May 17, 2021
/ by Mary Lorenz
While the product, service or event you’re pitching may be unique, cutting-edge or exciting, if you’re using any of those words to describe it, your press release will come across as anything but.
According to Cision’s 2021 State of the Media survey, “unique,” “cutting-edge” and “exciting” are among the most cringe-inducing terms for journalists to read in a press release, due to their overuse. But those are hardly the worst offenders. If you really want to make reporters’ eyes roll, try using “best of breed,” which the majority of journalists would cancel if they could. “World class” and “unprecedented” rounded out the top three words most in need of abolishing.
For the full list, see the infographic below:
Want to get inside the minds of journalists? We spoke with editors and journalists from top media outlets at our recent State of the Media Summit about what PR pros can do to get more coverage. See what they had to say here and here, or watch the sessions on demand:
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