How to Write a Press Release…The Online Business Branding Secret Weapon

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It’s true – press releases ARE one of the secret weapons of successful online business branding! They are distributed widely across the web and have very high SEO and page page rank credo – which means they get indexed highly and quickly in the search engines :-)

I have been using them for me an my clients as part of a good online branding strategy for a coupe of years now.

However, the words “Press Release” and the thought of how to write a press release seem to scare most people to death. On top of that not many people take the time to even think of writing their own press release. I hope this article will help clear up some of the mysteries surrounding this simple but highly effective form of marketing.

The first thing you have to remember is that a press release is a news item. It needs to inform people, NOT sell them something. For example, you are reading this article because you want to learn something that will BENEFIT YOU. You aren’t reading it just so you can buy something else.

If money is the only driving force in your business – you won’t go too far. Your main goals should be in providing value to your customers and offering high-quality products which exceed expectations. The trick is to do all this while still making money. People don’t care what mountains you had to climb, what seas you had to cross or what tribe of people you had to learn the ways of just to find a secret formula. Instead – they want to know WHAT the secret formula is.

The e-mails you send and banner ads etc sell your product. A press release informs others about your product. Instead of your main objective being to sell the product and have the customer send in an order immediately, a press release informs the customer exactly how your product will benefit their lives. This must be conveyed in the form of a “newsworthy” press release.

If you have a sales circular to sell a product, you can easily turn it into a press release without much difficulty. It’s just a new marketing angle of presenting your product to the public. The following is an example of a typical Press Release for publishing services:

“So many people are entering the mail order market these days, but so many of them are getting ripped-off by a bunch of hype. People are promised untold riches in a short period of time. The hype ads play with their emotions by making them believe it’s so easy to make money through the mail. It’s sad.

However, a new book has just been released to help solve these problems for the average person. For the first time in history – a REAL directory has been compiled listing the ACTUAL name and addresses of 179 honest and trustworthy mail order folks. People can write DIRECTLY to these people and receive FREE information to get them started in their own business now!

It’s unbelievable. Without trying to sell you anything else, you can get this book for only $4.95 – a price anyone can afford. Meet the real mail order dealers who care about their products and wants to help you get started doing what they are doing.

Only available from ILIM Publishing, PO Box 123, ILIM City 123987.”

Short and sweet – but you should be able to see the “newsworthiness” in it. Its main focus is on the fact that most people get ripped-off when they start their first mail order business. The solution to this problem is a new directory that is available for the first time in history. The sell is slowly led into because the reader will naturally want to get their hands on this one. It doesn’t ask for money it only tells the reader how to get a copy if they want one.

Here’s a great test for a real press release. Since your final sales pitch is included in the last paragraph – read the press release aloud. Would it still be worth reading WITHOUT your sales pitch? If so, it’s probably  good to go.

Press releases come in many forms depending to the product you are writing about. However, the basic rule of thumb still applies. If you’ve never written one before – it may be a little difficult or daunting to start but don’t worry, it’s pretty straightforward: Grab the latest daily newspaper and read some of their informational articles. Notice how each article is written and pattern yours after the same format. After you do a few of them – you’ll get the hang of the style and will be able to write them quite easily.

When your Press release is written to your satisfaction and you come to submitting it to a publisher, the standard format is double-spaced and not longer than two pages. Be sure and put your name, address/web address and page number at the top of each page. Write the note: “For Immediate Release.”  at the top. If you are only sending the press release to one publication – tell them it’s a “first run.”

When submitting Press Releases online, the major PR sites, such as PRNewswire and PRWeb, charge from $80 to around $400 per Press Release, depending on where it is published and what level of journalists and other influential people are exposed to it. However, there are many sites that will publish for free. I particularly like EzineArticles’ sister site Press Exposure and PR Log – where you can submit easily, quickly and for free.

Do you have any tips or comments about using press releases as a great form of online business branding? Leave a comment below

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