Using Press Releases to Increase Market Awareness & Search Engine Ranking

The Power of Press Releases

Using Press Releases to Increase Market Awareness & Search Engine Ranking

Revised November 17, 2016
Originally Published May 11, 2009

Press releases are an excellent marketing tool for both online and offline advertising campaigns. A press release is something that all businesses, large or small, should utilize to increase market awareness of a company's business, specials, events, product lines, services offered, as well as participation and involvement with the community.

The Benefits of Using Press Releases

There are three main benefits to using press releases as a standard in marketing:

  1. Regularly submitting press releases increases the awareness of a business, and its presence in the community and industry.

    Not all press releases will be picked up and reported on the local news or papers. However, by regularly submitting press releases, a company is increasing the number of times that news reporters, and other media, view the company's name and related marketing materials. This improves the likelihood of having a press release eventually noticed and acted upon.

  2. Submitting press releases on a regular basis also helps to increase search engine ranking via increased link popularity.

    One of the criteria that Google uses in determining the rank of a website in search results is, "how many other websites link to 'website A'?"

    The more websites of relevant nature that link to "website A", the better ranking "website A" will have in Google's search results.

  3. In today's world, social media plays a huge roll in news "going viral".

    The "viral effect" is when a social media post is noticed initially by only a few people, but those few people repost, then others repost again, and so on, exponentially.

    This is where the viral effect comes into play: suddenly a post that was only noticed by a few has gone "viral" and hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people view the post.

What to Write About For a Press Release

The news media is always looking for something to report that is newsworthy. A Press Release is a free way to tell the media, and the world, about a company, a website, a new product or service, specials, or events.

By tying together a story on the company or product with an upcoming holiday, major news, or current event, a press release will be more newsworthy, and thus more likely to be picked up by the media and reported.

There have been many cases where a press release on a small business was turned into a national news event for the company. Often local news stories will be picked up by the national media.  

In turn, these stories may be posted on the national news website for thousands more to see.  Even better yet, the press release may be reported during the national nightly or morning news!

How to Write & Format a Press Release

The key to writing a good press release is to keep is short, simple, catchy, relevant and newsworthy. Generally, to catch media attention (or even regular people for that matter), a press release must have a catchy title.

A Press Release, generally, is a few paragraphs describing to the media: the business, specials, events, products, services, or community & industry involvement in a newsworthy manner.

While a press release is a form of marketing, the press release should not read, nor look like an advertisement or brochure. Instead, a press release should give the following information like a news story:

  • Who is the press release about?
  • What is the purpose of the press release?
  • Where is the location?
  • When is the event, promotion, etc happening?
  • Why should the this be reported on?
  • How does one participate?

The format of the press release should be similar to the following:

NEWS RELEASE

{COMPANY LETTERHEAD & LOGO}

{DATE}

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Title/Headline

Subheadline

CITY, STATE - First paragraph of text addressing the Who, What, Where, When, Why & How of the event or topic.

Additional paragraphs of text providing more details an supplemental information.

{Insert company information and contact as the final piece.}

- ####### - (Use to signal the end of the release)

- more - (Use to signal the release continues onto a second page)

How to Submit Press Releases

Distributing a press release is fairly simple in today's digital world. Make sure to distribute the press release with plenty of time for the media to pick up on the release in time for any business event or product release. Submitting a press release too late may result in the media missing the event.

There are many channels to physically distribute a press release. These range from paid services, to free websites & social media, to individually contacting newspapers, television stations, and magazines about the press release. Some free online services to distribute a press release are:

With today's social media frenzy, social media has become the fastest method of obtaining Word of Mouth advertising for practically free. Posting the press release (or at minimum a link to the press release) on all social media pages is imperative for getting the press release attention by others on social media.

If the press release catches just one person's attention, within minutes it can go viral and get linked to across the world, and millions of people! The most important social media sites to be apart of are:

Some up and coming social media sites to consider as well are:

If the first press release does not generate much response, try again later. Re-word the article, try from another point of view, attempt to find a new or different benefit to report. Remember to keep it newsworthy and professional.

Conclusion

By using press releases on a regular basis, a company can help increase market awareness in the community and industry of products, services, and related activities.

In turn a company can increase both local awareness, while also increasing website ranking in search engines resulting in a higher return on website and marketing investments.

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