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.

24-7 Press Release Newswire has a special on our Integrated Media Pro until the end of January, 2017.  Use the coupon code: fbjan2017 to save $40 off our $139 package which provides distribution of your press release to Associated Press, newspapers and more!  More details may be found at: http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/price_plan_imp.php

24-7 Press Release Newswire – ‘What’s Hot’ July 28 – August 4th.

As always, our editorial at 24-7 Press Release Newswire hand pick different press releases that have been previously distributed and like to shine a little light onto a select few.

NASA Press Release @ 24-7PressRelease.comMaybe it is our love for science and space research, however in the last week, NASA has sent out a couple of interesting press releases.  The first titled “NASA Releases ‘Microbiomics: The Living World In and On You’ ” and the second titled “NASA Releases Video Highlighting Twins Study

The first release references their Human Research Program and a new video they have released discussing microbial research on board the ISS (International Space Station).  This video would be the 7th of their eight part mini-series.

Their second press release highlights the last video (8th) in their mini-series which goes on to highlight some information about twins used within their study.

Turek said, "Your microbiome is like the ecology in the rainforest where the species depend on each other. What happens when a species is removed? Does another out-compete and take over?"

Turek said, “Your microbiome is like the ecology in the rainforest where the species depend on each other. What happens when a species is removed? Does another out-compete and take over?”

We personally found both of these press releases & the videos extremely interesting and worth the read and or watch.

Rich Tola is determined to teach everyone on the planet yoga.  This brings us to our third pick titled “YogaStyles Braves 108-Degree Heat and Wraps Chicago Pilot” which discusses how Rich and his crew filmed their pilot episode of YogaStyles throughout more than 60 locations on the streets of Chicago. Yoga Press Release @ 24-7PressRelease.com

From time to time at 24-7 Press Release Newswire, we like to feature a few key press releases that have grabbed our editorials attention.  If you have a press release you would like to share or distribute through 24-7PressRelease.com, please visit: http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/price_plan_imp.php

 

 

News Distribution Service 24-7PressRelease.com What’s on Update July 10th – July 22.

NASA Press Release AnnouncementThere is always exciting news and information happening within the world of 24-7 Press Release Newswire.  Here are a few press releases submitted July 10th – July 22nd that caught the attention of our editorial.

  1. Pardee Homes is a fairly regular user of the 24-7 Press Release Newswire distribution service. Pardee specializes in creating new homes and communities. Their specialty is for luxury home buyers adopting green home building measures combined with environmentally sensitive development practices.

Find out about their new phase of homes released for sale at Flagstone in Beaumont through their latest press release submitted July 10, 2016 here.

With pricing anticipated to begin in the high $200,000 range, Pardee has recognized new homes designed to appeal to first-time purchasers within the Sundance master-planned community.

  1. What do Saide Robertson and Roma Boots have in common? Find out from their latest press release, distributed July 19th (Dallas, TX).  Roma Boots Teams Up with Sadie Robertson for Second Collection of Rain Boots to Help Children in Poverty.

Our editorial likes the concept behind this company and their thinking because it supports a worthy cause by donating a pair of rain boots to a child in need for every pair that they sell.  This is such a fantastic cause.  The business (Roma Boots) was founded by Samuel Bistrian through inspiration to give back to the children in his home country of Romania.

  1. There are not too many people that do not like to know the latest information from NASA. Just last week we saw the announcement of their ‘Analog Missions Webapge’.

NASA‘s Human Research Program launched Phase 1 of the NASA Analog Missions website, a site devoted to studies around the world that help prepare for long duration human spaceflight. This latest press release may be found here.

24-7PressRelease.com distribution service occasionally showcases businesses and their press release when it receives higher than normal attention or views.  These press releases are hand-picked by our editorial.  We try to not select the same businesses repeatedly, however sometimes this may occur for particularly interesting stories.

When did you Last Distribute a Press Release; and did you Share Your Information on Social Media? Quick tip…

Keeping your content interesting.Your social media can assist you with your content marketing strategy and visibility if you tie all the pieces together properly. Yes, this includes your actual press release too.  This is a strategy we have discussed previously which can be found in our Knowledge Base here .  You should be posting to your social media the day your press release is distributed from the 24-7 Press Release Newswire.

If the information you are sending out is useful and considered valuable to your audience, you may notice an increase in your followers.

Unfortunately, as of recent months (from the end of 2015), we have started to notice a trend in ‘less than satisfactory’ social media posts, which could potentially means less followers.

Allow me explain. When people visit or stumble across your Facebook page, if you have information that is of value to them, they will keep coming back. They may follow you.  They may share your information (part of how posts go viral).  These types of social posts may include press releases announcing a new product, or an upgrade, tips and techniques to help existing customers; or keeping them up to date on an industry, such as finance.  We talked a little about this in our article titled “When Disseminating a Press Release, Quoting an industry Expert Who Can Vouch for You Can Further Validate Your Brand and Earn Trust in Your Marketplace”.

Where we have started to see things go south in the quality of posts is with the “Look at us!” style postings.  You are probably familiar with these.  They are the Facebook posts displaying images of office party socialization’s, birthdays, Friday afternoon hangouts with the selfies.  Not to say the occasional post like this wouldn’t be appreciated particularly if it is a ‘personal Facebook page’, however for a business page, it is not that interesting for your customers.Office party

You need to put yourself in the seat of your customer.  When you visit a company’s social media page, would you rather see updates to a product you have purchased and how that product may be used; or ‘the Friday afternoon office hangout selfie’?

Here is another way to think of it.  Let’s think big Corporation.  How often do you see the party type pics on an Apple Facebook page? I would say very rarely.

The point we want to make is ensure you incorporate your press release within your social media and content marketing strategy. When you distribute your news with 24-7 Press Release Newswire we provide you with a link to your news story. Use this link to further your reach and share on your social media; particularly if this press release will be useful to your existing or potential customer base. As far as frequency goes, a good rule of thumb is three to four times a month.  With this being said, we only recommend disseminating news when you have a story to tell that will be of interest to your audience.  Don’t force something that isn’t natural.

Keeping these ideas in mind will be a sure way to help with your overall content marketing strategy and put you above those that are not practicing these strategies or not posting at all.

Content Marketing and Press Release Services, Putting all the Pieces Together; Tips and Information to Assist Your Marketing Efforts From 24-7PressRelease.com

Content marketingWe have written many articles about it.  24-7 Press Release Newswire has assembled enough information and reading to educate you on the following:

  1. Planning a content marketing strategy.
  2. Incorporating the use of a press release distribution service (like 24-7pressrelease.com) to help draw visibility to your content.
  3. Have you even engaged in social media efforts?
  4. Even if you are a neighbourhood business, you need to be writing content. If you are not publishing meaningful content; and your competition down the block is, guess who will have increased online visibility? If you don’t think this is important, you better wake up to 2016 because 81% of shoppers conduct online research before they buy!

We want to jump directly into our 3rd point; social media.  We cannot believe the number of business owners that, in this day and age have not engaged in social media within their marketing efforts.  You expect this train of thought would be left to those over the age of 50. Many of these business owners that I know who fit into this category are well below that age. This is something that is shocking.

What are the basic social media accounts you should be setting up?  The top accounts should include Facebook (a business page, also where you can post your press releases too), a Twitter account and Google Plus.  It takes only a few minutes to set each one up. It is NOT a scary experience. It is easy and straight forward.

Press releases, social media & content marketing.

Press releases, social media & content marketing.

Let’s get back to my first point, planning a content marketing strategy.  Once you are over the hurdle of getting out of your comfort zone and doing this, the rest is fairly easy.  You need to become an expert in your industry or business.  You need to write articles and perhaps even some press releases that you can distribute to increase your online visibility.  That being said, when distributing a press release, 24-7PressRelease.com encourages you to only distribute content of value.

When you plan your content marketing strategy, you will want to have a series of articles & press releases lined up.  Generally 4 months in advance is a good target, even if you only have a general title (or theme) with some bullet points sketched out.  You need to know how to interlace your posts between where you post your articles on your website and your social media and from your social media back to your article.  This is also something you will want to do after distributing a press release. Post it to your social media and make reference to where your press release may be found.

Create awesome content and increase your online visibility.

Create awesome content and increase your online visibility.

Here is the deal.  Content is king.  If you are publishing content that your audience (or customers) can engage in, they will more than likely share this content across their own social media.  In turn your customers will have friends and family that may reference your information and become familiar with your brand or product.  This does not even get to the point that social media may be triggers for search engines and help with rankings.  Why do you think that when you perform a search online, the big social media sites tend to surface closer to the top?

Over the last couple of years, 24-7PressRelease.com has been focused on helping our customers become savvier with their marketing efforts which include tips for everything from press release distribution, to creating great content and the timing of when you send your press release out.

We encourage you to visit our library of over 30 excellent pieces to help you become more visible online than your competition.

A few pieces include:
5 Ways to Engage With Your Audience Through Your Press Release  – Press releases perform well based on myriad factors, but one of the most important is engaging your reader. If you do not capture the reader’s attention right from the start, they will click away from your press release and onto someone else’s very quickly.

Leveraging Social Media to Maximize the Reach of Your Press Release – Post a link to your press release to your followers on Google Plus, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn or Twitter.

When Disseminating a Press Release, Quoting an Industry Expert Who Can Vouch for You Can Further Validate Your Brand and Earn Trust in Your Marketplace – Those who write extremely good content that is valued by their audience will continue to receive media attention and thrive; those who don’t will see their information fade into the background, reaching a smaller and smaller audience.

Distribution of Your Press Release is Pointless Unless You Have Good Solid Content. Stats and Data go a Long Way. Here’s How to do it Right! – You have approximately 1.75 seconds to grab the attention of your audience. This could be a journalist/reporter, blogger or customer.

These and many more informational pieces may be found through the knowledge base at 24-7PressRelease.com.  Become that expert in your industry. Share your knowledge & tips.  Get into the social realm.  Increase your online visibility.  If you haven’t already started a strategy, by following some of these tips and information you will be sure to increase your presence through search results faster than by not.

A leader in online press release distribution, www.24-7pressrelease.com established in 2004, continues to bring on new customers; not because we offer a fancy new website that looks techy, but because we offer a great valued product. We do not claim to offer the Cadillac solution (we leave that up to the PR Newswires of the world). We also do not offer a Ford Pinto solution. 24-7 Press Release provides excellent, middle of the road, great value press distribution packages which are fair in the pricing.

 

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.

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!