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The New 10 Commandments of Press Releases

December 18 2013

A lot has changed with press releases over the years, particularly in the last few months thanks to Google’s algorithm updates. While the press release is still alive and well, not to mention very useful, it’s undoubtedly in a period of transition. That’s why I thought it’d be a good idea to come up with a set of guidelines to keep in mind as you write your press releases going forward. Some of these rules are new, and others date back to the press release’s origins. Read More

Is it Really Important to Become an Expert in Your Field?

November 29 2013

You’ve no doubt read countless blogs parroting the same advice about becoming an “expert” in whatever field you work in. They claim that if the public sees you as a true professional in the industry it will lead to more sales and heightened respect for your company. For instance if you show you know everything about bird seed, every bird fan in the world will know your name and why they should listen to you. Read More

Why You Should Never Ask Reporters For Interview Questions Ahead Of Time

November 27 2013

When you have a media interview looming on the horizon, you want to do everything in your power to make sure you’re prepared to absolutely nail it. You’ll be practicing with mock interviews, going over key sound bites in your head, studying your notes, and working your butt off to get ready for your big moment. You’ll probably be sweating a little bit too. Preparing for an interview can make even the most seasoned spokesperson or executive a little nervous. Read More

What NOT to do when a Reporter Rejects Your Pitch

November 26 2013

Rejection isn’t something that most of us handle well. From the time we were kids and a little boy or girl we had a crush on shot us down, we’ve never gotten used to the painful sting and disappointment of rejection. And the fact is that any kind of rejection sucks. It’s not just in love. Rejection in your business pursuits can hurt too, but I’m here to tell your right now – if you’re a PR person, it’s something you’d better get used to. Read More

5 of the Worst Things You Can Do on Twitter

November 22 2013

 Business owners love Twitter more and more with each passing day, but one of the consequences of so many new users is seeing the same mistakes over and over! Every day I notice one business doing this, that or the other to majorly anger their customer/fan base. To help them and you out, here are five things you should absolutely avoid doing on your business Twitter account.  Read More

Why You Should Be Using Video In Your PR Campaigns

November 21 2013

As a PR pro, you know that finding new ways to engage and excite your target audience is absolutely essential to achieving long-term success. Yes, press releases still work, but that doesn’t mean you should rely solely on them to spread your message. With a smart, multi-channel PR approach, you’ll give yourself a better chance of getting your news noticed and shared, maximizing exposure for your brand. Read More

How to Master Busy Networking Events

November 15 2013

 Networking events can be amazing – you’ll meet countless people you would never be able to interact with otherwise in a face-to-face environment. They also give you a chance to make some strong business connections that can grow into a opportunities later on. Read More

Press Release Submission Rules You’re Forgetting

November 14 2013

Before you send that email you were about to send, how sure are you that you’ve been following all the press release submission rules? If you cocked your head to the side wondering what rules I’m talking about then it’s definitely time to hold up a second.  Read More

Know Your Audience When Sending a Press Release

October 24 2013

After completing a press release you naturally want everybody in the world to read it. Friends, neighbors, and every journalist you can find an email, phone number, or physical address for in the continental US and beyond would love it if it was up to you. The release is naturally the most important thing in the world, so why wouldn’t they want to read it?  Read More

Don’t Give Up on Your Press Release No Matter What

October 21 2013

It’s easy to become frustrated when nobody will pick up your press release. You send it out a hundred times a week and get three “no thank you” messages and a whole lot of nothing. It’s incredibly frustrating, especially when you know you have a real, legit press release with a real message behind it.

It can be tempting to just scrap the thing and move on. However, you spent a lot of time on the press release. You’ve edited it down to perfection, sent it around to your peers to proofread, and even had some journalists say they love it but they just don’t have room. It’s obviously good, so it’s not time to throw in the towel just yet.

So what are you supposed to do? Here are some ideas to get some mileage out of your press release.  Read More