How to Measure Your Online PR Success Rate in a Digital Age

Press Release Metrics and Performance tracking.

Press Release Metrics and Performance tracking.

With our focus firmly being around online PR and the press release distribution of news, at 24-7 Press Release Newswire,  we keep a close eye on ways in which our clients can increase the reach and measurement of the success of their online PR.  In this day and age, creating a successful campaign is a must because of so much competition and noise.

And with that in mind, we came across a really interesting article here, which examines different ways to measure the success of PR campaigns delivered across the internet.

The article discusses traditional methods of measuring PR, newer tools and techniques for calculating the reach of online PR, as well as highlighting how the use of Indexing is becoming more popular for digital marketers. For those in the food industry there is an excellent example of what needs to be considered for a magazine type ad.  That being said, the same considerations are applicable to almost any industry.

For us, there are three key elements to increasing online PR success:

  1. Get the message right – make sure that your PR content is strong, with useful content, and interesting information for your readership.
  2. Get the medium right – make sure that your online PR is being delivered to the right audience at the right time, in a way they want to receive it.
  3. Get the messenger right – make sure that your online PR distribution hits the largest number of relevant readers. Using a service like ours guarantees this.

The article is well worth a read, and contains some great ways to consider the effective measurement of your online press release distribution efforts.  By not having the right information and contacting the right individuals could potentially be damaging.

We found it a fascinating read – we hope you do, too!

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

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.

24-7 Press Release Newswire Announces Our Gift to You on Our Tenth Anniversary – A New Site Packed with Impressive Features

24-7 Press Relesae Newswire New SiteWe are excited to announce that, to celebrate our 10th year of service, we have re-launched our site. It is now packed with new, exciting features designed to enhance distribution and make the submittal and distribution process more intuitive and efficient for users.

We have added additional news partners to bolster distribution, including Associated Press, more than 150 television stations most who post news directly to their websites, Acquire Media and many other industry-specific websites.

For users, the crowning glory of our new site is the Media Desk – a feature-loaded hub for journalists, bloggers and readers to use in tracking, searching and following stories of interest, through various search capabilities.

Statistics will be enhanced as we will offer a way for companies to see not just how many hits their release received, but also the source of those hits – whether it be journalists, bloggers, consumers, freelance writers, etc.

We have also significantly increased our social media sharing tools, and have enhanced our news widget for easy inclusion in your own website (including the ability to tailor the design and feel of the widget to integrate smoothly with your own site’s theme).

Marketing and PR agencies can take advantage of our Agency PReferred program, which offers discounts and priority customer service rates to those customers submitting high volumes of releases for their clients. Additionally, tools such as the address book and image bank allow agencies to easily submit releases for different clients without having to re-enter or re-upload information each time.

“We have spent the last two years listening to what our customers want, which is better distribution to media and journalists, more social media interaction and better visibility. And this re-launch is our way to give our customers what they’ve been asking for,” said Michael Iwasaki, Managing Partner with 24-7 Press Release Newswire.

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How a Press Release Helps Build a Brand Online – 5 Things You Need to Know

BrandingOne of the consistent benefits we see our clients enjoying is the positive impact press release distribution has on their branding.

The way people perceive your products and services is critically important when building your brand – and press releases are a vital part of the mix.

Brand building online is a consideration for all businesses, and distributing news via the Internet represents one of the most powerful tools in helping to promote and positively increase brand awareness.

Here are our top reasons why press releases are an amazing brand builder:

1. Increased marketplace visibility:

Social media channels and the massive rise in general Internet usage has meant that the traditional journalist relationship as gate-keeper to readerships has changed.

Whilst newspapers and magazines still have significant audiences, more and more businesses are choosing to bypass mainstream media and issue their press releases online, directly to potential customers, via the Internet.

Many people now use search engines such as Google to find new products and services, rather than turning to traditional media outlets. If your products and services are to be found online through press release marketing, the chances of gaining attention, increased visibility and sales also increases.

2. Increased online share-ability:

Distributing a press release online massively increases the chance of news about your business being shared via social media channels – and this in turn has a powerful and positive impact on building your brand, in part how a press release is the perfect tool to bridge social media and content marketing.

A professionally produced press release delivers newsworthy, timely, targeted content to your ideal press representatives and potential customers direct.

3. Increased brand awareness:

If your business is consistently distributing news releases and permeating the marketplace with positive, useful, and regular messages about your products and services, this also delivers increased brand awareness.

It’s all about trust. By using press release marketing online, businesses also create greater visibility, generate more goodwill, becoming the go-to company in their industry and in turn increase their influence, audience…and trust.

Press releases, if delivered to the right people, with the right timing, and in the right format for them online, can provide more recommendations, increased customer loyalty, and generate increased sales.

4. Increased positive PR projection:

Using a press release assists the rest of the marketing mix, by pushing the momentum of a new product or service forward further, for longer, and to a larger audience.

A well-written news release often gain multiple publications across different websites, newspaper and magazine portals online, so good PR can be a highly effective way of reaching a larger audience than other forms of marketing activities.

Brand building using press releases can be one of the best ways to project positive messages about your business into the marketplace – if done well.

5. Increased find-ability online:

Using a press release within your marketing mix to build a brand online may potentially deliver another powerful benefit – increased find-ability via search engines when republished.

People search for products, services, brands and for answers to problems online: if you’re found via a press release, you also increase the chance of that person exploring your website, blog, and social media profiles, too.

Using a press release, even without key word links can provide your products and services the opportunity to have better exposure within search engines for related keywords and search terms –  providing a long-lasting commercial benefit that’s priceless.

Where Does a Press Release Sit Within the Online Marketing Mix

Marketing MixAt 24-7 Press Release we’ve been dedicating time recently to consider the overall value and effectiveness of a press release, in relation to where it sits within the overall online marketing mix.

An effective press release can be one of the most powerful online marketing tools currently available.

Some of the reasons we believe a press release is a vital consideration within your online marketing mix include:

* A press release is an important tool in tying together all of your main marketing messages in one coherent document.

* Running disparate online marketing channels such as AdWords campaigns and Facebook conversations can be included in your online marketing mix, but a press release should be referenced with links, as well as your business’s ‘Latest News’ section containing your archive of press releases.

* AdWords are a short and sweet part of the online marketing mix – whereas a press release contains much more detailed information that can’t really be as effectively conveyed across a Facebook Post, AdWord campaign or blog post.

The main difference between a blog post and a press release is that a blog is useful for general updates online, and with items going on in your business – but aren’t newsworthy enough to merit a full dedicated press release.

A press release is essentially for a specific and significant online marketing purpose, such as the announcement of a new product or service, or the appointment of a new executive for a well-known Branded company, or end-of-year corporate earnings…the list is endless for including a press release in your online marketing mix.

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

Fast Forward to 2014 – What’s The Value of a Press Release?

Social Media NewsAt 24-7 Press Release one of the questions we get regularly asked is What’s the value of a press release?

One of the best answers we’ve seen came recently from John Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, who advocated the value of a press release, but stressing the importance of not using money-based keyword links, and to ensure that businesses use a press release distribution service that supports NO FOLLOW.

In our extensive experience as a leading provider of press release distribution services, we believe that the value of a press release comes from three elements:

1. Journalists can find your story and re-write it and/or re-post your story.

2. Bloggers can find your story and share it with their audiences.

3. You can share your story via high-volume social media platforms.

These three elements all create valuable exposure levels, and a press release delivers massive impact in relation to the amount of investment it requires.

You can also promote your own press release once it goes live: the day your press release is distributed, a link will be created, and this means you can promote this link within your own online marketing campaigns, too.

Remember, that a press release stays online until you decide to remove it, so the average online press release has a significant lifespan.

If, however, you want to remove a press release from the Web, you’ll need to contact each publication source individually. This will take time and effort.

We believe that bang for buck, and compared to AdWords campaigns – which have limited space and character allowance – a press release is financially more cost-effective, as long as it’s written with a ‘hook & hold’ headline in place.

Fewer businesses are now using press release marketing for ‘spam’ messages, so the existing press releases being distributed are generally more newsworthy – and gaining more attention online than ever before.

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

What’s The Magic Bullet For Your Marketing?

The answer? There is no magic bullet. This reminded us of the classic scene in the cult movie The Matrix when Neo learns that to bend a spoon, he must acknowledge there is no spoon:

The Matrix

We were considering this question at 24-7 Press Release as many businesses are looking to find the ‘secret ingredient’ in their online marketing and press release distribution to instantly boost their marketing to stratospheric levels.

Unfortunately, the only ‘magic bullet’ to your marketing is consistent, planned, strategic hard work. Some of this hard work can include the following elements:Magic Marketing Bullet

A combination of marketing efforts which work in unison to make a marketing plan come together during the course of a commercial year in business.

Consistent utilization of press release distribution is recommended, because widespread online coverage from press release publication delivers instant gratification for your marketing efforts, and can spread rapidly through social media channels.

Acknowledge that there is no ‘magic bullet’ and doing only one activity in your online marketing then expecting significant results is an unrealistic goal.

As a minimum, we recommend that businesses should complete professional and consistent social media profiles, including a Facebook Business Page, Google+, Pinterest to display product images, LinkedIn, YouTube, as well as AdWords campaigns, press release marketing, and a well-written Blog.

Press release distribution can tie together product and service marketing in one consistent effort.

All marketing activities are constantly changing and evolving, so be ready to adapt, change and introduce new channels for your products and services.

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

Top 6 tips on Press Release Distribution

6 Tips for press distributionWith more than a decade’s experience in press release distribution, the writers, bloggers and journalists in our network here at 24-7 Press Release Newswire bring together a vast wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience in effective news distribution.

And when it comes to getting your press release in the right places at the right time, we genuinely believe that our expertise gives our client base the edge.

A client base which includes a plethora of industry sectors, solo entrepreneurs and corporate customers alike – including a diverse mix of private businesses and public organizations, including Gatwick International Airport and NASA.

We also appreciate that each client is different, with different requirements and a different target audience for their press release distribution needs.

So, our Top 6 tips on press release distribution are:

Utilize a press distribution service with a long-standing reputation in the marketplace, and a provable history of gaining great client results. (See last weeks post here – How to Source a Press Release Service)

Establish whether, once a press release has been distributed, that a client has a unique URL for their press release which can then be shared and Liked on prominent social media platforms. This also stimulates further visitor traffic to the client’s press release on the website. We’re also working on a system at the moment whereby client press releases are shared on a client’s social media profiles for them, gaining additional leverage and saving them time.

Make sure that the press release distribution provider supports Google Authorship linking and uses it proactively, as we do here.

Follow us on Facebook and Google+ to keep up on PR, Marketing and Social Media industry updates, grab great deals, offers and coupons for exclusive press distribution deals.

We also offer discounted rates and premium customer service offers through our ‘PReferred Agency’ programme – ideal for Marketing, PR and Communications companies and Agencies that need to submit a larger volume of press releases (typically 30+) per month.

Consider additional strategies such as Newsjacking on Facebook and Twitter, whereby breaking news stories and trending topics are used to ‘piggy-back’ your company news onto, thus generating more attention and interest online. Drawing in a bigger audience via Newsjacking is a classic tactic when tied in with effective press release distribution services.

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

Want to find out how Journalists are sourcing stories? Stay tuned, because next week, we’ll share some of these ways.

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How to Source a Press Release Service

Press DistributionAs a leading provider of press release distribution and press release service with more than 10 years’ experience, here at 24-7 Press Release Newswire we understand that sourcing such a service can appear to be a time-consuming and confusing process.

With so many different news distribution providers on the market, finding the right press distribution company is a bewildering prospect for businesses looking to submit a press release effectively and affordably online.

So, here’s our Top 7 tips on how to source a press release service:

* Make sure you use a service that’s been established for some time, and has a provable record in delivering news distribution services – for example, we recently celebrated 10 years in business.

* Look for a press release distribution company with credible associations and industry benchmarking – since 2008, we’ve been a member of the Better Business Bureau, with an A+ rating (view our rating here).

* Make sure that the provider works in partnership with credible partners, to ensure the widest possible reach for your press release – we, for example, work with distribution partners including Associated Press and PR Newswire.

* Check and review the Alexa Ranking of the news distribution provider’s website, and establish who their audience is through Alexa – we’re ranked in the Top 10,000 websites in the USA, with a USA-based audience of 63% and a UK-based audience of 6%.

* How easy is it to find your stories on the Web after your press release has been distributed – for example, by typing the title of the press release into Google. An experienced press release distribution provider should boost your rankings quickly and effectively in this way.

* Ensure that you find a news distribution service that is both reasonably priced but also delivers consistent results – for example, we may not have ‘PR Web’ or ‘Market Wire’ results, but the results delivered within our pricing are superb.

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

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Stay tuned for NEXT WEEKS POST, 6 Tips On Actual Press Release Distribution…

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