Press Releases for Every Occasion
To many marketers, the press release is something of a "one size
Of course, smart Publicity Insiders already know that's a
There's no such thing as a "one size fits all" release. Smart
(Note: for a general introduction to press release writing and
Let's look at some releases suitable for "harder" and more timely
The News Release
To some folks, "news release" and "press release" are
Tell the entire story in the headline and subhead. Again, don't
Add a "dateline" (Akron, OH) at the beginning of your lead
In distributing the release, use e-mail, fax, or even overnight
Executive Appointment Release
Most businesses send out a brief release and headshot when
For example, Jane Smith has been hired as your company's new
The key ingredient is context. Your headline may still look
Dateline the release, fax (or even messenger), email or regular
The Media Alert
The Media Alert is a deceptively simple creature. It's
The point of the Media Alert is to, in just a few seconds, tell a
First, a word about format. Use standard press release headings
Now here's the key paragraph,
Why You Should Cover WidgetFest 2004: The brightest young minds
The key? This line: "The event will be a visual feast, with a
Bill Stoller, the "Publicity Insider", has spent two decades as
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Do-It-Yourself PR: An Accident Waiting to Happen
Early in my career as a public relations consultant, I remember standing in a group of people at a business function and listening to one man's tale of woe. It seems the founder and president of a small and growing business was bewildered about his lack of media attention.
Killer Press Kits - Press Kits That Demand Attention
So, you've had your book published or you've gone the self-published route, but what do you do now?You contact a newspaper, radio or television station requesting an interview and they ask you to send them a press kit.First of all, don't panic.
Media Contact Lists and How to Build a Fantastic One
I got the latest issue of Internet Works in the post yesterday and was disappointed to find out that it's going to be the last. As well as having the good taste to run a feature on me last year (!) Internet Works has been a great source of information and ideas for me for the last couple of years and it's demise will leave a gap.
How PR Makes a Managers Life Easier
Things are pleasant for many business, non-profit or association managers when their public relations people deliver newspaper and talk show mentions, informative brochures and videos, and special events that attract a lot of people.But things could be much more pleasant for those managers if their PR teams were to deliver the kind of behavior change among their key outside audiences that leads directly to achieving their managerial objectives.
Best Approach For Free Advertisement
Product/service publicity is the superhighway to business success everyone dreams. Then imagine having your product/service written on newspapers, trade publications, aired on radio and viewed on television absolutely for free!!! That's going to skyrocket your profit target only if you know how to use the best method of getting free publicity.
PRs Big Bang Theory
Lots of theories out there about public relations.Everything from "publicity's the thing!," "the care and feeding of reputations and "sales support is primary" to "gain and hold public acceptance," and "issue management's the thing.
Add Some Firepower to your PR
Sure, as tactics usually presented to business, non-profit and association managers, special events, brochures and news releases are fine.But they're not the high-octane PR firepower you need to deliver growth results like new proposals for strategic alliances and joint ventures; accelerating prospect contacts; rising membership applications; customers making repeat purchases; rebounds in showroom visits, or capital givers and specifying sources looking your way.
Whats Your Op-Ed?
Everyone has an opinion on something, and you can leverage the opinion of top executives to heighten the visibility of your organization. How? By getting them to write so-called op/ed pieces for newspapers.
6 Steps to Using Trade Magazines To Reach Customers
When developing a publicity campaign for their business many owners overlook the importance of trade magazines and journals as vehicles for reaching new customers. While mass media publications have widespread readership, the targeted nature of trade publications make the information that appears within them even more powerful.
PR: Ouch! Tells the Tale
Ever get the feeling that your public relations program isn't doing much about the behaviors of your important outside audiences? Those audiences whose actions have the greatest impacts on your business?Chances are your PR effort is focused primarily on communi- cations tactics and not on the process needed to really move those key audience perceptions, and thus behaviors in your direction.Which means you've missed out on the sweet spot of public relations.
Put Yourself in the Reporters Shoes
Imagine you're the technology reporter at a daily newspaper. You learn that a new computer virus is making the rounds on the Net and you find that it has shut down three local banks within the past few hours.
4th Quarter 2003 Publicity = 1st Quarter 2004 Prosperity
As the year starts to wind down, many businesses and entrepreneurs are making plans and budgets for the year 2004. Those plans could include anything from setting up goals for new products to preparing marketing, sales and PR/publicity campaigns.
Writing a Press Release: The Design Basics
Big corporations like General Motors and Coca-Cola spend thousands of dollars on press kits with specially-designed folders, full-color stationery, digital photos and lots of other goodies. Does this make a reporter more likely to do their story? In my experience, the answer is no.
Knowing the Community
You are in business for yourself, but how well do you know your customers and community? A good way to become better at understanding your community is to develop spread sheet databases of service clubs in your town with contact names, phone numbers, email addresses and brief descriptions. You should know all of the Volunteer Support / Service Clubs in your town.
Marketing-Minded Financial Planners: Get Free Publicity by Choosing the Right Outlets
Sure, any publicity is good. But don't invest time and effort to be in "Lucky: The Magazine for Shopping" if your major topic is planning for college.
Why You Should Write a Book (Even if You Really Dont Want To)
Recently, I told a friend (who's a business owner) that she needed to write a book. Although she's a good writer with terrific ideas, she said, "Do I really have to do it?"For her -- and for those of you who have a business -- the answer is yes.
The Story The Media Really Wants
If you're like most of my clients, you're probably interested in getting the media to cover the success of your business. These "business success stories" can be used for future marketing efforts -- including reprints of the story in your marketing materials or on your Web site, or framing the article and hanging it in your office.
Auto Detailing Public Relations; United Way Withholding
As a mobile detailing company it is important to have some key corporate accounts where you can show up weekly and wash and detail cars for executives. One promotion you can do to help secure such accounts is to join in with the United Way in their promotion.
Publicity Wont Thrive on Press Releases Alone
Press releases are a useful tool for announcing news and for keeping your name in the mind of the news media.But you can't build a successful publicity campaign on press releases alone, for the simple reason that very few press releases ever make it into the paper.
How PR Helps Managers Win
Anything that lets managers achieve their managerial objectives is a winner.It's a bullseye when the right public relations alters individual perception leading to changed behaviors among key outside audiences.
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