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Don't forget to include your URL with your media release
By Kim Harrison,
Consultant, Author and Principal of www.cuttingedgepr.com
In addition to sending media releases to the news media, many organizations also have a list of bloggers on their distribution list. It is important for bloggers that you include a link to the URL of your media release.
If the release contains some useful news bloggers will comment something like: "XYZ Company announced in a news release today that they plan to launch a…", and the link will enable readers to go to the full announcement (there's no way the blogger will run it in full for you.). Omitting a link to your media release causes hassles for bloggers because they can't refer readers to your full release.
What to do
1. Publish your news release on your website (or at least have the web page set up temporarily with a holding note).
Some PR people may say it takes time to publish the news release in their organization's website because their web or IT team may be slow in posting the page to the site. That is merely a process matter that should be cleared up with them, especially with some forethought on your part.
For further leverage, you can also put links in your media release to your company logo, quotes, photos, videos etc that you might want a blogger to potentially include in their material. These links can be included in various formats ranging from easy-to-find links in the sidebar next to the text in your release through to a full "social media news release."
About the Author
Kim Harrison is a recognized authority in the public relations field. His website, www.cuttingedgepr.com, provides a wealth of informative articles and resources on public relations techniques and management.
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