a new company.

Best Social PR Guides and Tips of 2010 (So Far)

Webbiquity SMM

Read on to learn how social media is changing PR, how pitching bloggers is different from traditional media outreach, how to optimize press releases for search and online distribution, which tools should be in your social PR toolbox and more here in some of the best articles and blog posts on social PR of 2010 so far. Quoting a recent study from Cision and George Washington University, Todd Defren reports that “an overwhelming majority of reporters and editors now depend on social media sources when researching their stories. Like what? How Is PR Changing?

Best Social PR Guides, Tips and Tools of 2010

Webbiquity SMM

How can you amplify and extend new releases through social media? The Most Overused Buzzwords and Marketing Speak in Press Releases by Adam Sherk. Public Relations: The best press release is no press release by MarketingSherpa. The headline may be a bit harsh—drafted and used properly (which they too frequently aren’t), press releases can still serve a valuable role—but Daniel Burstein does make some excellent points here. Social Media Press Releases and Blogger Outreach. Is the Press Release Dead?

Five Newsworthy Stories for Your Next Press Release


Most bloggers understand that online press releases can drive traffic. Press Press releases are powerful ways to reach people through search. As As Lee Odden wrote in his book Optimize , “search is an explicit expression of need or want” and online press releases provide the means to reach people at the precise time they are expressing that need. ProBlogger has offered reasons to use press releases to promote a blog, and very sound editorial guidance on how to turn a press release into a blog post. Themes emerge in blogs.

The Problem With PR

Waxing UnLyrical

The term “PR” has become synonymous with “press releases” (easy enough to understand why), “buzz,” “publicity,” and “spin.” Press releases” and publicity are just some of the means to these ends. Today, your news release can reach audiences you never expected it see in the past. Notice before I said news release and not press release. Thanks!

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Best Web Presence Optimization Guides and Tips of 2010

Webbiquity SMM

Social Media Affecting BtoB Buying Behavior by The Proactive Report. Eric Papczun follows up on his post above with more guidance to help “dominate search engine results pages&# including leveraging alternate domains, creating a corporate presence on social networking and content-sharing sites, and search-optimizing your press releases. Whatever. Social Media and Search.

Eight PR Sins Every PR Pro Should Avoid

Spin Sucks

Earlier this month, a reporter named Bethany Rodgers , as good journalists do, called Fredrick County, Maryland, council member Kirby Delauter seeking comment on a story that would include him. The things reporters and editors hate—the things I hated when I was a journalist. Misspelling the name of the media outlet in the press release? Funny, clueless Kirby Delauter.

Make Your Message Worth Sharing

Spin Sucks

Imagine the story a reporter is working on were a casual conversation. Press Releases. If there aren’t at least three reasons why a complete stranger would care about whatever you’re announcing, then it’s not news and does belong in a reporter’s inbox. Guest post by Becky Johns , author of I’m Working On It. The business world is obsessed with social media.

Ripoff Report Strikes Back: Removes Code on Site Left by Hacker

Bill Hartzer

The Ripoff Report has struck back against the so-called reputation management companies that claim to be able to remove posts about companies on the website. In a recent press release, Ripoff Report claims that they have removed code on their website that was left by a hacker hired by reputation management companies. Reputation Management

PEJ Study Shows Print Still Primary Source of Original News Reporting

Adam Sherk

Home About Contact PR Publishing SEO Social Media Subscribe Adam Sherk PEJ Study Shows Print Still Primary Source of Original News Reporting by Adam Sherk on January 11, 2010 The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism released a study today of the modern news ecosystem, examining a week of news activity in Baltimore, MD.

The Search and Social Weekly (1.1)

Josh S Peters

Nielson State Of The Media: Social Media Report 2012. Google Cutts: Links From Press Releases Won’t Help. Facebook will be releasing a tool to help quickly determine whether your image satisfies the 20% limit.” Search and Social Weekly FaceBook Nielson report SEO Social Media twitterAs always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this new feature.

3 Website Metrics to Watch Daily

Puzzle Marketer

Leverage your industry expertise in news articles and press releases. Content Marketing Online Advertising Search Engine Optimization analytics google google webmaster tools metrics reportingIf you own a website or blog then naturally you should be monitoring whether it is accomplishing your goals or not. Of course, that’s easier said than done in today’s world of endless numbers. Do you monitor your bounce rate, number of page views, sites referring your traffic, views on mobile, inbound links, outbound links, page rank? Well yes, but not necessarily every day.

Facebook Customer Satisfaction Score Hits Record Low

The Realtime Report

Users are not happy with Facebook, according to a survey released today by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).  The report indicates that an absence of traditional advertising and a superior mobile product led to Google+’s higher rating, while users complained about ads and privacy concerns on Facebook.  Click here for the press release.

23 Outstanding Social PR Guides

Webbiquity SMM

What role do press releases play in PR today? ” Why the News Release is Alive, and Well, and Thriving in the Wired World by Strategic Objectives. Forrester #CMO REPORT: Embracing Digital and Delivering Brand Experience by #SocialPR Chat. Guide to Press Release Optimization by Business Wire. Image credit: PRNews. Are they still important for SEO?

27 (of the) Best Social PR Guides and Tips of 2014

Webbiquity SMM

There are fewer professional reporters and editors, and they inundated with more noise: it’s estimated there are now four PR professionals for every full-time journalist in the U.S. Is there still a role for press releases? Guides to PR Content and Press Releases. ” The 10 Commandments of Press Release Writing by PR Breakfast Club.

20 Statistics That Will Drive 2014 Marketing Strategies [Infographic]


PR: 73% of reporters think press releases should include images. Next year’s trends highlight the importance of social media marketing. As 2013 draws to a close, marketers are looking ahead to next year when social media marketing will begin to take center stage. No longer a luxury, it will become a must-have in 2014 marketing strategies. What to expect.

Lawyers: Content Marketing Is Your Digital Handshake

Myrland Marketing

You could write press releases, but you couldn’t always count on the journalist or reporter delivering the information just as you wrote it, or giving you the credit you deserve. As we were told by reporters more than once, it’s not their job to promote our law firm. It’s their job to report the news. NEVER BEFORE. When we want to send them.

5 Tactics Bloggers Should Borrow from Traditional PR


This guest post is written by Mickie Kennedy , founder of eReleases, an online leader in affordable press release distribution. Grab a free copy of the Big Press Release Book – Press Releases for Every Occasion and Industry. The Art of the Press Release. As founder and president of eReleases, I’ve seen press releases on just about every subject imaginable. There’s no PR tactic more iconic or more broadly applicable than the press release. great press release can help you promote your blog.

Using Twitter for Effective Media Relations

Spin Sucks

The evolution of technology has moved the PR pitch away from hard copy press releases to the phone and email, but now reporters are busier than ever. Research previous articles and their areas of interest and tell the reporter exactly why you think they will be interested in the story. Today’s guest post is written by  Keredy Andrews. Pitch. Are you interested in?”

12 (of the) Best Social PR Guides, Tips and Techniques of 2011

Webbiquity SMM

How can you make a press release more friendly to blogs, Twitter and search engines? How to Turn a Blog Post into a Press Release by ProBlogger. Erika Gimbel outlines a six-step process for turning a blog post into a press release (“Both have many of the same elements: strong headlines, top-down format (most important stuff up front), etc.”

Half the SEO Techniques Used 5 Years Ago Are Now Spam

Bill Hartzer

10 Press Release Distributions (1 Press Release submit in 10 Sites). 5. Press Release writing (350+ words). Fortnightly Ranking Report. Fortnightly Full Detailed SEO Work Report in Excel. 10 Press Release Distributions (1 Press Release submit in 10 Sites). Press Release writing (350+ words). Hardly.

2015 Media Trends and State of Online Newsrooms

Proactive Report

The 2015 Media Trends and Online Newsrooms report was released this week during a webinar hosted by Sally Falkow, President of PRESSfeed and a Sr. This year the report examines five trends that are affecting the media landscape and the opportunities these trends present for brands and organizations. DOWNLOAD THE FULL INFOGRAPHIC OF THE FINDINGS. Magazine. The Trends.

The skinny on the Small World Labs – Personify merger


Despite all the noise and hopes put forth in press releases and road shows, what happens to the acquired company’s CEO is telling. With MemberFuse, my understanding is that the CEO of MemberFuse was effectively removed from his position and put into a new role with few to zero direct reports. From Michael Wilson: Hey Ben, thanks for covering the news. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CEO.

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76% of Mobile Video Ads Are Viewed In-App [Study]

The Realtime Report

Here’s a summary of the main findings from the report: engagement for mobile video ads is impressive, with CTR ranging from 1.41%-2.66%, depending on the ad format; according to the report, “results are robust even for skippable video advertising” (where viewers have the option to bypass ads). mobile video ad engagement declines with excessive ad frequency.

The Continuing Evolution of the Indian PR Landscape

Waxing UnLyrical

For example, a press event is not restricted to just calling reporters on the ground. It also means creating content for a tweet stream per the flow of the event, and continuously engaging with the reporters online and offline. Just this past month,  #GoogleHouse was a fascinating press event where updates about Google’s new product/features were unveiled.

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5 Reasons Why Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaigns Fail


good promotion strategy should include; social media, email marketing, and traditional press & PR. Lack of Press Relationships. Obviously, no one does a better job of getting the news out like journalists and reporters. Not cultivating relationships with members of the press can limit your promotion to only your personal network. Lack of Preparation. Lack of Video.

Link Building Tactics for Publishers

Adam Sherk

good way to investigate this is to review the Crawl Errors report in Google Webmaster Tools, which shows URLs with 404, 500 and other errors that Google encountered while crawling the site. While links within press releases may not have much direct SEO value, including links to specific pages calls their attention to journalists, bloggers and others who may come across the release.

TNS Global Digital Life research project: guaranteed earned media and inbound success


//. Kantar’s TNS yesterday published a press release introducing a new report, containing a mass of data, from what the company calls “The largest ever global research project into people’s online activities and behaviour” When looking at the numbers, we might indeed. Click title to read more

Journalist Social Media Usage Increases, Concerns About.

Adam Sherk

Home About Contact PR Publishing SEO Social Media Subscribe Adam Sherk Journalist Social Media Usage Increases, Concerns About Reliability of Information by Adam Sherk on January 21, 2010 Yesterday Cision released the results of their Social Media and Online Usage Study, a survey of social media usage by print and Web journalists. So I guess the takeaway there is go after the new folks.