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Permanent Press by Sally Bachetta

Permanent Press

by Sally Bacchetta

When is your best advertisement not an advertisement? When it’s a press release.

In the competition for consumer attention, a well-written press release is one of your most valuable marketing tools. Why is it vital to put yourself in the news?

Because most of us attend differently to the news than we do to advertisements. We make certain assumptions about the news, for example, that it is important, simply because it is news. We count on news editors and publishers to carefully sift through potential story leads and choose only the most relevant to report.

Many of us attribute a higher level of credibility to a news report than we do to a commercial claim. We accept (even expect) a degree of “spin” in advertising that we won’t tolerate in a news report.

And the majority of us simply pay more attention to the news than we do to advertisements. Other than maybe during the Super Bowl, when is the last time you heard someone say, “Oh, good— the commercials are on now”?

A press release puts you on the front page of the public mind. It is an opportunity to build name recognition and generate interest in your company without delivering a sales message. If you’re not sure that you have anything newsworthy to report, think of a press release as a chance for the general public to go beyond your front door and to get to know your company and its employees.

Use a press release to announce:

  • Formation of a new partnership or division
  • Corporate citizenship or community involvement
  • Launch of a new product, service or capability
  • Company anniversary or milestone
  • Recent awards, certifications, publications or patents
  • Sponsorships, grants or educational opportunities

Successful marketers cultivate symbiotic relationships with the press. News editors and publishers need content; your business needs exposure. Relevant, well-written press releases are a way to establish yourself as a resource in your industry and to confirm your company as one to watch.

Quality interactions with the media generally lead to more quality interactions with the media, which leads to quality interactions with potential customers. Learn to harness the power of the press release and you too can enjoy the benefits of permanent press.

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