The more news content that fills the web, the more creative you must become when writing your press release. Do you think your press release will be the only one to hit the wires in the morning? Sorry to disappoint you, however your next press release is one of hundreds of thousands that go out in a given day. Think of it as just being just another star in the galaxy. What is going to give you that extra glimmer?
It is no longer a world of ‘send it and they will read it’. In fact, that world has not existed in a long time. Too make things more complex, it is not enough to have your audience simply read what you have written. You probably want them to take action.
Using an enticing headline is a good start. This could be asking the user a question that gets into their head such as if you are targeting a parental audience, the question of ‘Are you a Responsible Parent?’ – It is in the nature of most people require positive affirmation, so, you grab their attention because of their curiosity to ensure that they are indeed a good, responsible parent. Take it another step further by adding a simple statement like ‘Find out by taking this quiz’. This again adds an element of curiosity and a challenge that people like.
From this headline, you could lead into a short story talking about some irresponsible parents. Why would someone want to read about ‘irresponsible parents’? The same reason people slow down for car accidents and watch the news.
Simple headlines for a press release like ‘ABC Widgets Announces new Director of Communications’ no longer cut it unless ‘ABC Widgets’ is a major international corporation that is publicly traded on a major stock exchange.
Other content you could incorporate into a press release is content that provides resources to your audience. Perhaps tie this into numbered lists like. ‘Here are 7 of our top resources for becoming the best parent in the world’.
Keep your content meaningful and interesting to your audience and don’t forget to add your call to action. The online world is changing and you need to be that slightly taller blade of grass to stand out in the field of news that inundates journalists on a daily basis.
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