Power of the Press Release

PROMOTING YOUR RESTORATION SUPPORT GROUP

USE A PRESS RELEASE TO PROMOTE YOUR GROUP

How to Write a Great Press Release:

What is a press release?
A press release is pseudo-news story, written in third person, that seeks to demonstrate to an editor or reporter the newsworthiness of a particular person, event, service or product.

How is a press release used?
Press releases are often sent alone, by e-mail, fax or snail mail. They can also be part of a full press kit, or may be accompanied by a pitch letter.

What is the proper press release format?
Here’s a sample press release template you can use to format your press release correctly

(* Source: http://www.publicityinsider.com/ )

Note: The three #’s mark the end of the press release.

What should I put in my press release?

Stop right now and click here to read our in-depth advice about packaging yourself as newsworthy. This is an important step – so don’t skip it!
Let’s stick with the theme presented in that report: you run an vitamin web site specializing in weight-loss products. Through the process described in the report, you’ve nailed down a nice, newsworthy topic – teenagers and how they deal with issues of weight. But that’s a broad topic, not a story.
In the report, we provided a number of ideas for potential stories. Let’s pick the first one and craft a press release.

The story: What do kids think about a “thin is in” society?
As you sift through your message boards looking for quotes, you see a trend appearing. There are lots of messages criticizing Hollywood actresses and pop singers for being too thin. Many girls are saying that seeing these women make them feel bad about their own bodies. A number of the boys are pointing out that they don’t find ultra-thin women appealing.
Now you’ve got your angle — your hook that will grab a reporter’s attention:
Teenagers think that a “thin is in” society pretty much stinks.

Press Release Headline
Before you write a word, remember this:
The reporter isn’t interested in helping you make money or driving visitors to your site. He’s looking for a story that will be interesting to his readers and pleasing to his editor. He could care less about your great selection, super customer service and commitment to quality. He wants to know only the info that will help him craft a good story about teens and their weight.

Watch this video, a former Monday Minute program that covers this issue of the Press Release, then continue with the notes of this lesson.

MONDAY MINUTE (2008 VOL. 2 Issue 2 mm.58)
Power of the Press Release!

Learn about the details of a good press release

(* Source PRWeb, How to write a good press release )

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