Congratulations, you’re releasing a new product! Now it’s time to write a new product press release to announce it to the world and get free publicity.
Writing a press release for a new product is not hard, but it is key that you understand several key things as you write it. That’s why, in this article, we will discuss keys to new product press release success, give you a free template, and show you multiple examples you can use as models as you write your own.
As you write a press release to promote your new product, there are several key factors that are important to its success:
I know you’re excited about your new product, and from your company’s standpoint, this is huge news! But the media aren’t going to pick up your story unless you can find and communicate something that makes it newsworthy to their audience.
So, it’s important to identify who your targeted audience is for this press release.
If you’re writing it specifically for your industry’s trade magazines, blogs, social media influences, and other industry-specific media, the fact you’re introducing a new product may be enough to get their attention, especially if your new product or service has new-to-the-market features, is significantly different than competitive offerings, or has superior specifications than what is currently offered in the market.
But, if you’re trying to target general media, whose audience is the general public, that probably won’t be enough, unless you’re Apple, Tesla, or another media darling.
In that case, you’re likely going to have to work to find a newsworthy aspect for your release.
Ideally, your new product is superior to everything else in the market, and that point of superiority is of interest to the general public. In that case, that’s probably the newsworthy aspect of your story.
(By the way, you should probably consider creating two press releases for your new product – one for the industry press, and a separate one for the media serving the general public. You’ll probably get better pickup of your story if you do that!)
To succeed with a press release that’s not targeting your industry media sources, you’re going to need to craft a story hook that makes your product different and relevant to the general public.
Oftentimes, this is accomplished through a use case – describing how it can make a normal person’s life better, safer, easier, less expensive, or otherwise different than it would be if they didn’t have that product.
For example, when Apple introduced the SOS feature in their new iPhones, enabling people to make an emergency phone call even if they were outside of cell range, they were able to get multiple news stories published describing people whose lives were saved by using it when lost or victims of an accident. I can’t state this for a fact, but there’s a very high likelihood that Apple’s PR department is watching for those stories and seeding them into the press to get that coverage.
Another example – when I was growing up we had a local ice cream shop that introduced “The Kitchen Sink,” a new dessert product that came in a bowl that looked like a kitchen sink. It contained so much ice cream and toppings that they offered it free to any one person who could eat the whole thing, without leaving the table, in less than an hour. That got them press and attention, and they were able to tap into it again when a couple of people succeeded in eating it all during that first year. I know that publicity worked, because I went to that restaurant specifically to try out the Kitchen Sink, ordered it on several double dates, and the four of us had trouble eating it all!
Both of these are examples of how they got media coverage, not because of the new product per se, but through how it could be used by normal people (though I would argue that whoever ate The Kitchen Sink was far from a normal human being!)
Over many years, traditions have developed around how a press release should be structured. Now, the media expects all press releases to follow that pattern.
This is great because it makes writing press releases much easier. Simply follow the template below, which will ensure that your press release follows the correct format.
In addition to following the template provided above, there are a number of other formatting rules you should follow:
Want more guidance on how to write each of these sections? Here’s a complete, step-by-step manual to help you write your press releases.
I also understand that this can be a daunting task. If that’s the case for you, what if you just let our team of professional writers and editors write your press release for you?
A press release announcing a new product can contain many different elements. Some of those you may want to include are:
Unfortunately, some companies make major mistakes when creating a press release for a new product. Here are some of the mistakes we see most frequently:
Now that you’ve written your press release, it’s time to distribute it to the media!
Many companies have a standard list of local and industry media contacts to whom they send press releases. But that usually means you’ll get a fraction of the media coverage you could receive if you distributed it to a wider audience.
But who, and how are you supposed to do that?
You could spend a ton of time and money trying to put together that list yourself. But I can virtually guarantee you won’t be happy with the results. The likelihood of your getting your release in the inbox of the right person at every media outlet is almost zero.
And I also don’t recommend using one of the free and $100 or less press release distribution services out there. They’re almost useless. They’ll get your release published on a couple of internet websites that nobody will see, and that no reporter will ever turn to for ideas/information.
That’s why we recommend you utilize the press release distribution services offered by eReleases.com.
At eReleases, our entire job is getting small business press releases into the local and national news.
We do it by creating and maintaining relationships with members of the media – reporters, editors, bloggers, influencers, etc. who write and publish the news, so they pay attention to the press releases we send them and seriously consider whether they are right for their audience.
Plus, we are the only national full-service partner with PR Newswire, the leading and most trusted press release newswire in the United States.
And, when you work with us, you’ll never talk with a salesperson, just our staff of professional editors, who are devoted to helping you get stories written about you and your products.
Remember how I promised you several examples of new product press releases?
Here are three!
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
Florida Credit Union Launches Rewards Program That Gives Money Back to MembersTAMPA, Fla., June 13 /PRNewswire/ — USF Federal Credit Union (USF FCU) launched a novel rewards program that returns money to members. Depending on a member’s overall balances in loans, savings and checking accounts, some members can get back up to 5 percent of the interest paid on a loan each quarter.
“The number one benefit for the Catalyst Member Rewards program is the fact that members will be able to get a partial refund on the interest that they’ve paid,” said USF FCU branch manager Rob Perry. “That is a huge differentiator between our credit union and other credit unions in the United States.”
Catalyst Member Rewards is designed to keep more money in members’ wallets based on their level of activity with the credit union. Along with the partial refund of interest, the rewards program also features out-of-network ATM fee reimbursements, overdraft transfer fee waivers, free money orders and official checks.
Members with a loan account also get free access to their FICO® Score, which is updated every quarter. The FICO® Score is based on information provided by consumer credit reporting agencies and is the standard measure of U.S. consumer credit risk. FICO® Scores are used by 90 percent of the top US lenders to make lending decisions and to help determine rates consumers pay on purchases and financing.
Over the years, USF FCU’s President and CEO Richard Skaggs noticed that members were frequently asking how they could become more engaged with the credit union. The Catalyst Member Rewards program is an excellent opportunity for the credit union to tailor services and help members become financially successful, Skaggs said. “It helps us build a stronger relationship with our members.”
To learn about the benefits of Catalyst Member Rewards, please visit: https://www.usffcu.com/catalyst.
About USF Federal Credit Union
USF Federal Credit Union (USF FCU) offers a full range of financial services to the faculty, staff, students, alumni association members, and families at the University of South Florida in Tampa. USF FCU divisions include Darden Credit Union serving employees of Darden Restaurants, Inc., and Red Lobster Credit Union for employees of Red Lobster restaurants. Please visit: www.usffcu.com for more information.
FICO is a registered trademark of Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and other countries.
SOURCE: USF Federal Credit Union
# # #
And here’s a new product press release to help babies sleep:
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
SLEEPION 2 – A Revolutionary Sleep Device
An Innovative Answer to Sleep and Overall Health in A Travel Size Device.
LOS ANGELES, June 15 /PRNewswire/ — cheero USA has released the second generation Sleepion on Kickstarter. Sleepion 2 helps you sleep better by inducing sleep the natural way without the use of pills and medication. By programing the prenatal rhythms that naturally reside in all of us, Sleepion 2 can help user that have trouble sleeping, concentrating, or relaxing feel rejuvenated and rested with its daily use.
Sleepion 2 is not only designed to help users get a better night’s sleep, but for an overhaul into a healthier style of living. With the addition of three modes, Sleepion 2 can be used throughout the day. Concentration mode comes loaded with songs deigned to help focus the brain with upbeat melodies. Relaxation mode comes with mellow beats that help the brain rest without falling into a deep sleep. Bluetooth mode allows users to play their own relaxation music while traveling or play the latest hits when with friends.
The choice of song is a pivotal part of the Sleepion 2. However, the Aroma rings combined with the music is what makes the Sleepion 2 truly revolutionary. The Aroma Rings included in with the Sleepion 2 offers a mess and hassle free way to enjoy natural aromas from around the world. Germanium, Lemon Grass, Lavendar, Hinoki, and Forrest are the 5 scents clinically proven to help induce sleep, relaxation, and concentration. With the addition of “blanks”, users can now soak their favorite oils onto the rings for a truly customizable scent.
To find more information about our Kickstarter campaign, please use the link below.
For additional information, images, and samples please contact us below.
Xavier Usami | Media Relations | cheero USA | [email protected] | 888-545-7888
SOURCE: cheero USA
# # #
Here’s another example of how a new product is being utilized by a hospital (note, they didn’t develop this new product, they bought it from another company – showing the versatility of new product press releases.)
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
First Tru-D SmartUVC Disinfection Robot Deployed in Montgomery
Jackson Hospital invests in innovative technology to fight infections
MEMPHIS, Tenn. and MONTGOMERY, Ala. , June 20/PRNewswire/ — Jackson Hospital has added a new member to its team to proactively reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections. The new addition, Tru-D SmartUVC, is a UV disinfection robot that kills up to 99.9 percent of harmful germs and pathogens that can live in health care environments and will be used primarily in Jackson Hospital’s surgical areas.
Jackson Hospital is a community not-for-profit hospital serving Montgomery and the Alabama River Region. Since 1946, Jackson Hospital has been committed to improving the health of all members of the community by providing superior, patient-centered and cost-effective care in a safe, compassionate environment.
“Jackzon Hospital is a leader in providing exceptional quality of care for residents in the region,” said Joe Riley, president and CEO at Jackson Hospital. “While we already implement stringent infection prevention protocols, having Tru-D added to our standard cleaning methods will give our patients and staff peace of mind that our facility is safe and continually improving,” said Riley.
Using effective and chemical-free UVC light energy, Tru-D eradicates hard-to-kill germs and superbugs such as C. diff, MRSA, VRE, Ebola and more. Before Tru-D is activated, the room is cleaned using traditional methods. Tru-D is then brought in to begin administering a single cycle of UV energy, providing total room disinfection. Using patented Sensor360 technology, Tru-D is able to compensate for room variables such as size, shape and contents to deliver the precise, lethal dose of UVC energy needed. Through its method of calculated, measured UV dosage, Tru-D is able to disinfect in both direct and shadowed areas while removing the chance of human error in the disinfection process. After the cycle is complete, Tru-D alerts the operator via text and/or audio message that the cycle is complete and the entire room has been disinfected.
“Tru-D’s Sensor360 technology ensures total room disinfection from a single position while eliminating the chance for human error in the process,” said Chuck Dunn, CEO and President of Tru-D SmartUVC. “Due to this innovative technology, Tru-D was the only device chosen for the first-ever randomized clinical trial on UV disinfection, which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Results of the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection (BETR-D) study proved that Tru-D can cut transmission of four major superbugs by a cumulative 30 percent.”
For more information, visit Tru-D.com.
About Tru-D SmartUVC
Only Tru-D delivers an automated, measured dose of UVC light to consistently disinfect an entire room during a single cycle. Operating from a single position in the room, Tru-D ensures significant pathogen reduction in direct and shadowed areas. Validated by more than a dozen independent studies, Tru-D’s automated, measured dosing capabilities and real-time usage-tracking features make it one of the most advanced UV disinfection systems available.
About Jackson Hospital:
Founded in 1946, Jackson Hospital ranks among the largest hospitals in Alabama and is nationally recognized for the excellence in care it has traditionally provided to all who use its services. Jackson is a certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center and was the first hospital in Alabama to earn the Gold Seal of Certification from the Joint Commission for spine surgery, heart attack care (AMI) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair. Jackson has also earned the Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center for Maternity Care, Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery. For more information about Jackson visit Jackson.org.
Mary Tyler Spivey
Marketing and PR
SOURCE: Tru-D SmartUVC
# # #
Are you still looking for a model that matches your new product launch situation? Here are links to several more:
New product (or service) press releases should be a key element of every product launch. They can get significant media coverage, perk peoples’ interest, and greatly expand your new product sales.
Simply use the template provided in this article, follow the format we outlined, use the provided examples, and get eReleases to distribute your press release and you’ll be much more likely to get significant coverage than if you try to do it on your own.