Press release distribution advice
I've sent a few press releases on behalf of
http://www.smallbiztechnology.com and have noticed
some traffic increase, but to get reporters to cover
your story - takes personal phone calling and a
>My company is starting a marketing campaign Oct. 1st
>and we are going to invest a little money in press
Just sending a press release by itself is most likely
NOT going to get you on the front page of the NY Times
or etc - UNLESS it's really some earth shattering news.
You should really schmooze and target your p-release
to local reporters who you want coverage from. But
remember - make it something JUICY and NEWSY!
>Most of the companies distribute them internationally
>which is a waste to us when we only target Southern
>California. Does anyone have any ideas
>about how we can more closely target our market?
BizWire, Internet News Bureau, and PRNewswire can
distribute p-release by several different levels of
geographic distribution - metro area, state, US
regions and etc.
Check out digitalwork.com
>Also I'd like some feedback on how press releases have
>worked for other companies that aren't neccesarily
>Fortune 500 but may have something news worthy to
I don't think the key is so much if you're Fortune 500 or
not (except that they have money to spend to hire people
to network with reporters and craft a message) But thanks
to the 'net you press release will end up in the news
section of major portals that get BizWire / PRNewswire
feeds. Those who have "news alerts" set up will get your
press release if it contains keywords that they've set up.
>And lastly has anyone had any experience with
>multimedia press releases? We just developed a video
>press kit and are thinking about putting a portion of
>it on the web for viewing. Thanks!
Again, unless reporters really need the info, a video
press kit is probably a waste of time. UNLESS what you
have is revolutionary and really will catch the eye and
ears. If you're CEO is just going to talk for an hour -
skip the press kit. But if you've got some really cool
jumping widgets that automatically move - go ahead and
put it up on your site!!!!
All the best.
Ramon Ray, ramon_at_smallbiztechnology.com
Author, "Small Business Technology Survival Guide" @
Received on Wed Oct 04 2000 - 22:29:47 CDT