How To Ruin Your Press Release
in 3 Easy Steps
Thackston Copyright © 2003
I see it almost every day. People who want to generate a press frenzy, but
go about it in just the opposite way that they should.
There are some definite strategies you need to use when writing a press release
that gets results. There are also some long-standing, proven ways to completely
and totally ruin your release. In an effort to help you get what you want
out of your next press campaign, I'd like to share the top three "bombs"
Step One - Ignore Your Target Audience
Just as with advertising copywriting, you have to understand who you're writing
to and what those people want. When you write a press release, you're not
targeting the end user. you're targeting journalists.
While your potential customers may respond to claims that you're the best,
that your product or service is going to make them happier, healthier, richer
or more beautiful. reporters will definitely not!
Journalists are fact-oriented people. Their job is to give a well-rounded
view of anything they write about. new scientific developments, the latest
upheaval in the Middle East, or your product or service. In order to appeal
to journalists, you'll have to give them the facts and allow them to make
up their own minds. Anything less will be a huge turn-off that will cost
you any type of publicity from the reporter's publication.
Step Two - Write Your Press Release Like an Advertisement
This step - if done properly - can ruin your press release all by itself.
There is nothing more annoying to journalists than receiving a hype-filled
sheet labeled "Press Release."
I've actually read about cases where reporters turn over such "releases"
to their advertising department as leads! Remember what we just discussed
in Step One? Now that you have a good vision of your target audience in mind,
don't blow it when you begin to write.
Keep a picture of Tom Brokaw or some other stiff-necked news anchor taped
to your computer monitor while you write. If you wouldn't hear Tom using
the verbiage you're typing into your release on the nightly news, don't include
it in your copy.
Step Three - Send Your Press Release Out to Everybody on the Face of the
Earth Whether It Is Applicable to Them or Not
Here's yet another "tactic" that so many well-meaning people misunderstand.
Again. just like advertising, you have to keep your target audience in
If you manufacture automobile parts and sell them to repair shops, would
you advertise in a golf magazine? Certainly not! Why? Because it's very unlikely
that you'll get any response. Wholesale auto parts are not what most golfers
are looking for.
The same holds true when distributing your press release.
Take the time to develop, rent, buy or broker a list that will get your release
in front of people who will actually care. Will it be free? No. Will it work?
Unless you use one or all of these three ways to ruin your release, it
Are there more ways to ruin your press release? Oh sure! Lots of them. But
these "Top 3 Killers" require the most attention. Before you write your next
press release, take time to stop and think. Are you using any of these three
steps? If so, make changes now so your release will accomplish everything
you've hoped for.
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