eReleases Editorial Director Heather Fuller told me she was thinking about the model of Jiffy Lube’s 21-point signature service and whether a similar model could be applied to press releases. She came up with the following 10 essential tips that should be considered before sending your next press release.
- Is the topic newsworthy?
- Does the headline need a tune-up? Get your free tuneup here: HeadlineTuneup.com
- Is the first paragraph strong, essentially summarizing the release and containing the 5Ws?
- Is the press release too short or too lengthy?
- Does the press release follow AP Style and is it grammatically sound?
- Does the press release set an appropriate tone, avoiding over-description, exaggeration, editorialization and ad copy?
- Is the press release fact-based and adequately documented?
- Is the contact information complete, including a person’s name, telephone number and email address?
- Does your message match your target audience?
- Is your press release media-friendly (not link-heavy or unorthodox)?
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This article is written by Mickie Kennedy, founder of eReleases (http://www.ereleases.com), the online leader in affordable press release distribution. To subscribe to PR Fuel, visit: http://www.ereleases.com/prfuel/subscribe/.