A fast, easy, FREE way to gain recognition for your new startup, is with an old school press release. Today many mistakenly feel that press releases are out of vogue, yet 75% of journalists surveyed say they still want to get them. Learn why you need to add press releases to your startup's communication plan.






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Written by swssem
3633 days ago

Your points are right-on, and remind me that when hype on new tech starts feeling over-the-top, it's usually time to return to the basics. Then tie the basics to the new stuff, add wisdom to innovation. Your quote is perfect: "Your information-packed, clever headline is a Tweet waiting to take flight."

Thanks for the post.



Written by kvereecke
3627 days ago

Thanks! I agree with you about returning to the basics. It feels like everyone has gotten so caught up in what's new, that we've forgotten what works!



Written by amabaie
3647 days ago

Speaking top your title, the proper name is indeed "news release". You release news - not the press. In Russia, they might need a press release, but over here the press is already free. And so are the broadcast media (which I assume would also be sent the "press" release, even if "press' refers specifically to print.



Written by frankstrong
3618 days ago

Yeah, that's an often debated term. Interesting thing about small businesses, research shows small business owners prefer the words "press release" over "news release." Why? News release sounds like it's harder. This is important if you are trying to reach small businesses in search. Besides, there are plenty of broadcast journalists that belong to the National Press Club. There are probably better arguments to be had.



Written by lyceum
3647 days ago

Kathy Ver Eecke: Great tips on how to get news coverage. I recently signed up for an account at MyPRGenie for my online venture TeaParty.nu.

If you are interested in the future of PR, I recommend you to read Stefan Engeseth's book, The Fall of PR & the Rise of Advertising. You could download a PDF version of the book for free.



Written by kvereecke
3647 days ago

Thanks! I'll check it out.



Written by kvereecke
3647 days ago

Heather: thanks so much! It makes me crazy to say that releases aren't used any more when, in fact, no matter how you get the attention of a journalist, they're ultimately going to need specific information to write the story. Typically the information they need is exactly what you would write in a press release.

If readers follow the link to the site, there's also a free downloadable press release template with additional tips!

thanks again Heather



Written by yoni67
3647 days ago

Congrats on your topic going HOT...oh, about 5 minutes from now...



Written by kvereecke
3647 days ago

Wow. From your keypad to the internet's ears. (too corny?)

thanks Yoni67!



Written by HeatherStone
3647 days ago

This is a great article on how to hand-craft your press releases and get the most out of your message. It gives the ins and outs of the tried-and-true press release format and tells you how to showcase it using the tools of new media. A solid post with usable info covering all the bases. Great job, Kathy!



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