I’m mystified by something. Twice today—just in the few hours I’ve been at work this morning—I’ve run into situations with companies who seem to lack press releases. Both cases occurred when I needed to pull up some basic info quickly and thought, “Oh, no problem, I’ll just pull the press release from their site.” Wrong!! And this isn’t the first time it’s happened! In my mind, this underscores a bigger issue. This is too commonplace an occurrence these days. Which leads me to ask: Where are the press releases?
For the life of me, I will never understand why press releases are so underutilized. They provide the who/what/when/where/how at a glance and give a quick overview of an event, announcement, etc. In today’s “We need the details quickly” world, press releases are the perfect vehicle to get the word out about whatever you want to share.
Designed to whet the appetite of a reporter, they contain only the “need to know” info so anyone intrigued enough can then visit the site to learn more. They’re simple to write and easy to post to your site (and you can go beyond that—see my article “5 Ways to Make Use of a Press Release” on how to use a press release once you have one). So, why aren’t more entities leveraging this valuable communication tool?
The next time you want to get the details out about a new product or service, an event, an award or countless other pieces of news, remember our friend the press release, a multi-purpose tool designed to help you get the job done.