April 18, 2022
You’ve Distributed A Press Release. What’s Else Can You Do To Promote It?
Cofounder of Newsworthy.ai
You spent hours (minutes if you used Newsworthy's AI tools) writing your press release and getting approvals from company stakeholders. The press release is very good and you can’t wait to share your news with the world. So you distribute the release over a newswire, like Newsworthy.ai, where it gets distributed to hundreds of websites, shows up on Google News, etc., etc. What else can you do to promote the news within your industry?
Unfortunately, many companies don't do anything after distributing a press release — especially when they aren’t represented by a public relations or marketing agency.
Here are 5 things you should do after you’ve distributed your press release to make more people aware of your news — compared to the time it took to write the release, these activities are easy and take very little time!
- Post the release to your own website and include the press release in your company newsletter or other customer/prospect communications. Or, use Newsworthy.ai's self-hosting WordPress Plugin to automote the publishing of the release to your website (and benefit from the increased traffic and SEO).
- Treat your press release like all other marketing content. Share it on all of your social media channels with appropriate hashtags. And don’t forget to tag/mention relevant people and companies, to increase engagement.
A critical, but often overlooked, component to press release success is image selection. Having the wrong size or wrong type of image impacts how your shared press release looks on social media — and can hurt engagement. Most newswires allow you to include several images in your news release, typically a company logo and/or a ‘news’ image but they’re not always social friendly Open Graph (OG) images. Newsworthy.ai has a nifty integration with Unsplash, making it super easy to search for and include social media-ready images in your news releases.
3. Ask team members and your brand "advocates" to share the press release. This can make a huge difference in your reach! There’s power in numbers. Newsworthy.ai's Brand Ambassador/Advocacy groups make this easy by allowing you to leverage internal teams and outside stakeholders to get press releases seen and engaged with by more people.
4. Get a few ‘influencers’ to share the release. If you have relationships with online influencers, ask them to help you share the press release. On Newsworthy.ai, you can hire influencers to help share your news, using the Influencer Marketplace. There are many micro-influencers that will share your content for a reasonable fee.
5. Send a few pitches to journalists. Don’t have a PR agency? No problem, you can still do some media outreach. Newsworthy.ai's NewsDB™ and Media Pitches feature allow you to (1) build media pitch lists and if you choose, (2) auto-notify your media contacts each time your company distributes a press release. Learn more.
If you choose to notify journalists with individual emails, keep it simple. Send a personalized email ‘pitch’ to a handful of carefully selected reporters at industry trades, and business periodicals. Other pitching tips:
- Make sure to write an attention-grabbing email subject line.
- Keep your pitch to 2–4 sentences with statistics (if applicable), a tie-in to current events, and reasons why the journalist’s readers should care about your news.
- Include a link to your news release.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with the media outlet ad that you’ve read articles written by the journalist.
- Include sufficient details to help the journalist make a quick decision.
- Provide contact information, links to referenced information, and perhaps an offer to interview a customer that relates to your news.
This article from JustReachOut provides some sample pitch templates