Nov 10, 2022 / in press releaseBest PracticesUS Blog / by Glenn Frates

Looking at high-performing press releases from October & other trends for PR pros to know

Here at Cision, we find that clients who take a data-driven approach to their press release creation and distribution strategy perform well. In this series, we aim to provide insight into press releases that are making waves on the wire and in the media – and the reason behind it.

Take a look at some of the highest performing press releases from the last month and consider which tactics they’re using that you can apply to – and use to enhance – your own press release strategy.

October's Highest Viewed Press Releases on PR Newswire Included:

What these press releases get right:
  • All five releases include an action word in the headline (“acquire,” “launches,” “unveils,” “announces” and “launches”). We know from years of analysis of the press releases that cross PRNewswire – headlines that include action words typically perform better than headlines without them. 
  • All five releases include compelling multimedia elements that break up the text, provide more context in an engaging visual element, and make it easy for the media to grab and include in their coverage.
  • Speaking of multimedia…all also include their logo (yes, that counts as multimedia!) – taking advantage of an additional branding opportunity.
  • All releases are formatted strategically to draw the reader in, using elements like bolded headlines to break up the text, shorter paragraphs, and bulleted copy that highlights key takeaways.
  • These releases also capitalized on executive quotes (which I discussed in more detail in last month’s wrap-up) for added credibility and thought leadership, and embedded links with calls to action to “continue the conversation” with audiences on other platforms.
  • Finally, these brands know the importance of including media contact information, making it easy for journalists and other stakeholders to connect for follow up questions and interview requests.

An example of well-used multimedia in a press release. Photo courtesy of Pizza Hut.

Trending topics and keywords for PR pros to know:

In addition to looking at which press releases got high engagement and understanding the “why” behind their performance, it’s also important to look at the trending topics across our wires. Staying ahead of trends is key to creating compelling press releases that speak to what audiences are reacting to and engaging with.

Surprising Trend of the Month: The Unbranded Headline

Finally, I wanted to point out a few other press releases that caught my – and many, many others’ – attention: Press releases where the client led with the story and NOT their brand. This unique approach can be an effective use of the newswire to increase visibility and impact future discoverability – when executed well. 

“When executed well” is the operative term here. When consulting with clients who want to use this approach, we always remind them to keep two things in mind:

Make sure you lead with compelling keywords/phrases and relevant, high quality content.

Don’t just delve into a generic company business update; answer the question for your reader: “Why should I care about this news?”

Three such examples from last month include:

(These are also great examples of press releases focused on original content, which we recently highlighted in our Newsworthy Reasons to Write a Press Release series.)

Inspired by what you’ve seen here and ready to take your next press release to the next level? See how PR Newswire can help.

 
 

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About Glenn Frates

Glenn Frates is Regional Vice President of U.S. Distribution at Cision. Glenn’s 20+ years experience in content distribution and best practices, global marketing strategies and large-scale operations management has provided him a broad perspective on what does and doesn’t work well in the Marketing/PR arena.