Journalists Tell Us Their News Release Do's & Don'ts
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    April 2014
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No Revealing Headline Here:
It's the Must-Read-It-to-Get-It Edition
We have a point. Really. We’re even going to tell you what it is. Promise. But first we have to ask you a few questions. (If you can’t see images, now’s the time to download them.)

What does this mean?
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Splat. Painting is fun!
Pink is the new black
Up, up, up
The letter A
Dogs
Tuesday rocks

 
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Guess
Good guess.

Answer: The letter A. (shrug, who knew?)


Now, what does this series of symbols mean?

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Pizza is delicious
Engage
Sunshine
The new iPhone is coming
I'm sleepy
Shapes are cool

Guess
Answer: Engage


Still confused?

Click below to get the clue and it will all make sense:

Get a Clue

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And the point of this exercise isÉ

All of us in the marketing, PR and the content creation world know to be on the lookout for our own jargon, acronyms, buzzwords, and other gobbledygook words. But even those of us with the best intentions sometimes forget that our audience doesn’t have the key.

Make sure you don’t use symbols (words, phrases, acronyms, even graphics) unless the target audience is already familiar with them. Take time to really think about your audience—the people who will consumer your website, enewsletter, news release or other assets—and read with them in mind. If you're having trouble, ask your friend or brother or grandmother to read it and confirm that it makes sense to an outsider.

Hope you enjoyed our read-it-to-get-it-edition. Get in touch to chat branding, design or digital project anytime.

 
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