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3 ways to prepare a news release for a trade show

With the new year right around the corner and trade shows filling the calendar, the question of how to best convey your company’s message to the media might be starting to shadow your thoughts. Before that shadow becomes a looming, cantankerous beast, tackle it to dispel the darkness and enlighten everyone with your message.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Press Release, Trade Shows

‘National Publicist Day’: How Ivy Lee wrote the first press release


October 30. To most it’s just another day of the year. However, in the public relations and journalism worlds, it’s a day to celebrate. October 30 is National Publicist Day.

(See also: What’s the difference between publicity and public relations? Hint: PR strategists hate when we call them publicists.)

On this day in 1906, well-known public relations pioneer and productivity consultant Ivy Lee wrote the first documented press release.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, Press Release

Which is the best day to send out a news release?

You have a news release ready to go for your company, and you assume that getting it in the hands of journalists first thing on Monday morning will beat everyone to the punch. However, you should consider which day is best for your news release because there are some days that provide more benefit for your company than others.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, Press Release

Press releases going nowhere? 5 tips for getting more media coverage

Your company regularly creates press releases. You, as the PR specialist, spend time researching, writing, crafting the perfect quote and curating the best media list – only to have your release not get picked up anywhere. If radio silence from the media is the norm when it comes to your news releases, it’s time to shake things up a bit. Here are some tips to improve your news releases and media outreach approach.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, Press Release

Which press release distribution service should you use?

Some people believe that news release distribution services are a dying art. However, with so many of these sites existing, it’s hard to believe distribution services are going away anytime soon. Press release distribution services are still an effective way to spread your company’s news. And have no fear; whether you call them news releases or press releases, the distribution platforms are still the same.

News release distribution services provide a way to get your company’s news in front of numerous people, including reporters. I’ve had great success with publishing news releases on distribution sites and securing interviews and coverage. Keep in mind, however, the best way to gain media coverage is to build lasting relationships with reporters.

In my opinion, there are three giants in the industry as well as several cost-effective ways to distribute a news release. The more informed you are, the more success you’ll have in your efforts.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Press Release

How to write a press release headline

Weak headlines and first paragraphs are deal-breakers

You need strong headlines and clear opening paragraphs. News coverage is important: According to Starch Research, a news story has six times the readership and three times the credibility of an advertisement. The right PR agency can secure you the media coverage you need to grow your business and your bottom line.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, Press Release

Why do most of your press releases fail?

PR explains what you need for increased media coverage

Your company has quite a bit going on. As a result, you send out dozens of press releases announcing events, highlighting initiatives and touting all your good work – only to have them wind up in the trash basket of every journalist you sent them to. What gives?

Attracting earned media is crucial for visibility, reputation building and brand recognition. Press releases are an important component, but there are right and wrong ways to use them. With help from PR, you can learn why most press releases fail and the differences between a good press release and a great one.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Press Release, Media

Top 5 media relations practices to attract more coverage

Let PR show you how to get a reporter’s attention and keep it

Media coverage is an ideal way to educate people about your product, inform them about your events, highlight your company or feature your CEO as a thought leader in your industry. As a result, every business wants to know the secrets for obtaining more media coverage.

While there is no one-size-fits-every-company answer, there are media relations practices and habits you can adopt to increase your chances of coverage success. With help from PR, you can get the media coverage your company needs and deserves.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, Press Release

Does the press release belong in the modern PR toolkit?

PR helps you find the best way to distribute company news

Discussion about whether the press release is still relevant has been floating around the public relations community for several years now. Five years ago, a Forbes reporter called it “worthless.” If the press release was worthless five years ago, that’d make it a dinosaur today.

But, for many, thepress/news release remains a critical tool in the PR practitioner’s toolbox. So, is it dead or not?

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Press Release

5 common mistakes when contacting the media

Media relations are important to your company’s earned media coverage

I recently attended a “Meet the Media” event with a professional PR association. While there, I noticed some common mistakes PR people tend to make that turn off media personnel. Most of the frowned-upon behaviors seemed obvious, but when you’re determined to pitch a story, it’s easy to make the same mistakes.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Press Release, Media

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