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Send email when people are most likely to be at their desk. Email sent too early or too late delivers lower metrics but late morning, mid-week tests best.

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"Emailed releases are less time consuming—no need to retype information, faxed and mailed press releases never get looked at—100% email is ideal. The more thorough it is, the more likely I am to consider the press release for a story."

Source: Journalist in PWR’s 2009 survey

 
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Welcome to 2010 and our new, improved and now monthly e-newsletter, Powerlines. To kick off the New Year right, we wanted to highlight 10 digital ideas to help your PR tactics evolve to meet today’s new(s) realities. Read on for more info, a tip, a case study and more. And, get in touch anytime—we’re always happy to hear from you.
 
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10 Digital Ideas for PR Professionals

As news creation and consumption continues to shift on-line, main-stream media outlets have also migrated to the web and downsized. This means that journalists and bloggers have little time and support but aggressive publication demands, particularly the demand to create on-line content. In addition, there are now millions of new voices as the blogosphere expands and social platforms enable new means of communicating. Now, even consumers encounter your PR efforts on-line.

PR professionals can take advantage of these trends by successfully aligning strategies and tactics with this new(s) reality. At PWR, we work with a variety of brands to help them make the most of their digital and social collateral, squaring their efforts with the needs of today’s journalists, bloggers and even consumers. Here are ten great ideas we’ve seen recently…


aaosTEN:  Incorporate More Video
Incorporating video into your newsroom and releases is a great way to hand easy-to-use digital content to the media. Use a social player that allows journalists and bloggers to view, download or grab embed codes. Consider offering a lot of short videos, rather than one long B-roll, so anyone who wants to cover your story on-line can grab a site-ready player with a topic customized to meet their needs (you might want to offer a downloadable link of the long, higher quality version as well).

See the video module PWR created for the AAOS newsroom, making their newsroom more digital-friendly...click here.


aadNINE: Offer Transferable Assets
Journalists and Bloggers are looking for easy-to-grab and use transferable assets. Look for creative ways to meet those needs. In addition to video, consider power point presentations delivered in Slideshare players, images dropped into image players with embed codes, Sprout Builder mini-sites, or other recipient-friendly assets.

Check out the image player PWR created for a recent American Academy of Dermatology release, making it easy for the media to grab and transfer to their own site...click here.


ptaEIGHT: Share Coverage Info
Share information on coverage in your newsroom and news releases. It’s handy for journalists and bloggers to know what other media outlets have said about your brand and/or story.

See how PWR added Coverage info to National PTA’s managed newsroom...click here.



jcSEVEN: Keep Everyone in the Loop
Make sure your bosses, Board, members, clients or even colleagues are aware of your successes. One challenge common to many PR professionals is proving how valuable you and your accomplishments are to the C-suite. Internal Media Alert newsletters can help you improve your reputation (and budget) by keeping interested parties in the loop and aware of your successes.

See The Joint Commission Big News Alert PWR developed to help spread news of their successes...click here.


zatarrainsSIX: Make It Social
Include icons of the social platforms your brand has a presence on, such as Facebook and Twitter, in all your digital collateral: your website, releases, newsroom, e-newsletters and more. This is a great way to invite everyone your brand meets on-line to become your friend, broaden media outreach efforts and grow relationships. You can also spread your news further on-line by adding social media bookmarks to your digital assets, making it easy for people to share and archive your info. Also consider forward-to-friend links, Sphere links and even incorporating a topic-specific blog to enable dialogue.

See a Zatarains Social Media Release that PWR developed, designed to move across the web more effectively... click here.


gotmilkFIVE: Give Them What They Want
In a recent survey, 89% of journalists said they want releases via email. They also want them loaded with assets—images, video, bios, and backgrounders—but don’t want attachments. Use email wisely by sending media-rich New Media Releases. Include social media elements as well as multi-media elements. Include a PDF-friendly link for all those recipients viewing on their handheld. And, be sure to optimize for the web so your news is easier to find on-line.

See an Energizer NMR that PWR developed that is loaded with information for journalists...click here.


gatoradeFOUR: Offer Easy Access to High and Low Res Images
Many journalists and bloggers are required to provide images with every story. In a recent survey, 85% said images with releases were (very) important. So give them high and low res images so they have options. And consider using an image player on-line editors and bloggers can grab and re-use in its entirety.

See a Gatorade EPK that PWR developed with high and low res image options, click here.


twitteraaosTHREE: Cross-Pollinate Your Efforts
One key to digital success is to continually cross-pollinate your efforts: plug your blog in your newsletter, ask journalists to join your RSS feed on your releases, invite your Facebook friends to join you subscription list, and let your Twitter followers know you have a YouTube channel. And make sure your branding (not some vendor's!) flows seamlessly across these channels so you’re on-line impression is impressive.

See how PWR helped AAOS brand and cross-pollinate their digital collateral, including Twitter, Facebook and releases.


mccormickTWO: Make It Fun and Invite Participation
When your brand has fun, informative and accessible events going on, make sure you let the media know.  Whether it’s adding streaming video of a big news conference or just inviting them to an on-line demo, the press will appreciate your efforts to keep them plugged in, especially if it’s low-hassle, easy to access, and ideally a bit enjoyable.

Check out a recent evite McCormick, working with PWR, sent to the media to alert them of an upcoming web demo...click here.


babwONE: Let Them Hear It
Audio clips of experts, quick tips, PSAs or other related topics can improve releases and newsrooms and are easy to share on social media sites and blogs. Audio is easy and inexpensive to incorporate and a great way to share a bit more info with your audience. Keep it short and simple—you won’t have their attention for long if you don’t get to the point quickly.

Check out the audio player PWR created for a recent Build-A-Bear Workshop release, making it easy for the media to grab and transfer to their own site...click here.


Looking for more ideas to use in 2010? Get in touch and we'd be glad to help you out!