BW Florida Event Presents Views From All Sides of the Press Release Spectrum

April 22, 2010

On April 13, Business Florida hosted a media breakfast that brought together panelists from all sides of the “press release spectrum”:  a traditional journalist, a blogger, an SEO expert & a multimedia business reporter.

The audience remained engaged as our moderator, Business Wire Executive Vice President of Media Services & Product Strategy Laura Sturaitis, asked the speakers to share tips on how to get press releases noticed & how to maximize exposure leveraging today’s new social media tools.

Margie Schneider, VP of Operations for Internet Marketing Consultancy firm Ten Golden Rules:

  • Stressed the importance of posting your news/content on an assortment of platforms.  You use the wire for the press release, but also post that news on your own website + your blog + share with your social online community.
  • By maintaining content on an assortment of platforms, you increase the likelihood one of your pages will move to the top of search engine results. Blogs are very good for this, if they are frequently updated, because Google (and other search engines) like content that is frequently refreshed in its databases.
  • Socialmention.com will search social media sites for mentions of your brand. It’s a great way to prove to clients that people are talking about them, regardless of whether they enter the conversation.

Our guru blogger & freelance writer, Maria de los Angeles, continued the topic of blogs & bloggers by providing insight into a bloggers audience:

  • Bloggers or tweeters with a smaller social media following may have higher quality users because those users may be more discerning, influential, or well informed than more “popular” but generic citizen journalists
  • Research and follow the media you want to contact before you ask them to do something for you.  If you just search and spam bloggers on your particular subject, you cheapen what you’re trying to promote.

Niala Boodhoo, The Miami Herald’s Business Multimedia Reporter:

  • Shared how for reporters timing is everything…Send your news too early, and media will forget about it. Too late, and they don’t have time to do anything with it.
  • Including links to your videos/pictures in your press releases can be useful for piquing media interest, or, for example, demonstrating why a speaker from your company would be a good interview subject.

Finally, Cindy Kent from the Sun Sentinel’s Business News Desk:

  • Reinforced that the manner in which you interact with media has not changed, but the tools you use to do so have.
  • She advised to use links in your releases so media don’t have to cut your information to fit a sometimes limited frame. It’s much easier to tweet a link to your content than to try to summarize it in 140 characters…plus, you get the internet traffic directed to your site.
  • Kent told the audience, “Ask yourself, ‘How many clicks am I asking you to make to get where I want you to go? If it’s too many, people won’t follow.’”

Local Business Wire offices host several events each year on PR, IR, SEO & media topics.  Check out the Business Wire Events page to find upcoming events in your area.

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The Power of Push and Pull

September 18, 2009

In a recent AdAge column, Steve Rubel of Edelman wrote an excellent essay on the increasing power of pull that led me to think about how our mix of push and pull services can serve public relations and marketing professionals in these ever-changing times.

There’s no doubt that the world of information dissemination is shifting.  Previously dominated by Push (think Television, Radio, Newspapers, and Magazines), where information is relatively scarce and blasted out to wide audiences, we’re now operating in a vast mix of both Push and Pull (think Search, Permission Marketing, Twitter, and narrowcasting to niche audiences).  In this environment, your organization’s major news announcements are still best served by reaching the widest relevant audience possible with a big Push, but sometimes whether due to budget or news content a Pull approach is wiser.

When approaching news and content creation from a pull perspective, it’s best to think from the searcher’s perspective.  As Steve writes, “One way to think of it is that Googlers are looking for “how to get rid of roaches,” not necessarily for “bug spray.””  Think of all the topic possibilities this way of thinking can open up for you to create content surrounding your brand.

Your source for ideas is often right under your nose too, namely in your Web Analytics package.  Whether you use Google Analytics, Web Trends, Omniture, or any of the other great services available, you or your web team likely has access to reports from search engines containing the keyword searches that led people to your site.  If you notice certain keywords that lead to lots of visits, long visits, inquiries, or orders you can build on them!

One strategy may be to start with a blog post, use channels like Twitter to generate buzz, craft related press releases to publish on EON: Enhanced Online News for more exposure and SEO help, and give your campaign periodic boosts with wire distributions.  Of course no news distribution service does that better than Business Wire.  Just take a look at our Distribution Catalogue and then imagine the time it would take to reach out to the thousands of news outlets individually.


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