What's New With You? How to Write a Press Release
Writing a newsworthy press release means being able to find a newsworthy angle to you, your business, or your product and pitch it to the media using an accepted press release template.
The purpose of a press release is to briefly state your case to the media so someone will want to write about you, your business, or your product. The key ingredient is proving that your story is newsworthy.
Learning how to write a good press release is not much different than any other writing you do to promote yourself, your business and your products. As always, the focus has to be not on all of the above, but on your reader. The only differences are in the format, and you can find press release templates all over the web easily. Think about content only for now.
Your content is very basic "who, what, where, when and why" info. The "why" is, why is it newsworthy?
Here are the steps you need to go through to plan your angle, your "hook". You may be thinking, "I'm not newsworthy."You may be happy to learn that there is no need to be. You have to find something that IS newsworthy that connects with your product.
Where do you get your news from? You probably get it from a combination of places. My news comes from forums, blogs and television. Perhaps you find out your news from neighbors, chats, and newspapers. It doesn't matter where. There's a certain celebrity that likes to tell us what's "hot", so take notice of what's in the news that pertains to your business.
I'm a writer. I get ideas from the strangest places. It took watching a television show for me to remember that college students are on spring break currently. College kids are all about writing, now I'm thinking of what they write. I could write a report on how to write a research paper and have it ready for when they're back to school. How many of them will be panicking about getting that paper written before finals?
Is there anyone else living on this continent, besides me, that is mostly ignorant about hand-held communication devices? Even so, it appears to me that new uses are turning up daily. Maybe something in this area applies to your business.
Two houses down from me the city is turning a playground into a dog park. Dog parks seem to be springing up everywhere. I would think there would be socialization issues here; suddenly all these dogs that have been walked on leashes all their lives are running free. If you had a dog website, how to train your dog to play well with others would be a good topic for an ebook or report and featuring training aids (are there any new ones?)
Once you've found your "newsworthiness" angle, your press release will almost write itself. Remember, it's all about the readers that the media contact will be writing for. What's in it for them? At the very end of any press release template, there's a paragraph that is usually referred to as the "boilerplate". This is very simply your "elevator speech" about your website or business. It's that two sentence, 15-second description that you use everywhere you're asked what it is that you do.
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