So, my husband and I just launched our product 3/26/08, I found a small local publication and emailed one of the writers asking him if it would be a news story he would like to run. He said not only would he run it but he would also use it - - which was awesome! So, the article will run in at least one publication tomorrow but here is what I don`t understand. The photographer who came out for the photo shoot explained that their publication is a part of a larger network of 300+ publications and could run in more than just the one small local publication if it goes out on the wires.
Obviously we are VERY pleased but I guess I don`t know exactly how the wires work. So, would other publications run it under his name or would we get calls from other writers so it would be under their own name? **I think it would be important to know who all is running it in case there are typos, wrong contact information, etc. to make sure of sending in correction notices.
I am working on a press release right now. I think I have the basics and have some friends taking a look at it who have experience and can fine tune it for me. I see that there are others who have asked for a critique so once it is as fine tuned as I can get it I will do the same.
Once it is ready to go, is it pretty easy to submit using PRNewswire? I just don`t want to screw it up. What should I expect once it has been submitted? If it is newsworthy do most publications run it in its current form or does the writer call/email so they can run it under their own name?
This press release is basically an introduction of a new product to the market. Do you recommend running another one just prior to the National Hardware Show, which is in only 4 weeks or waiting until just following the tradeshow to talk about whatever successes were accomplished at the show?
I should be receiving a copy of the media that will be attending the show, should I send this specific press release to them even though they may have already picked it up on the `wire` or is that considered `obnoxious`?
Finally, what makes for a GREAT press kit at a tradeshow? I`ve read that it should consist of a cover page, pictures, and description. Should it also include this press release that I am working on? If there are going to be approx 350 media there what do you think is a safe number of copies to provide?
Well....now finally....I have the opportunity to set up a `news conference` by inviting press to the event. It is something that scares me to death. With our company being brand new with only one product would it be more or less likely that press would show up? I suppose even if I stumble and don`t do a fabulous job it is still worth it because we are all human, RIGHT?
Oh my goodness, that was a lot of questions. Thanks in advance for all of the input, info, and advice!
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