Incorporating a Press Release with Your Content Marketing Strategy – A New Trend in Content Marketing

To say that the world of advertising and marketing has changed is an understatement.  This holds especially true over the last few years with the introduction of content marketing to the stage. Consumer behaviors have changed. People don’t want to be ‘sold’ products or service.  Many products or services are now coming through recommendations, much of this travelling through social media.

With a recent article we came across over at Forbes informing that millennials pretty much turn a blind eye to advertising (http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnewman/2015/04/28/research-shows-millennials-dont-respond-to-ads/#58642b205599), many keeners in the marketing industry have switched gears and adapted to content marketing.  More noticeable of recent is the incorporation of content marketing and the use of a press release service.

So how do you get your information to travel through social media? Through content marketing.  As previously mentioned in an article we published from August 2016 titled “If you Haven’t Yet Adopted Content Marketing, You are in the Minority” , content marketing has been around for eons. Just now is it starting to make sense to many; here is why.

As mentioned earlier, the buying habits of people are changing. They don’t want to be sold something; they would rather be educated on whatever they are looking for whether it is a product or a service.

For instance, those that are in the real estate industry (just an example), when we bought our first home, we did not know anything about the process.  When we were looking around online for an agent to buy our first home, if we came across an article online about ‘buying your first home’, we would have thought that would be helpful.  There are many pieces of information that business owners can share information about in their industry.  For real estate agents, there are many subjects they could write about.

When you incorporate your message through a press release service like 24-7PressRelease.com you also increase your online visibility because our distribution partners also post your news to their sites.  When your press release has been distributed, you also receive a distribution report of where your press release was posted with those partnering sites.  If your press release takes the voice of being helpful and informative to your audience, expect that your press release may also be shared with many consumers or customers within your industry. People like to share useful information.

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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.

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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.

The Top Digital Marketing Trends and Predictions for 2015 – Press Distribution Back On The Rise

Autumn is well and truly upon us already, and here at 24-7 Press Release Newswire, as experts in online PR and press release distribution online, our thoughts are turning to see what will be popular in 2015.

Being ahead of the pack is a critical consideration when looking to execute online PR campaigns, so we were pleased to come across this fantastic article,  which lists some of the top upcoming digital marketing trends and predictions for 2015 from global powerhouses in online marketing, blogging, PR, social media engagement and related areas of expertise. Click here to read the full article.2015 marketing

In a nut shell, some of the most interesting trends and predictions for 2015 include, for us:

  1.  The growth of integrated paid-for, social, PR, and shared content in 2015. This is one point that we certainly have witnessed first hand and that we have discussed in a couple of our last articles.  Not just using press release distribution to get your word out, however also including your social media component to complete your content strategy.  This means blogging about your press release after it has gone out and engaging others to comment and make comments about your press release as well.
  2.  The continued popularity of accessing content and images via smartphones.  Again, smartphones and mobile devices will continue to be the majority of users and having content and images that are mobile friendly are a must.
  3.  The increased importance of a solid digital marketing strategy. Although term has remained constant over the years, the methodology and strategy behind digital marketing continues to evolve.  No longer is a digital marketing strategy a few banner ads.  It is the whole world of online content, social networks and incorporating your social network tools into your overall marketing strategy with content that is valued by your audience.
  4.  The need to provide answers to customers’ questions using social content. Having a presence in the social network world is not enough.  Keeping content up to date is not enough.  You now also have to interact with your customers through your social media in a timely fashion.
  5.  The growth of marketers utilizing simpler strategies for better PR reach. This may be as simple as distributing a press release, sharing the press release link on all your social media channels and asking for feedback on what your customers think. Engaging your audience.  Don’t forget about your blog as well!  Making reference to your social media to and from your blog and press release are also integral in a successful campaign.  It is not just one individual tool, it is a concert of all the tools working in harmony.
  6.  The realization that in 2015, all customers expect to see value from content. In the press release distribution industry, we still see individuals that submit a press release that sounds like either an advertisement or a rant. Unfortunately, these are also rejected because they are of little value to any audience.  Whether it is writing a press release an article or a blog post, content into 2015 will continue to be king.

Although we have added a few of our own comments (that we have seen from being in the industry), it truly is a must-read article – and if you value your online PR reach, impact and effectiveness, please check it out here

For other tips and information about how to write a successful press release and maximize your press distribution, click here. To find out more on how to use a press release as a building block for creating a brand or the best ways to integrate with your marketing, click here.

Are You Integrating Press Release Distribution and Your Social Media Together? If Not, You Should Be! Here is Why…

PR For Your Business“Press release distribution has changed more in the last 5 years than in the previous 50 years” comments Michael Iwasaki, managing partner with 24-7 Press Release Newswire. “The last 18 months in particular have been extremely significant for the way online news is now handled, distributed and viewed.” continued Iwasaki.

Many of these changes have become more apparent because of how search engines now look at and handle content. If you distribute a press release that is of poor quality, it is now likely to be flagged as ‘thin content’.  This is fantastic because it has created a drop off of poor press release content where people were trying to spam the search engines with keyword links.

People are starting to understand that a well written press release distributed to credible news channels still has huge value. This is especially true when they integrate this with their social media.

At 24-7 Press Release Newswire, when a customer distributes a press release, we encourage them to share their press release link on their social media. We can clearly see the businesses that do this and the ones that do not. The number of social shares on one that has been posted to active social media accounts is significantly greater. This is also beneficial because by doing so, you are updating your own audience of followers and alike. You also never know what journalist or blogger may be looking at or following your social media channels.

So what should you walk away with after reading this? Press release distribution has changed from just sending out a press release and being passive, to sharing that link on all your social media channels (blog included) and engaging your audience to participate in comments. This will maximize your exposure not only through the company you used to distribute your news, but to your own direct audience.

The Link Between Online PR and Social Media Marketing – Proven!

Social Media PRAt 24-7 Press Release  Newswire, we’ve seen the increasing link between online PR and social media marketing in the last 12 months – and it’s getting more critical as 2014 races on.

As a well-established provider of online press release distribution and online PR services across the world, seeing the growing prominence of social media marketing – and how this affects the success of online PR campaigns, has become a highly important factor in achieving impact and reach online.

We came across an interesting article here from the excellent social media information network and blog at Bufferapp.com, which highlighted a few surprising statistics about social media marketing and the effect it has on gaining attention online:

 

* Your biggest advocates on social media also have the fewest Followers.

* According to the Mention website, 91% of mentions come from those with less than 500 Followers. Most of these are potential Brand advocates.

* Fewer than one in 10 of every mention will come from a ‘Power User’, or someone with a large number of Followers.

* There are six well-defined communication networks on Twitter – check out the visual here.

* Original, well-written content still outperforms visual content: however, visuals are a very important part of the marketing mix. Ideally, written content with visuals works best.

* Over half of marketers (58%) claim written content is their most important form of social media content. Only 19% of marketers voted visual content as the most successful pat of their online marketing campaigns.

* Brands have less than 60 minutes to respond to customers on Twitter to be effective – check out the visual here to find out why.

* Do re-tweeting late at night, ideally between 10-11pm: this is effective because share volumes are lower and the chance of gaining attention is higher.

* Facebook promotions work best on Fridays – a social intelligence report from Adobe demonstrated that when posted on Facebook on a Friday, content received more Likes, more Shares, and more Comments than any other day.

* The Top 3 social media sites for driving traffic are Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

* Visual content is increasingly important on Facebook, helping to drive 87% of all engagement on the platform.

 

Check out the full article here – there’s some excellent social media statistics to be aware of when you’re planning your next online PR campaign.

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

Top Seven Tips for Effective Press Release Effectiveness

Press Release WritingAt 24-7 Press Release, we came across an informative article (hyperlink with http://www.toprankblog.com/2005/10/lowdown-on-press-release-optimization/) that made some great points about the benefits and relevance of press release optimization.

As a leading provider of online press release and news distribution, this is a subject very close to our hearts, and one that is more important than ever before when considering online PR.

Remember that press release optimization is no longer simply about linking keywords – Google can now tell the specific words within an online press release, and even within the press release title itself.

Another key element is to ensure that your press release is written for a human audience, and that the press release content is useful and engaging – for further hints and tips on this, please visit here.

Sometimes, we see press release headlines that are pure jargon and keyword mumbo-jumbo. The essential thing to remember is to write a quality press release that people gain value from – and want to share around their social and online networks to increase their usefulness to their connections.

Our top seven tips regarding press release optimization are:

1. It’s not about writing and publishing an online advertisement, then calling it a press release.

2. Writing a press release packed with information and attribution from experts within your business delivers long-term value for press release optimization.

3. Optimizing is a horrible word – why not consider it as simply writing a press release that will get attention with the media, bloggers and your targeted audience instead. Optimizing has the connotation your sole purpose is for search engine enhancement.

4. Keep the public readership and journalistic audiences updated regularly – but only if your press releases have something meaningful to say or add online.

5. Only include one or two hyperlinks in your press release, to ensure that any visits from the content are really worthwhile destinations for the reader. Do not include keyword rich links.

6. Remember that you’re writing a press release and not a blog post – both are very different ways of writing online, and should be constructed appropriately.

7. Share your online press release link throughout your social media networks – 24-7 Press Release does this throughout our social media platforms and profiles, but you should be doing it too, to increase the readership rate for your online PR.

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