A Step-By-Step Guide On Press Release Writing
Many new marketers and business owners have heard of press releases but are not sure how to write one. It’s easier than you think if you follow the suggested template step-by-step. Here are the essentials for each press release:
1. Newsworthy Information
A press release is intended to communicate news about your company to journalists and other media personnel in hopes of getting media pickups. The news must be genuine, don’t make it an advertisement. Genuine newsworthy items would include: launching a new product, hosting a live event, or changing the structure of your company.
2. The Headline
The headline should be brief, command attention, and contain a keyword that signals what niche or industry you are working in. Make it catchy, but not click-baity.
3. The Subheadline
The subheadline gives additional information to clarify the headline and also generates a broader idea of what the release is about. It should also contain keywords related to your niche or industry.
Include the city where your company is located, and the date you are issuing the press release. The city might trigger local media pickups. The date shows how current the information is when journalists are browsing through all the press release at your site or at the press release distribution service interface.
Example: New York, New York, September 10, 2018
5. The first paragraph
The first paragraph of any good press release will contain what is called the 5Ws:
This is a useful checklist journalists use to make sure they include all the facts of a news story and don’t leave anything important out. If you use the 5Ws you will be giving the journalists all they need to pick up your story.
6. Paragraph 2
In this paragraph, include any of the 5Ws that you weren’t able to fit into the first paragraph. Also include supporting information, such as the context of the story, so readers can understand why it is important. Facts, figures and statistics will usually help.
7. Paragraph 3
In this paragraph, include at least one quotation from people in the know in your niche. It could be the head of your company. Even better, it could be a comment from someone who is a recognized expert in your niche. This will also provide a context and show journalists that you are worth paying attention to, and therefore worth picking up.
Include at least one high-quality image to support your press release. It should be of the new product you are launching, for example, if that is why you are writing the press release.
Include video, as well, if available. Good formats include a problem and solution format, with your product helping people in your niche. How-to videos are also very popular. A quick start guide on how to use your product once you buy it will also work well. Upload your content to YouTube, copy the embed code, and paste it in the press release distribution service interface.
Include captions for each image or video and a Creative Commons license so journalists will feel free to use it without worrying about infringing on any copyrights.
9. A Call to Action
Tell readers what you want them to do after reading the press release. For example, send them to an URL where they can learn more, download a free item, and so on.
10. Your Boilerplate
Write a short paragraph giving background information about your company so journalists will know who you are and what you do.
11. The Contact Information for the person who will follow up with Journalists
Provide the name, email, and phone.
12. Add a Signal for the End of the Release
Use the symbol ### to show that readers have reached the end of the release so they don’t look for additional pages.