Making Business News Newsworthy Part 3

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Part 3 of a 3 Part Series
Making Business News Newsworthy:

In part 1, readers learned what is classified as newsworthy news. In part 2, readers learned the tricks of writing successful press releases to produce results from media outlets.

In this final part of the series, part 3, learn how to send and where to send that captivating press release to deliver results. Where should it go and how?

Part 3: How to Send a Press Release

  • Establish a list of local media outlets
  • Use free online press release distribution websites
  • Analyze if paid national distribution is cost effective

Establish a list of local media outlets

For small to medium businesses in a city that is a not a major metropolitan area such as New York City or Los Angeles, you should be able to create a media list fairly quickly.

To submit a press release to a newspaper, is fairly simple as most newspaper websites include a news submission area. I recommend creating a distribution email list.

Visit various media outlet’s websites by Google searching “media outlets in [your area]” and identify emails for your media list:

  • Reporters assigned to your news subject
  • Editors over newspaper content – there are many sections
  • Assignment desk emails for television news
  • TV reporters covering your “beat” or area
  • Fax numbers for each media outlet

Creating a list for my area in Naples, Fla. for example took about one to two hours. You also have the option of buying media lists from a number of online providers, just search Google. But unless you are in a very large metropolitan area, it is really a waste of money to pay for a list, as they are often outdated.

Use Free Online Press Release Distribution Websites

Nearly all newspapers allow you to submit for free online and often that works better than emailing attachments. The Associated Press news release submission area, is simple to use. But you cannot attach releases, you must copy and paste them into an email.

Another great site where I have had international interest from press releases is Pitch Engine, an online press release distribution firm. They do not fax media. It is however a site media frequently visit. Although Ezine Articles is a great site, traditional “sales” news releases have trouble getting published and you would need to rewrite your company news just like a reporter would. So I only recommend it to those of you with time on your hands or staff to handle the responsibility.

Analyze if Paid National Distribution is Cost Effective

National distribution of a press release is very costly, especially for a small business, if you pay for it directly with an online source. Hiring a marketing firm such as DREAMFly Marketing makes sending a press release nationwide much more affordable. Think out of your area too! Your marketing firm does not have to be local. We are a Naples, Florida Marketing firm handling clients across the U.S., so look around.

If however your company is developing a cutting edge creation that you know is hitting it big, then it may make sense to invest money to distribute your press release nationally. When you hire a PR firm to distribute nationally, it is more expensive than doing it yourself, unless the firm is handling all sectors of your marketing plan.

Pitch Engine is a free site previously mentioned, but you may also pay between $19.99 and $49.99 for various newsroom plans so your releases never expire. PR Web charges $360 per news release if you want your news to be sent to premiere outlets such as USA Today.

PR Newswire has a lot of hidden costs, although boasts a low subscription fee. It costs $415 to have a logo on a subscriber’s online releases.

The only national distribution site I would confidently recommend for cost effective purposes and news reach is i-newswire. It is reasonably priced between $13.33 and $23.50 per press release and goes to many of the same media outlets as the more expensive distribution programs.

In summary, make sure you news is really news and ensure you are writing your business news just as a reporter would to ensure once you have your media lists, company news publishes seamlessly.

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About Camden Smith

Camden Smith has written 77 posts for Marketing Magnetics.

Camden Smith owns DREAMFly Marketing with 16 years in strategic marketing and television journalism. Her cutting-edge, aggressive marketing skills have earned her numerous awards. Smith lives in Naples, Florida with her daughter London.

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