Content Marketing, More Businesses Incorporate a Press Release Into Their Content Marketing Strategy.

Content marketing & PR

Content marketing & PR

24-7 Press Release Newswire news distribution services, is continually scouring the web in search of keeping current with what is new and latest trends. This is an ongoing practice because of how quickly changes occur within our industry.

During our research, we came across an enlightening article over at Forbes Magazine, titled ‘Everything You Need to Know About How Content Marketing is Changing’. This article may be found here.

Many points in the article, written by contributing editor, Sujan Patel, were informative and practical. Many of these points should be considered when you are planning and writing your press release. After all, 24-7 Press Release Newswire is well aware that a press release is and should be a component of your content marketing strategy.

The first point, a greater emphasis on valuable content could not be truer. You get one shot at it (especially if you are distributing a press release to the media); make your content better than anyone else. Perhaps ensure you have some actionable takeaways.

As we mentioned in a comment at the article page and through various articles on our website, video is still king and continues to increase in popularity. This trend will continue. Attaching a video to your press release is an excellent way to share your message. Make sure you keep your video as close to, or under 1 minute. Once you go over one minute, attention spans drop off drastically. Ideally, under 30 seconds is best, but may be challenging. You do not have to look far to see the impact of video messaging on popular platforms like Facebook. A video can help draw the reader further into your content.

One statement in particular, in Patel’s article really hit home. The statement of “If you’ve been relying on social media to push out content, then it’s time to look for other channels and niches to get the word out.” This is exactly what we have been mentioning and a main reason for using a press release within your content marketing strategy. Using a press release is an excellent channel for distributing your message, as long as you maintain the correct tone. This means ensuring that what you have written is not an article or advertisement.

Three other points mentioned are also significant and are not to be under estimated. The first point is about content becoming more personalized and specific to audiences. When crafting your content, targeting a specific audience can go a long way. Keep your messaging informative, and personalized, yet professional. After all, the press release medium is very competitive. You need to grab the reader’s attention with a strong headline and an enticing lead in.Adding a press release into the mix.

More and more people are investing in press releases as a part of their overall content marketing strategy. They are extending the information they have used in other content to the media. Content experts are becoming the leader in their industry by sharing helpful information. They are sharing information their audience can take away and do something with. When this transpires, there is a perceived value to that information. That information is then shared and if it is really helpful or informative, the information may even go viral.

With all that being said, how could a content marketing strategy look with an article, you’re social media and the incorporation of a press release?

You could first start with an article that pertains to your area expertise, targeting your audience or market. This article could be followed up with a press release where you could potentially include other businesses, or individuals that are using your new widget or product. This could also include some statistical information if you are willing to share that with your audience. Statistical information could include a record number of units sold or users using your widget. You could then include links to your original article.

The day your press release is distributed (24-7 Press Release Newswire has excellent value press distribution packages, be sure to inquire about them), you can share the link of your press release on your social media channels where it could potentially be liked, or even re-shared over and over again. Share the link of your press release on your Twitter page; accompany the link with a paragraph follow up for your Facebook post. This in turn continues to create more exposure. Sometimes asking friends to share your link on their social media can go a long way.

We have seen an increase by many businesses incorporating a press release within their content marketing strategy, providing them with excellent results. The key is to remain consistent and keep the information interesting and of value. This is not a one off strategy and needs to have some thought and a game plan around it. Depending on your business model may mean including different areas of business within your business or organization.

Press Release Distribution at 24-7 Press Release Newswire, What are the Differences?

24-7 Press Release Newswire Press Release Distribution PackagesAs of recent our 24-7 Press Release Distribution customer service centre has received a number of enquiries about the difference between two of our top end press distribution packages. This would include our Integrated Media Pro and Mass Media Visibility packages. Information on these press distribution packages may be found here (http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/price_plan_imp.php)

To start with, both packages are truly excellent press packages for reaching the media and increasing your online visibility. The more extensive difference is our Mass Media Visibility press distribution package includes distribution through PR Newswire. The added distribution includes their 4,500 websites, databases and online services. Some of these services include Yahoo Finance, MSNBC, MarketWatch and the Bizjournals. This means exceptional distribution for a reasonable price.Press Release Distribution Packages

Both packages offer your press release to be made available to the 30,000 journalists at the Associated Press. Both packages also offer next day distribution, image attachments and inclusion to our media desk for journalists & bloggers. Our media desk may be found at http://mediadesk.24-7pressrelease.com.

So when should you choose which package?

We typically advise our customers if your press release requires publication through Yahoo News (for extra enhanced news exposure), or MSNBC, then select the Mass Media Visibility package. Another question to ask is ‘can you truly see your press release published in a paper like The New York Times? Do you honestly believe you have something so unique or ground breaking, that The New York Times would take notice? Is the quality of your writing up to par with what you would find in a major publication like that? If you are in doubt or not sure of the quality of your press release, acquire a second opinion. This could come from someone like a colleague or friend.Purpose of Press Release

Does 24-7 Press Release Newswire distribute news, or make your news available to major publications like The New York Times or USA Today? Yes. Do we guarantee that your press release will be chosen by them and that you will be contacted by a journalist from a major publication? No, we do not. This may seem fairly obvious; however we would not be publishing this if we did not receive a large number of inquiries to warrant writing this.

To be clear, we are not saying that major publications would not look at a ‘smaller business’ press release, or new start-up news, however the reality is they prefer mainstream business news from major known corporations.

Another reason to choose our Mass Media Visibility package is the dual reporting you receive when your press release is distributed. Two reports are sent, one for PR Newswire and one from 24-7 Press Release Newswire.

Many of our customers typically alternate between the Integrated Media Pro with the Mass Media Visibility package to maintain their exposure. One week they may use one package, a few weeks later, they may choose the other package.

No matter what press distribution package you select, you must always ensure a top quality written press release. Anything less than remarkable (this includes a catchy headline), may be lost in the masses.

We strive to keep you up to date with the latest information on press release writing styles, marketing tips (content marketing included) and of course, what is happening in the world of SEO. We encourage you to frequently visit our PR Knowledge Base Distribution packages that are affordable.(http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/kb_articles.php) to be kept up to date on the latest. A few headlines worth taking note of include:

These are just a few recent tips and information to help you succeed with your campaign. PDF writing tips may be found here:

24-7 Press Release Newswire is a privately held news distribution company that works with marketing and public relations companies locally and internationally to help better service their customers by providing effective, affordable solutions for news distribution.

News is distributed through a multi-channel process to major news outlets, journalists, online social media and bloggers through its network of partners and journalists including Associated Press, PR Newswire, AllVoices, Acquire Media, Financial Content to name a few.

Being in the press distribution business for over 12 years, the company celebrates its position as one of the leading press release distribution services offering high-quality distribution at a moderate price point, making it accessible to all sizes of business.

Press Release Distribution During the Holidays & Becoming an Editor’s Best Friend…

gas pedalJust when you thought it might be time to put the brakes on for your marketing efforts over the holidays, you may actually want to think about stepping on the accelerator.

News distribution company, 24-7 Press Release Newswire (http://www.24-7pressrelease.com), have just published an article on our main site discussing the benefits of distributing a press release during the holidays. This article also includes a couple of key dates you will want to avoid.

Read about it here: http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/article/16/247-press-release-newswire-press-release-distribution-during-the-holidays-why-this-is-a-prime-time-for-distributing-a-press-release-plus-some-dos-and-donts

So, how well do you really know journalists in your industry or region? Not that well? You may want to consider getting to know them. On top of that, when you do send them your press release, you will want to make sure that you follow these five factors that will help make your press release newsworthy. Read about them here: http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/article/14/becoming-an-editors-best-friend-writing-something-newsworthy

During the holiday, just because people are not physically present in their chair in an office, does not mean that they are not reading news and have access from home. When everyone else is letting off the gas, press the accelerator and be seen!

24-7 Press Release Newswire asks: “Do you know the ideal time for press release distribution? If you don’t, you might be losing readers!”

Marketing and your brand

Marketing and your brand

As a member of the press release distribution industry for more than 10 years, 24-7 Press Release Newswire has seen almost everything and recognizes that timing is a significant factor when you distribute your press release.

We have seen all the presentations, articles and info-graphics discussing what is the ideal time to post to certain social media. For example, an article over at slideshare.net (http://www.slideshare.net/TrackMaven/when-to-postslidesharepdf), says that the time when most brands tweet is during the work week, with a peak on Thursdays. Over the weekend, there is a significant drop. The most popular hours during the week are 9am – 6pm, with the peak hour being 12pm – 1pm. This seems contradictory to the next statistic that shows tweets receive the most re-tweets on Sundays.

Here’s an interesting statistic: 87 percent of the time, brands publish to their blog during the week, with the peak time being Tuesday and Wednesday. This coincides with press release distribution.

So why are Tuesdays and Wednesdays a peak time for press release distribution? We have found that the work week can be psychological. It would appear that Mondays are the busiest day. Individuals that may have taken a long weekend (by taking the Friday off) are catching up. Because most people are catching up on a Monday, they may tend to push “online news readership” off until they have caught up with all their work. Meetings also tend to take place on a Monday, as they may lay groundwork for the rest of the week. Tuesday is typically the day that the majority of people have caught up with their work and can afford some time to “browse around.” For the most part, this also is true for Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Friday is a different day all together. It is one that most people tend to take off when they are looking to extend their weekend and it is also a time where many tend to be a little more “social” and less focused at the office. Although some people may choose Monday as the day to extend their weekend, in our experience, it is far more common to choose Friday for that purpose. This is why Friday also is not an ideal time for press distribution. Because the weekend is soon upon people, many tend to mentally check out around noon on Friday and play catch up on Monday morning.

This does not happen in every office and every industry, but this is what we have found through our experience over the years and as we talk with our many clients. So the next time you schedule your press release distribution time, you may want to consider scheduling it for Tuesday, Wednesday or perhaps Thursday, unless your press release is extremely time sensitive. As a rule of thumb, weekends also should be avoided.

For more information on timing of when to distribute your press release, click here.

Are you not quite familiar with a press release and would like to learn more? Click here.

Another Google Update, Find out Who and What Industries Were Affected. Does Distribution of Your Press Release Make a Difference?

Google Panda 4.1 - Were you affected?What we do know is that the battle against spam and thin content by Google in ongoing. The latest update, Panda 4.1 certainly created some ripples in the search world by affecting between 3% – 5% of Search Queries during the cleanup.

The bottom line is that low quality content sites were affected more than sites with decent content. According to an article over at SearchMetrics, News, Content Sites and Download Portals were the winners in this latest update.

At 24-7 Press Release Newswire, we can certainly attest that our rankings were affected positively. According to some of our customers they were also affected positively. This does not mean we are laying claim to the concept of distributing a press release will assist with your rankings, however the coincidence is certainly interesting.

The key here is focusing on quality content. If you have a Google Webmasters account, you may remember a few months back, Google sending out notifications of ‘thin content’ warnings. If you adhered to these notifications and removed this content, then you were more than likely ok. If you left the content and buried your head in the sand, then you may have been affected by the latest update.

Just because news sites were affected positively (and potentially those using them) does not mean that it is alright to run out to your nearest press release service and disseminate garbage that will not have any value to your audience. It means that when you do submit your press release you really need to pay attention to the quality of it. Part of the quality factor also makes reference to the structure of your release. Structure means using your company name in the headline, using attribution and quoting an individual from the company within the body and finishing with a company boilerplate.

A press release is not an opportunity to stuff your press release with key words. It is also not an opportunity to be a sales pitch or advertisement. It should be a sound, compelling story for journalists. In turn this will hopefully create enough interest for them to want to contact you to follow up further.

Publishing a well written press release that garners eyeballs and attention is a sure fire way to increase your online visibility while potentially helping with search results through republication, social media comments & sharing of your news. It is not the all and end all of a marketing strategy. The press release is a tool in your marketing toolkit that should be integrated and shared with your social media on a regular basis as long as you have interesting compelling news to share.

To find out more information on the latest Panda 4.1, check out these resources:

http://blog.searchmetrics.com/us/2014/09/26/panda-update-4-1-winners-losers-google-u-s

http://searchengineland.com/games-lyrics-sites-google-panda-4-1s-biggest-losers-204504

 

For more information on writing an excellent boilerplate, we found this resource HERE. For a WikiPedia definition of a boilerplate, click HERE

At 24-7PressRelease, I was Shocked to Have a Customer Call me up and ask me the Following…

Press Release Metrics and Performance tracking.

Press Release Metrics and Performance tracking.

Customers love the statistics that we offer and also love our ‘proof of distribution report’ that we send out with sampling links to partnering sites of where their story may be found. This is only part of what goes on behind the scenes the morning their press release is distributed. Once distributed, we keep track of everything from headline impressions and number of times a story has been read. We wanted to share a story from a recent customer in Asheville, North Carolina.

I was working away when our customer service line began to ring. Slightly distracted, I answered the call. It was a customer who had recently used our press distribution service inquiring about his statistics. His name is Rob and he had recently published a book titled “Fearless Medicine, Helping Children and Adults Overcome Fear in a Medical Setting”.

Stepping back a few days prior to his release being distributed, he had inquired about what my thoughts were about his release and the subject matter, etc. My personal thought was ‘wow, I think he is on to something here’ (his press release title of “How to Hold a Two Inch Needle and Still Make a Child Smile”). This may have been in part because of my own personal fear of needles.

Rob called to inquire if the statistics he had looked at were considered decent results. You can imagine my shock when he had advised me that his press release had made over 90,000 headline impressions on various partnering sites, and over 900+ actual views of his press release! I believed it was a decent subject, but did not think it would receive that type of viewership!

Rob did an excellent job on this press release by keeping it short and to the point and by also including some points in bold. His press release may be found HERE.

I never did get the chance to ask him if he had also shared the link to his press release on his social media sites, but would imagine that he might have given his social media stats also appeared decent.

Sharing a press release through your social media channels (Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn) while asking questions in the process is an excellent way to engage your followers, customers and target audience. This is really a process that completes the process.

Interested in distributing a press release? We would love to help you increase your online exposure. Visit http://www.24-7pressrelease.com.

Our Top Six Online PR Blogs of 2014

Marketing and your brand

Marketing and your brand

As our 3rd quarter for 2014 draws to a close, the management team here have been reviewing our blog from January to September.

And as a quick resource for our regular readers and new visitors to our online PR blog, we decided to collate our top six blog posts in one place for the year so far.  The reason we choose this time of year rather than waiting until the end of the year is because our captive audience is much grander.  We have found in the past that typically in the last quarter, many people are in a holiday mode and we do not reach as many in the marketing arena.  That plus the fact that this is one of the busiest times as business owners prepare for their Fall marketing campaigns.

So, here’s our favorite, and most popular, online PR blog posts of 2014:

* 19 reasons why photography is the biggest influence in social PR. (here)

* How do journalists source stories? (here)

* How to use social media to achieve ultimate exposure for your press release (here)

* Have you heard of the ‘snackable’ press release? (here)

* The link between social media marketing and online PR – proven! (here)

* The best social media tools to boost your online PR campaigns (here)

We hope that you’ll find these online PR blog posts valuable, and that you’ll continue to utilize our blogging resources for the remainder of 2014 and in 2015 too, of course!

If you have any queries or questions about our ranges of press release distribution services, please feel free to get in touch.

As a leader in the press release distribution industry for medium sized businesses, 24-7 Press Release Newswire (http://www.24-7pressrelease.com) continues to keep on top of current marketing trends and technologies. If you are looking to distribute a press release with us and are not quite sure how to craft it, we encourage you to visit our Knowledge Base Articles section here.  This section is loaded with excellent information on marketing, writing tips and much more.

The Top 100 Digital, Marketing, Comms and PR Blogs of 2014

PR For Your BusinessWe spend a lot of time monitoring the Web at 24-7 Press Release News and as 2014 is drawing quickly to a close, we’ve been considering some of the most useful online resources, blogs and interesting websites for our clients to gain value from.

And we also came across a fantastic article here, listing the Top 100 digital, marketing and communications blogs of the previous year. It’s a brilliant resource! A listing that everyone in PR or marketing should know about.

For us, anything that enables our clients to increase their knowledge, and then provide more powerful online PR campaigns is what it’s all about.

One of the most important things, we feel, from reviewing the leading blog resources highlighted in the Top 100 article is that all good blogs – whether they’re covering marketing, communications, digital marketing, PR, online PR, or all of the above – are providing strong, useful, valuable content for readers.

This is a critical consideration when planning your online PR campaigns for 2015: is your PR content delivering real value to your target audience?

The Top 100 list is a great resource, and we’ll be hoping that our readers find it valuable beyond 2014. Our leading online PR distribution blog is also worth a closer look.

Are you preparing your next press distribution campaign? If so, you may want to check out our resource knowledge base library on our website here to here to assist you with your strategy.

If you have any queries or questions about our ranges of press release distribution services, please feel free to get in touch with us, we would love to hear from you!

Future Marketing Trends to Watch Out For in 2015

Is use of a press release still good for marketing?24-7 Press Release Newswire, a leading provider of press release distribution services online constantly pays attention to marketing trends, trends which may even be a few months out. During a research, we came across some future marketing trends for 2015 that we wanted to share as we felt they were valuable.  Check them out here.

Looking ahead – especially seeing as the New Year is rapidly approaching – it’s important for marketers, online marketers, PRs and marketing managers to look at the top predictions for marketing next year.

Some of the most interesting items, for us, to come out of the slideshow are:

In the USA, 25% of web users are mobile-only, never using a laptop or PC. – This is an incredible statistic, particularly if you are an online only retailer.  If you are not mobile ready by now, your competition is and is also far ahead of you!

Email marketing is going to remain an important part of the marketing mix. – Our take is that as long as people have email, these campaigns will never go by the wayside.

The art of storytelling through effective PR campaigns will remain critical. – This is huge.  At 24-7 Press Release News, we have started to see a pickup in the press release distribution industry.  As marketers and SEO individuals begin to put Panda and Penguin aside when thinking of a press release, they begin to see and experience the true value of a press release when integrated into their social media plan.  This means sharing your press release, posting to assorted communities and of course your blog.  Long gone are the days of keyword linking.  Content is king.

We know the importance of using valuable content and superb visual images in online PR campaigns, to create a memorable experience for the reader. The statistics back this up, especially for images.

One of our favorite maxims in delivering effective online PR is ‘don’t monitor the News, become the News’ – and consistent provision of News through online press release distribution helps our clients to move towards this goal.

There’s some really useful visuals, statistics and eye opening content in the slideshow – take a closer look here.

If you have any queries or questions about our ranges of press release distribution services, please feel free to get in touch here.

Public Relations, a Press Release and Advertising are Different

Over time,Journalists Source Stories public relations, marketing and communications professionals used to be able to send the right message to the proper audience at the appropriate moment. There were direct connections between journalists & media contacts with PR individuals. Over time and especially with the maturity of the Internet and of course, now, social media you end up with many companies taking it upon themselves to do their own PR. This is in hopes of saving a few dollars.

What is wrong with this approach? If you have a PR background and are familiar with the process, steps and the proper way to communicate your message then you are more than likely going to be fine. If you look at a couple of videos and read a couple articles and now think you are a PR expert, you may want to re-think your strategy.

Press release distribution used to be about getting a properly crafted message to the proper individuals in a way that they are used to receiving it. This includes the format of the press release. In today’s online marketplace, many make the mistake of treating a press release as an opportunity to sell their product or service, as an advertisement. This is not the correct way to go about distributing your press release.

In an article we came across over at Carter West PR, Sara delves further into the best way to maximize your exposure with your audience. At 24-7 Press Release Newswire, we were pleased to see that the use of press release distribution (amongst other methods) was at the top of her list. This also includes using a press release properly to maximize your exposure.

Sara also discusses some excellent information regarding content marketing and social media. We recommend you check out her post here.

For further marketing articles, includi9ng ‘Becoming an Editor’s Best Friend: Writing Something Newsworthy’, ‘Integrating Public Relations to Help Your Company Grow’, and ‘Press Releases: Building Blocks for Creating a Brand’, check out our PR knowledge base here.