When a Press Release is Better than a Press Pitch
In this episode of PR Talk Amy and Mike talk about when using a press release will provide additional value to “just” sending a pitch. They review some specific instances or topics when a press release can get you coverage or enhance a simple mention to a bigger story.
If you write about what’s new in your organization (your homework from the Forget Your Story episode), those are the topics that you may want to write a press release about. The press release provides structure and helps layout your thoughts, insert a quote and provide additional pertinent information.
“A press release can change two sentences of coverage into two paragraphs.” – Amy Rosenberg
Here’s a cheat sheet of the types of things a business section or local community paper/section might cover:
Do something within the community or industry where you want coverage to create Press Release ideas:
- Join a board/committee
- Donate to a cause
- Open a new location
- Create a new service
- Hire a notable new person
- New product or service
- Construction of a new development/building
- Launch of a new scientific study/results of a new scientific study
- Community involvement/volunteering*
- Events, photo opps & press conferences*
- Recap what you did (events & fundraising)
*Typically more of a press advisory.
See our Media Advisory Template and Press Release Template.
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