What Is the Ideal Press Release Length?
A press release is a compelling and concise news story that’s typically written by a public relations professional and distributed to targeted media sources to announce something newsworthy.
The overarching goal is to get coverage from relevant publications and be noticed by a company’s target audience.
Press releases typically cover important news such as:
- The release of a special report
- A company milestone
- A new product announcement/launch
- A new round of funding
- Announcement of a new executive
- And much more
Mark Twain once said, “I didn’t have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long one.”
And, when it comes to drafting press release content, the same notion applies. It takes skill and experience to write content that’s succinct and impactful.
How Long Should a Press Release Be?
The ideal length of a press release is between 300 and 400 words and should be no longer than a page with spacing and formatting taken into consideration.
With this in mind, writers must now focus on the content.
What Goes into Each Paragraph?
Begin with a press release summary. This is where you can provide readers with supporting information that sets the stage for your announcement.
The first paragraph will then outline the details of your announcement and news. It addresses the 5 W’s; who, what, where, when, and why which make up the foundation of the inverted pyramid.
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The second paragraph is where you can include a quote and where you begin to back up any claims with additional information.
The last paragraph provides readers with more information that supports the overall message of the press release and will encourage people to take a defined action.
For example, if you’re announcing the publication of a new study, include information about the release date and where people can find the information when it’s published.
Every release should end with a boilerplate that provides a brief description of the company.
As you can see, press releases cover a lot of information and it can be easy to exceed the ideal press release length of 300 to 400 words.
That’s why it’s important for writers to focus on communicating the most important information readers want to and should know.
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This blog post was updated March 2022.