Press Releases

PR Headlines That Get You Noticed

Posted by at 14 July, 2009, 10:34 am

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.

  • Babyclothing company launches spring clothing line only in the color green
  • You awarded World Mompreneur of the Year Award

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).

  • How to Get Your Kids to Sleep Through the Night in 7 days
  • How to Start A Mom Entrepreneur Business That Earns Six Figures in the First Year And Still Maintain Your Sanity

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.

  • Do employers really know what moms are looking for in the workplace? (this could be the result of a survey, which can be an effective PR tactic especially for start up businesses in a crowded marketplace)
  • What are the Top 5 Business Models for a Mompreneur Business

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.

  • The 10 Must-Do “Date-Nights” for Families
  • 8 Lessons from a Life Coach

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!

Elena Verlee
PR in Your Pajamas - Do-it-yourself Publicity for Mom Entrepreneurs

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Where to post a press release for free

Posted by at 15 June, 2009, 12:12 pm

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: (this one looks like they will charge you $24.95 but all new registrations get a $25 credit so really, it’s free)

I’d love to know if any of you have used these sites, or others and have feedback to share.

Elena Verlee
Practical Publicity for the Time-Strapped Mom Entrepreneur

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