It’s a way to keep your brand top of mind and to share the stories and announcements that will delight both the media and your audience. With a well-crafted, strategic release, you can see press coverage as well as community engagement.
Success doesn’t demand running to the latest tech and tools, although they play a part in getting the message out there. Success starts with basics. Let’s review them, then add a few new ones that have arisen due to digital transformation.
Social—think: Twitter—truncates messages. Plus, any social feed moves so fast that the headline has to capture attention immediately. “Press Release: XYZ” won’t do the trick. Also remember that Google is seeking quality content, so the “Press Release” title holds little sway, if any, with the Googlebots.
Google doesn’t guarantee crawling subheadings, but that doesn’t mean they’re a waste of time or space. Use subheadings to add context to the title. Another option is to turn the subheading into a short, succinct summary—a press release in miniature, if you will.
Get to the point immediately.
Focus on answering the “who, what, when, where, why and how” in the paragraph. Pay special attention to the “why” and “what;” they’re the reasons people will or will not read your release. Why should people care about this story? What will they get out of knowing more about a product, service, event or other news about your brand?