Getting Press releases and Sponsored articles published
We welcome press releases for any Motorcycle related news sent in text format, within the body of the e-mail to [email protected]
Please note due to security reasons we do not accept and/or publish press releases that are sent as an attachment. All advertisers are also very welcome to send in press releases and product news for editorial purposes.
For help and guideance on how to put together press releases and how to send for publication, see these articles on The reasons why your press release isn't getting published and Common mistakes with press releases and how to avoid them.
Press releases - are a presentation of facts that are sent to journalists in the hope that they will get published and turned into stories. A press release aims to shout about something you have done or achieved, helping to raise the profile of a business, company, organisation or even a person, to consequently boost business and profile.
We are increasing receiving 'articles' / 'guest posts' that are trying to disguise the fact that the content is in fact a sponsored article.
If this is the case, then we do have the facility to publish articles, for promoting products or services. See here for details.
We work with various media agencies, promotional companies and tv production companies in helping to promote information, include article and links and also to help find participants for tv and films.
When a targeted audience is needed (for an area of the UK for example), we suggest the e-shot service. See here for details.
There are many common mistakes people make when drafting/preparing press releases.
Here are the top 10 and how you can avoid making them yourself...
Title | Third person | Information | Punctuation | Lazy copy-writing | Including quotes | Using CAPS | Short is not always sweet | Press releases are promotional - not advertisements | !!!!!!!!!!!! and !
The title of your press release is the first thing a journalist will see, so make it concise, enticing and gives a good overview of your story. Make your title something that will encourage the journalist to keep reading. Avoid lengthy, detailed titles that go on and on and on... Keep it punchy. If you really must use puns, make sure they are witty and avoid any cliches at all times.
If you read any news story, you'll notice everything is written in the third person – unless we're talking about quotes from actual people, of course. There will never be any 'we did this' or 'I think that' within the body of a well-written press release. You have to imagine that someone else is telling your story at all times. A good tip is to pick up any newspaper and see how stories are written. You'll notice everything is in the third person – as though the journalist is telling the reader about someone or something else.
You can't make assumptions that journalists will know everything about you, so make sure you include all the facts. Try to add a summary in your first paragraph, including things like where you're based, your company name and the whole angle of the story. You wouldn't believe the amount of times I've had to use Google to look up where a company is based, so I can add it to their story on Creative Boom. Some journalists won't be as patient, so make sure you add all the information.
If you're going to write a press release it's essential you use proper punctuation throughout. Journalists are so time and resource poor these days, so make their job as easy as possible by providing 'ready to publish' copy, i.e. so they don't have to muck about and double check everything you've written.
By supplying first-class copy first time, it will also gain you a solid reputation as someone who is reliable and provides quality press releases every time... someone they'll want to publish stories for again and again.
Copy written specifically for your own website or internal company newsletter will not work for a press release. It will undoubtedly be written in the first person, be too self-promotional and won't have a journalist in mind. Don't be lazy by providing something that you've already used internally. Start from scratch and write your news story specifically for the newspaper or magazine you'll be targeting, i.e. copy their own style of writing.
Once you've established the angle of your story, you should always provide one or two quotes from yourself or a spokesperson within your company. But whatever you do, don't let these quotes go to waste. They are the only thing journalists can't change, so make the most of them by throwing in some strong key messages. Don't repeat what has already been said elsewhere in the press release – use quotes as an opportunity to really sell yourself and your business. Keep it positive, upbeat and to the point. Just remember to make the most of it.
Something that really bugs journalists is the use of CAPS to emphasise certain names or words throughout a press release. For example, CREATIVE BOOM is an online magazine for the creative industries. It just looks odd and adds unnecessary workload for the journalist, i.e. they'll only have to go back through the entire release and change everything to lowercase. Avoid CAPS because you don't need to highlight your company's name – it will be quite obvious without.
Although you never want to waffle when drafting press releases, don't make the mistake of not providing enough content. More than anything, a journalist will want to get all the facts so make sure you include as much information as possible. You can still be concise and stick to the point but just don't forget to include every little detail. If in doubt, consider the 'Who, What, Where, When Why and How?' golden rule and whether you have answered all of those essential questions.
When you've completed your press release, sit back and read it through. Does it scream 'Buy Me!' or have you simply informed the reader about your company news? You see, although press releases are promotional, they are not advertisements. They are a presentation of facts, so keep it factual and use objective copy at all times.
Copy that is littered with exclamation marks and wild claims about your products and services screams spam and will only end up in a journalists junk folder. Avoid unnecessary adjectives like 'amazing' or 'beautiful' because it will only read like an advertisement and that's something you must avoid.
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