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13 May 10 4 Press Release Writing Tips

It sounds too obvious to be overlooked, but it has been overlooked by many. Surprising it may sound, but many marketers do not actively use press releases to build credibility, get backlink, and pull visitors. And many of those who try never get passed a few visitors or a few acceptances (in press release syndications) because the press release is not properly written for the purpose.

Writing a press release is a bit tricky – and I am not talking about technical stuffs when I wrote that – but it will not remain so, should you read this article through the end.

4 Press release tip

Use Newsworthy angle

Not every write-up can pass for a press release, and your advertising, promotional, and self-glorifying materials will also not pass for a press release.

The content of your press release should be newsworthy for it getting accepted by the online newswire (press release distribution services). If you do not have a newsworthy announcement to make then you can talk of any product offer that you are giving, or any services that you are offering. Write any non-promotional material you want, but write it from the news angle. Just provide who, what, when, where and how of the story. Do not go overboard with self promotion.

A good start is important

The very first sentence of your press release should be powerful. Use targeted headline for the press release, and succinctly provide all the required information in the first paragraph of the press release. You need to give all the details of the news (provide who, what, when, where and how) in the first paragraph only.

Keep it short

The length of your press release should not be around 500 words. Do not make it longer. No one likes to read 3-page long release. Use short sentences, and active voice. Write only those things that adds value to the reader. As said, 500-word is the number you should try to be around.

Write for the media

Many press releases fail to attract attention from media people, newswire, and journalists, etc., because the press release is not written with them in mind. It is written with readers in mind. Writing a press release for end users is a mistake, as they are not the immediate target audience of a press release. Write it for media.

You should also include your contact information at the end, to assist those who want more information about the release.

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