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5 Tips To Make Your Press Release Brilliant

Feb 6, 2008
Press Releases can help your business gain publicity through the media. Having media attention gives your business credibility. Here are some tips to boost your press release's appeal.

Use the correct format. Press releases follow a well established format. If you want your release to be read and taken seriously, you need to be sure it is written properly. You should also be sure to double-check the spelling, grammar and punctuation before you submit it.

Keep it clear and to-the-point. Your press release shouldn't be any longer than two pages. Media outlets receive a lot of releases and they won't take the time to read a long report. Keeping it clear and concise will let you fit in your important facts without going beyond two pages. And remember to answer the important questions - who, what, why, where, when and how.

What's in it for the reader? Make sure you include a call to action in your press release. Put something in it that's going to inspire the reader to go to your event, visit your website, etc. If you write a blatant ad, it's going to be obvious and it won't get picked up by anyone. Include the features and benefits of what you're promoting, and tell your target market what's in it for them.

If you are promoting a new food processor, simply stating that it is smaller and takes up less space than previous models isn't enough. However, writing the information as 'the new model is smaller and takes up less space, allowing our customers to have the full chopping power of our larger model, but also save precious counter space' lets the reader know how the new model will help them.

Make it interesting. If your press release is boring, nobody is going to read past the first couple of lines. Try to find the line between simple facts and excitement. Back to the food processor example, instead of just saying "our new food processor will be available in the spring" try something like "out new space-saving food processor will be available this spring, just in time to help you chop the fresh vegetables you're growing for your summer salads."

Remember who your target market is. When you write your press release, make sure you keep your target market in mind. This will help you to focus on what your should include and where you should submit the release. For example, if your press release is health-related, it's not going to be worth the time to submit it to a travel magazine.

The media cannot run a story on every press release they receive, but implementing these tips will help you write press releases that grab, and keep, the media's attention. The old saying 'practice makes perfect' rings true for press releases; the more you write them, the better you will get.
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