We’ve recently noticed a good deal of dialogue about the future of the press release. Some seem to feel that the press release–with its self-lauding and company-specific spin–is, for all intents and purposes, irrelevant in a media world that runs on in-the-minute social media. Others, however, feel that PR professionals may simply need to tweak the way they approach both the releases themselves and the journalists they pitch. We tend to find ourselves in the second camp.
Lisa Gerber of Big Leap makes some good points in her recent blog post on the subject. While she concedes that journalists are wary of PR-generated press releases because of potential bias, she still feels that writing them and putting them out there is worth it–assuming you have your finger on the pulse of the audience you want to reach and an understanding of what writers do and do not find newsworthy.
“…please, stop asking your PR agency to crank out another news release on the upgrade of your manufacturing equipment; something in which only your mother and your CEO will take interest…”
Amen! The more spammy/niche/look-what-we-can-do information you send, the less likely writers and editors are to pay attention when you send them something that’s actually relevant to their audience.