There are many ways to gain exposure online but one of the most effective currently is online or SEO PR. At SEO it Right we build online PR into the majority of our online marketing campaigns but in case you want to have a go yourself here are our top tips for writing an effective SEO press release.
What makes a good story
If you have to choose a topic for an online press release then you are doing something wrong. If something happens within your organisation that you think others should know about then this should automatically become the topic of a news release.
Bill tripping over his own big toe and spilling coffee on the shop floor is not newsworthy – blog worthy perhaps if you have photographic evidence or if Bill spilling coffee accidentally leads to the discovery of new floor cleaning practices, but amusing anecdotes do not make a good press release. The news is a serious channel for awareness building and thus you need to reserve your best stories for the online PR world.
Examples of good topics for SEO press releases would be the launch of a new store or branch, the acquisition of another business, the creation of a new website or brand development or an addition to your range of products and services. Further ideas may include how your business is responding to changes within your industry or the introduction of new, key members of staff.
Despite the fact that you may feel like telling the whole world your news, in reflection the most receptive and targeted audience will be your local one. If you are opening a new store or branch of your business then it makes sense to target news wires and publications within this new area to build up excitement about the forthcoming launch.
Getting the content right
Online press releases do not differ greatly from their traditional offline counterparts in terms of the structure of the content. An SEO press release needs to have a clear geographic target, be dated, have a headline that sums up the story behind the release and be set out in clear paragraphs using concise wording and delivering all the facts. Including a quotation from a key person within the organisation gives the release a ‘human’ angle and can provide an interesting snippet for readers and journalists to scan their eyes over.
Optimising the release
Some of the key ways to optimise your press release will be using hyperlinks within the text to drive interested parties back to a relevant landing page, website or blog. Crucial to the press release process now is to use no follow links wherever possible as Google classes press releases as paid advertising and thus any links within that release which are hyperlinked back to your site to create a backlink may be discredited if created as a follow link.
An SEO press release shouldn’t be seen as the start of the story but more the beginning. If you have something interesting to share about your business then it is only natural you should want to share it in lots of different places. Integrating your social profiles within a press release is vital so that anyone who finds your news interesting can follow you on Facebook, Google+, Twitter or Youtube to keep up to date with future developments.
Submitting in the right places
Traditionally press releases would be created by PR companies who would then call their contacts at various newspapers, publications, radio and television stations to get them interested in the story. Journalists would then decide if they wanted to run the story and possibly send round a photographer to take some snaps to accompany the news release. With the introduction of online news wires, this process has become much more immediate. Online PR news wires still need to approve content though so you need to make sure it is newsworthy, readable and featuring the relevant information if you want to have your release approved for online submission. You can purchase various packages or pay a one off fee to submit your news through the top PR wires, however unless you are an agency this can be very expensive.
As with any press release, getting people to publish is as challenging as ever. The more newsworthy your story is and the more targeted the places you send it to, the better your exposure will be. But at the very least, your news will be published somewhere online other than your own website and will create additional awareness about your business, brand, product or service, to complement an overall online marketing strategy.
If at the end of all this you think it might be best to call in the experts please feel free to get in touch 🙂
Posted by Frances Berry
There is nothing worse than a company constantly boring their social audience with promotional tweets and Facebook updates about ‘awesome’ products or services. Social media is not a platform for selling, but rather a place to generate brand awareness and encourage audience engagement with a view to then converting this interest into a potential sale at some point in the future. For this reason social updates ought to be engaging, different and interesting to those who may come across them – otherwise they are likely to be ignored.
At SEO it Right we pride ourselves in making our SEO, social media, online PR and email marketing relevant not only to our customers’ business and target audience but also what is going on in the wider world. Tapping into news stories, industry updates and awareness campaigns is a great way to increase your visibility both organically and socially.
To give you an example, this morning we are dressed as pirates and eating cupcakes – not that we need any excuse to eat cake here at the SEO it Right offices, but if we did then National Cupcake Week would be a good place to start! As for the pirate patches, well we have just returned from sailing the seven seas after a trip of plundering and pillaging…not really but as it is International Talk Like A Pirate Day there seems no better occasion to be donning an eye patch and singing a chorus of ‘What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor’.
Ok, so it is a bit of fun and it isn’t like we do any SEO for pirates, but if we did then today’s international awareness date would be the perfect opportunity for us to create some positive PR and engage with social audiences. Besides, having a little fun makes the day so much more memorable.
To find out more about how we can promote your business through social media marketing and SEO PR please do get in touch on 0121 308 0219. AArrrrrh! We look forward to your call me hearties!
Posted by Frances Berry
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your online marketing company? Well here’s a little taster based on some of the things we do on a typical day from our Birmingham SEO headquarters.
Firstly the day will start with a cup of tea – generally made by Claire because she is the most organised. Once the caffeine starts to tickle the taste buds we are ready to tackle a busy day ahead – because it is always a busy day if you are doing your online marketing effectively!
Monday mornings are the worst for most people which is why we like to treat our staff to a morning hoe-down as soon as they are awake. This does not mean that we do American style square dancing around the offices but more that we gather together to talk through the most important tasks for the week ahead to ensure everyone knows what they are doing who has responsibility for getting things done. Depending on what department you are in – sales, creative or technical – your day is going to be very different in terms of the work you do but will all be working towards the same goal – improving the online visibility of our clients.
Rather than bore you with the details let’s focus on the SEO team and what they get up to on a typical day…so without giving any trade secrets away they are skilled in creating content for clients’ sites, blogs, SEO, social media and SEO PR – in other words there is a lot of writing going on. It is this strength in online copywriting that we are truly proud of and what makes us such a special team – there is no outsourcing here – we just keep the staff chained to the desk all day and night (only joking…though there’s a thought…). Research also forms a big part of any day – finding newsworthy topics, identifying content is suitable for syndication, learning more about our customers so that we can be their social voice and generally keeping up with all that is new and upcoming in the big, bad world of SEO and online marketing. That’s something else we pride ourselves on – our ability and passion for R&D – without it we couldn’t keep up with new ideas, algorithm changes and the latest technology that keep us at the forefront of our industry.
Supporting clients is another vital part of the SEO’s day – helping customers to understand reporting so that they are getting all the information they need to develop their business, answering questions and providing training are just a few examples of how we provide support. The door is always open (apart from this week when it doesn’t work!) and we’re completely open and approachable in everything we do – I challenge anyone to find another SEO company in Birmingham or the UK for that matter who can provide the same honesty and integrity (ok so we’re probably not the only ones, but there’s nothing wrong in singing about your strengths).
Managing this business is stressful at times but then I wouldn’t have it any other way – working with a team of diverse, creative and enthusiastic staff makes coming to work each day something to look forward to and in an industry that never sleeps you can be assured that the next exciting thing is never far around the corner.
Tomorrow we will be dressing like pirates and eating cupcakes but that is all in another day at SEO it Right!
Posted by Frances Berry
If you didn’t already know last Saturday – 27 July – was the first UK National PR Awareness Day. Celebrated to coincide with the launch of the 2012 Olympics – a prime example of how PR works – this day was created to recognise the importance of public relations in business. Whilst we totally applaud this concept we wanted to go one step further and talk about the need for businesses to appreciate the importance of online PR as well as offline methods.
SEO PR is a great way to drum up awareness about your business, brand, product or service and it can be used very effectively as a standalone service or when combined with traditional offline marketing methods or as part of a digital marketing strategy that also encompasses SEO and social media.
We celebrated National PR Awareness Day by issuing our own news release to stress the importance of PR and SEO to businesses, stressing that they need to look beyond ranking positions by themselves and start concentrating on the bigger picture to determine where their traffic is coming from and what kind of user experience they are delivering.
To read what we had to say about creating more awareness around SEO PR please click here
Posted by Frances Berry