I always start with the headline first when writing media pitches or press releases. Doing so helps keep me focused on the main point I want to get across and also, an interesting headline will mean the difference between a journalist opening your email and/or reading the rest of your story pitch.
Remember that reporters are busy and receive hundreds of emails, voice messages and requests for their time. Here are four headline ideas for pitching a reporter on your business that will get you noticed:
1. News Headline – remember that this has to be timely and news-worthy. Examples are when you first launched a new product, awards for your company, or company milestones.
2. How to Headline – this type of headline gives a promise that you are going to teach something. You can use a basic a structure such as “How to (Do something) That (will give you this benefit).
3. Question Headline – for this to work, it must be a question that the reporter’s audience (and therefore your target market) would really like to see answered.
The last example combines a question and my favorite type of headline…
4. List Headline – who doesn’t love a top 10 list? This type of headline lists a number of ways where you make a specific promise of what to expect if they read on and communicates information in bite-sized chunks.
So take a few minutes now (yes, now!) and brainstorm the types of headlines above that you can tailor to your business. Send a pitch today, and let me know if you get a media hit!
PR in Your Pajamas - Do-it-yourself Publicity for Mom Entrepreneurs
One of the questions I get asked most often from entrepreneurs doing their own PR is “Where can I post a press release for free?”
If you have the time and are so inclined, check out 60+ sites to post a free press release.
As mompreneurs our time is valuable so from the feedback I gathered, three good sites to post on are:
I’d love to know if any of you have used these sites, or others and have feedback to share.
Practical Publicity for the Time-Strapped Mom Entrepreneur