With the deluge of data rushing at journalists on a daily basis, there's a key question you should ask before you send along that press release: So what? If your latest "news" doesn't have a satisfying answer to that question, you may as well send it to the abyss.
During PR News’ Writing Boot Camp earlier this week in San Francisco, Beth Haiken, VP of corporate citizenship and communications at Waypoint Homes, drove this point home with four examples of headlines from press releases that do not pass the "so what?" test.
● Company X Appoints Four New VPs
● Company Y Moves to Seventh Floor
● Company Z Continues to Offer the Same Product
● Cloud Solutions Provider Launches Website
If no one outside your company would care about the announcement—or, worse, not even people within your organization would care—then it's certainly not going to catch the eye of your intended audience or media outlet(s).
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