How to Write a Press Release
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What is a press release/news release?
A press release announcing something noteworthy is a written statement, prepared for distribution to the media. It’s like a ticket to grab media attention, driving compelling conversations around your brand, product, or service efficiently.
It’s not enough simply to write event press releases and send them off into the void. With the overwhelming volume of information available online, it’s important to increase visibility and ensure that your message cuts through the noise. For instance, you can use Xtensio’s press release templates and include hashtags at the end of the press release. As simple as they may seem, hashtags play a crucial role in making your traditional press releases more discoverable, particularly on social media platforms. Use the free press release examples by Xtensio. They will help you easily write a press release and achieve a good user experience and higher engagement!
It’s important to choose the right press release format. So, before start writing, you should be clear in your head about the different types of press release formats. Ask yourself what are you writing about. For example is it an event press release or do you need to write a charity press release? Let’s have a basic understanding of different news release types:
- Product launch press release
- Merger and acquisition press release
- Product updates
- Grand openings
- New partnerships
- Executive promotions/hire press release
- Award Press release
Use a template as your starting point to create and share a beautiful news release, without any design experience:
1. New Product Launches: This type of press release announces the introduction of a new product or service to the market. It often includes details about the product’s features, its benefits to the consumer, pricing, and availability. The objective is to get press coverage, generate buzz, spark interest around the new product or service, drive sales, and capture market share. Below, you will find a variety of successful product launch press release examples for inspiration.
2. Mergers and Acquisitions: Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) press releases are published when a company is either merging with another company when it acquires another business or when it is acquired by another organization. These releases are crucial as they clarify the merger or acquisition details, explain the reasons behind the move, and provide insights about the potential impacts on stakeholders.
3. Product Updates: Product update press releases communicate improvements, enhancements, or updates to existing products or services. Whether it’s a new version, additional features, or significant improvements, these releases inform customers and stakeholders about the changes and highlight the benefits of the updated product or service.
4. Events: Event press releases announce upcoming events hosted or sponsored by a company. This could be anything from a charity function to a product launch event. The goal is to attract the target audience, gain media coverage, and create anticipation around the event.
5. Grand Openings: Whether it’s a new store, office, or facility, grand opening press releases announce the details of the new location and opening date. They often include quotes from company executives and provide context around the strategic importance of the new opening for the company’s growth or expansion strategy.
6. New Partnerships: Partnership press releases announce a new collaboration or partnership between two entities. This could be a joint venture, a strategic alliance, or a simple partnership. They explain the nature of the partnership, the benefits for each party, and the potential impact on customers or the market.
7. Rebranding: Rebranding press releases announce a significant change to a company’s corporate image. This might include a new name, logo, or overall brand strategy. The goal is to communicate the reasons for the change, the story behind the new brand, and what it means for customers and stakeholders.
8. Executive Promotions/Hiring: A new hire press release announces significant changes to a company’s executive team, such as promotions, new hires, or departures. It usually includes a bio of the new executive, highlighting their achievements and what they bring to the team. The aim is to show stability, progress, or positive change within the organization.
9. Awards: Award press releases announce any recognitions or awards a company, product, or individual within the company has received. They outline the nature of the award, who presented it, and why it was given. The objective is to boost credibility and showcase success, underlining the company’s commitment to excellence.
A step-by-step guide to writing a media release
Utilizing the media to create awareness of your company is a promising strategy. Companies both at large and small scale use most press releases to get the attention of journalists in an effort to increase traffic and conversion. However, actually getting a journalist to read your news is not an easy task, especially if they’re getting hundreds of e-mails a day asking them the same thing. In order to grab their attention, you’ll need to put time and effort into writing a strong, effective press release for all of your company’s major news stories. Let’s go over the steps for writing news media and a few tips and tricks to make yours stand out from the crowd.
1. Headline: Grab their attention
Your headline needs to be clear, relevant, and interesting. Try to answer these questions before deciding on your headline and beginning to write your news release:
- What is your media release about? What important company event or milestone happened?
- Why would anybody want to know about this news?
- Think about your audience. What kind of headline would grab your attention and make you want to know more if you were in your readers’ shoes?
- Is this a newsworthy story? It is not enough if the answer is “yes” for you or your company, but why would others need to know about this announcement and how will it benefit them?
Xtensio Tip: Don’t forget about the “subject line” of the e-mail you’ll be sending. If the e-mail isn’t opened, all of your efforts become useless. The subject line is the first element that will get attention, so make sure it is personalized and precise.
2. Subheadline: Less is more
Once you grab the attention with your headline, now you should increase curiosity and make the reader want to learn more. Your subheadline should be a brief summary of the story and must support your headline. Keeping it short and simple will work in your favor.
The difference between the subheadline and the headline is that the subheadline allows you to explain why this piece of news matters in a complete sentence or two, before going into more details.
3. The first paragraph: Get to the point
This is the most important part of your press release, so think about what the reader would be interested in knowing. Instead of focusing the idea to get news coverage, see this as a marketing effort and include valuable content that will capture your target audience’s attention.
The first paragraph is where many people usually lose their audience. They either go into too much detail, use jargon or fail to express the reason for writing the release in a coherent way. Get to the point and avoid using technical or complicated language. Journalists will easily ignore your news release if they can’t catch the main idea in the first paragraph.
Quick Tip: Remember why you’re writing the press release:
- Did you release a new version of an existing product?
- Did you launch a new product?
- Are you introducing a new partnership?
- Are you announcing a success story?
- Are you opening a new office in another location?
All of these can be good reasons to get media coverage, but you should stick to the main reason you’re writing the release. Although it might seem like a good opportunity to mention other information about your company, a news release is specific to piece of news about your company. Journalists can check out your website home page and Public Relations info to learn more about your company.
4. Give more details, add a quote
Your headline was catchy, the subheadline summarized your purpose and the introduction was flawless. You’ve come this far, now you need to give more details about your announcement without losing the attention you’ve grabbed so far. To do this, you should be mindful of your audience’s interests and what they would be interested in reading about. How can it benefit them potentially?
After adding details about your big announcement, you’ll need a strong, appealing quote. Journalists will use this quote when writing an article about your big news, so don’t include just any quote from anyone in the company. And don’t include a quote you used in a media release from 2016. Make sure the quote for the new release is up-to-date, relevant to your announcement, and from an executive of the company. Adding a quote is a great way to gain credibility and get people excited about your announcement!
5. Closing statement
Time to wrap up with details explaining pricing, availability, dates, etc. In the details section, you explained why this announcement is important, here you want to make sure ‘who‘ and ‘what‘ are very clear.
Quick tip: Press releases generally end with three hashtag symbols (###) centered directly above the boilerplate and under the body copy to indicate the end of the release.
What is your company about?
Have you ever read an “about” section and did not understand what that company actually does? It happens. And that’s probably not something you would want the readers to think about your company.
To prevent confusion, keep your sentences short and the language simple. Briefly describe who your company is and what you do. This section should include your background, the founders, your location, and your mission statement. If your company has an extension, this could be a good place to indicate that as well.
Who’s your media contact?
Sharing contact information about your company’s Public Relations or Media Coordinator will make everyone’s lives easier, and it will make your press release look more professional. It’s useful to include a link to the press kit and social media accounts. Many journalists use social media, especially Twitter, to connect. Make sure to double-check that your links and phone number are correct, and that all names are spelled correctly.
Easily create your next one
The more your company evolves, the more press release distribution you’ll need. You’ll need to write each press release from scratch, but your company logo and all branding-related items will likely stay the same. This press release template is adaptable just like other Xtensio tools, it can and should be repurposed, revisited, and revised to suit your evolving needs. You can duplicate your folio to easily get started on the next one or save it as a template. All of our templates are meant to be starting points. You can always add, delete, and move your modules and sections around with Xtensio’s versatile editor to adapt the press release as you need it.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a press release?
A press release, also known as a news release, is a written statement prepared for distribution to the media to announce something noteworthy. It is designed to grab media attention and generate conversations around your brand, product, or service. The press release examples demonstrate a variety of use cases and best practices.
What types of press releases are there?
A press release can announce a range of different news items, including:
– New product launches
– Mergers and acquisitions
– Grand openings
– New partnerships
– Executive promotions/hires
The type of press release you write depends on the news you are announcing.
How long should a press release be?
A press release should be about one page long and always written in clear, professional language. It’s important to get to the point quickly and avoid using jargon or overly technical language. Check out the press release examples below for inspiration.
How can I increase the visibility of my press release?
Utilize social media and our press release templates to increase visibility. Using hashtags at the end of your press release can make it more discoverable on social media platforms. Templates, such as those provided by Xtensio, can help you write a press release with greater user engagement and experience. Check out our press release examples and modify any of them for your need.
What information should I include in a press release?
Your press release should include a clear and compelling headline, a brief summary or subheadline, a detailed first paragraph, a quote from an executive at your company, a closing statement with additional details, information about your company, and contact information for your company’s public relations or media coordinator.
Can I reuse this press release template?
Yes, our press release template is adaptable and should be repurposed, revisited, and revised to suit your evolving needs. With Xtensio’s easy editor, you can easily duplicate your press release, save it as a template, and adapt it for different news releases.
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