Beyond PR

Jan 20, 2016

Press Release Tips from A to Z [Infographic]


Regardless of whether your company publishes a press release once per month or once per day, you could probably write one with your eyes closed, right?

It’s easy to become a press release zombie — satisfied with the status quo, complacent with your press release distribution strategy and the media pickup you’ve generated.

However, just because you can do something the same way over and over again, doesn’t mean you should.

Public relations and marketing have changed a lot over the past few years. With these changes have come more reasons to send a press release, new tips for writing a press release, and better technology for distributing a press release.

Sure, most of us know that press releases are no longer used for the sole purpose of driving earned media, and including a photo with your news release is now a must, not a nice-to-have.

But have you considered including a lead generation form with your press release or using your reporting to A/B test different press release tactics?

As our Press Release Boot Camp checklist shows, there are a lot of things to keep track of when sending press releases. Sometimes you need to go back to basics to make sure you don’t lose your way.

To help you out, we’ve put our heads together to come up with the ABCs of press releases.

We’re not just dotting Is and crossing Ts. The following graphic offers up press release tips for every letter of the alphabet (even X!).

When sending a press release, there can be a lot of pieces to juggle. Check out PR Newswire's A-to-Z press release tips for a refresher on how to write and distribute content that not just gets noticed, but also drives audience action.


Before submitting your next press release, take a moment to make sure you have everything you need — from proper source attribution to captions for your visuals.

Check out our free white paper Press Release Boot Camp: What You Need to Know for more tips on how to write and distribute press releases that get noticed and read.


Author Amanda Hicken is PR Newswire’s senior manager of strategic content and managing editor of Beyond PR. Follow her on Twitter @ADHicken for tweets about the media, marketing, Cleveland, and comic books.

7 Comments on Blog Post Title

­ J Robert Goldner 11:14 EST on Jan 21, 2016

Awesome!! u rock!!!

­ Andrea Bartus 16:45 EST on Jan 21, 2016

This is really excellent, practical advice for both beginners and seasoned writers. Thank you!

­ Jens Virol 15:04 EST on Feb 2, 2016

Great ! Thanks for sharing Amanda.

­ mustafa 07:18 EDT on Mar 17, 2016

Very nice page

­ Lorie Briggs 09:35 EDT on Jul 31, 2016

I would love to have this as poster to hang in the classroom where I teach Intro to PR Writing. Is the art available for posters?

­ Amanda Hicken 12:12 EDT on Jul 31, 2016

Hi, Lorie. I’m glad you liked the graphic. I’ll follow up this week via email with more information.

­ Bob Morey 00:45 EDT on Aug 2, 2016

Very nice reminder of how and why we write these

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