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    March 3, 2010

    Inevitably there will come a time where publicity needs to be a part of your marketing mix. You may opt for mainstream media publicity or Internet publicity. Either way, you need a solid platform to promote yourself and to be accessible when publicity opportunities come your way. Often clients will contact me to invest in press release writing services. While I’m always happy to help (I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, writing press releases), I do have to ask some questions to make sure this isn’t a waste of their time or mine. First, you  need to have a strategy. If there is no strategy in place then we first need to make sure the press release goals are clear before we get started. We also need to make sure the business is ready for publicity. If there is […]

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    February 18, 2010

    Once you’ve determined that you have something to say to the press or specific online prospects, you’ll want to issue a press release or news release in accordance to your overall press release strategy. Press releases are relatively simple to write. However, there is a specific formula that you must use or you could damage your credibility. Plus, it cannot be sales-y. Your press release must actually contain news, which by definition is previously unknown information. Many media outlets prefer 2-3 weeks advance notice to cover an event. At the same time, the Internet has greatly changed the way releases are distributed and has opened new areas of opportunity. You can distribute your message online much faster. Often online distribution sites also circulate to specific newswire services. When compiling your press release information, keep the following in […]

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    January 13, 2010

    It’s commonly assumed that PR means “press release” but this is misleading and frankly, not true. “PR does not = Press Release” although, press releases are directly related to PR. Often people are unsure of what PR, publicity and press releases really are. They are all related but each is different and has its own function which works symbiotically with the others. PR is actually an abbreviation for public relations. Press releases are a part of public relations and they generate publicity but they are not PR (they are a part of PR). At the same time, press releases may generate good public relations. Are you getting confused yet? Let’s simplify this by taking a quick look at the definitions of each provided by the Wictionary (a great, open source dictionary) and Websters Dictionary (my hard copy […]

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    November 25, 2009

    It’s no secret that I strongly believe copy (the written part of any marketing material) is the secret to sales success. There are specific formulas that apply to all marketing efforts and they can roll over into publicity, too. At the same time there is a fine line between promotional copywriting and writing for press releases or news releases. The main objective of press releases is to share your news. By definition, news is previously unknown information. So, your job is to share information about your business accomplishments that educate and alert the media or your core market about something NEW, timely, relevant and of value. It’s also important to know that press releases aren’t just for the media anymore. You can post them to your blog, distribute to free press release sites and use them as […]

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    May 7, 2009

    I am the first to admit that I am a press release fan! I love crafting releases, even editing them and working with clients on press release strategy sessions. The most rewarding part is helping others share their newsworthy gems and seeing the results roll in. Press releases can be used in a variety of ways including sharing news, getting mainstream media attention, increasing online search engine rankings, increasing opt ins and more. As I’ve been gathering information and putting the final touches on my do it yourself press release and publicity kit, I’ve come up against a few skeptics who say releases don’t work. When I ask them what their strategy is/was I get a “deer in the headlights” kind of look. BINGO – no strategy – no results. So, it the spirit of sharing, I’m […]

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    March 30, 2009

    Adhering to email marketing best practices is a matter of ethics and integrity. Constant Contact developed the All Star Program to honor customers and business partners for their email marketing success and continued commitment to following best practices. Fewer than 15% of Constant Contact’s more than 250,000 customers met the company’s requirements for inclusion in the All Star Program. Lisa Manyon of Write On ~ Creative Writing Services, LLC. based in Lewiston, Idaho was notified her business has been named a member of Constant Contact’s All Star Program. Manyon’s online business was selected for meeting Constant Contact’s high standards for email marketing excellence throughout 2008. Manyon regularly publishes an ezine entitled Manyon’s Musings and she uses Constant Contact to deliver her electronic newsletter. Criteria for acceptance into the Constant Contact All Star Program include: Average bounce rate […]

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    August 3, 2007

    It’s no secret that generating publicity via online news release sites is good for business (when doing it right).  In fact, when you do it right you can leverage your news to increase business and get referrals. Continually educating the public and media about what’s happening with your businesses is, well, just good business. My challenge to clients I work with is to not only submit news or press releases to both online services like PR Web as well as traditional media, but to also follow up with any businesses or people who are also involved in your release. Let me explain. When you craft an effective news release, it’s important to include relevant and timely topics about your business that tie in with other news. This means incorporating relevant information about businesses and organizations that are […]

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    February 1, 2007

    By Lisa Manyon www.writeoncreative.com This question has been posed to me by many colleagues who are baffled that I regularly donate an insane amount of time to my favorite non-profit organizations. Make no mistake, there is profit in non-profits. Those profits are merely funneled back into the programs to benefit the particular cause and as the awareness of the need increases, support increases, cash flow increases and the programs grow.

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