Here’s our latest user guide to help speed the process of distributing your press releases. We are proud to say that NewsMaker Press Release key word search results now appear on Page 1 Google organic search and Google News, so well worth using if you are keen to lift your general visibility and SEO rankings.
Press Release Services Guide – NewsMaker – Presentation Transcript
1. A Step by Step Guide to Publishing and Distributing Your Press Release
2. First….Login or Sign Up
You need to be a Member to use NewsMaker.
Click link to NewsMaker sign up page to join
3. Start here
Use our easy Press Release Wizard to submit your Press Release…
To continue working on a draft Press Release you have already saved in the system, click “My Press Releases”
4. Select Service Level
Welcome to the Press Release Wizard. First, select the service level. Premium Online is preselected.
Premium = Online, Search and Social Distribution
PR Pro Email = Targeted email distribution to selected journalists. No online presence.
PR Pro Media = Online, Search and Social Distribution + targeted email distribution to selected journalists.
Basic = Online only. No report, sharing, video or distribution.
5. Enter Your Copy
Enter your headline here; about 10 words.
Enter the key words for your Press Release, such as topics, news, company etc. This is for online search purposes.
Enter the body of your Press Release here. It will be stripped of formatting at this step but you can reformat your copy at the next step.
Text cut and pasted from Word or other programs may include formatting and hidden code that is visible once emailed. It is preferable to copy from notepad / workpad / text edit
6. Who are you writing about?
Provide a summary profile about the company. You may provide primary and secondary contact details. The profile/s will appear at the foot of your Press Release online and in your emailed release.
Enter the primary company in the Press Release here. This should be the company name ONLY, with no description.
Enter the short profile for your company or the company you are discussing in the Press Release here, as background material.
7. Provide 1 or 2 Contact Points
Enter the name of your primary Media Contact
Enter a working telephone number so people can contact you. If your primary contact is a mobile number, there is no need to enter the same number in the Mobile/Cell field.
Must be a working email address. This is masked to protect it from spam bots. NOTE: There must be no spaces at either beginning or end of your email address.
Please provide the site that is most relevant to your Press Release. Don’t forget ‘http://’ and remove spacing before and after the URL.
8. Preview Your Release
Click here to preview your Press Release and move on to the next step.
Don’t forget to check spelling, grammar, format and layout on your preview page.
A picture and/or video clip makes your release much more attractive when shared in social media. You can add a YouTube clip by pasting the URL in at the bottom of the wizard. You can add images and documents at bottom right of the preview Press Release page.
9. Preview Page
Proofread your Press Release and check the layout and spacing – click “Edit/Format” to return to the Wizard and make further changes.
Upload images and documents – size limitation 2MB
10. Ready to go – online service levels
You can now publish your Press Release and move to next step, or continue editing.
11. Premium Online Service
Premium and PR Pro Press Releases are emailed to our Media Alert subscribers and distributed across our extensive social and business networks.
Categories are grouped for ease of use. Click a Group heading to view a drop down menu.
Select up to 10 Media Categories from any or all Groups.
Click Publish. Your Press Release will be reviewed by our editors and verified.
12. PayPal or Prepay
At this point, if you do not have a Prepaid Subscription, you will be redirected to the PayPal Gateway. You may pay by invoice or credit card by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. You can save more than 50% by purchasing a prepaid pack: Review our Pricing here:
13. Premium Press Release Online Reach
* Published on the NewsMaker homepage and on a unique page on our website, tagged with keywords and links, including video, documents and images
* Emailed to subscribers, including PR Members and Media
* Distributed across our extensive, targeted social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Digg and Linked-in Groups
* Indexed by leading online search engines and search news sites such as Google News and WotNews (please note that if the Press Release has been published verbatim elsewhere first it may not be picked up by Google instantly – but this can be averted by changing the wording in the headline and first paragraph slightly)
* Online search engine visibility improves through being published on our highly ranked and trusted site – please include links to both your client’s and your own websites (if desired)
* Social Media Activity Report provides data for client reporting
14. PR Pro Distribution
For Email Only and PR Pro:Send yourself a test email to view your Press Release as it will look when the journalist receives it.
Now select your Media List. Choose from our Media Category lists to target the audience you want to reach and send emails direct to journalists.
15. PR Pro: Build Your Media List
Up to 3 Media Lists may be saved for future use.
To create a new list simply click on ‘Create List’. If you have already created 3 lists, you will need to delete one first.
If you already have saved lists, you can edit them here.
16. Select Media Categories
Click on the group name – a drop down menu will appear, providing a list of Media Categories.
Select the categories you want to target.
Target your Press Release carefully. A more targeted Press Release is always more successful.
Save your selection here to proceed to next step.
17. Select Media Types and Regions
Choose the Media Types you want to target, listed by State/Territory and National. Note that “National” indicates nationally distributed media outlets such as The Australian and Australian Financial Review.
Give your Media List a name that you can identify for future use.
Click here to save your choice
18. Refine Your Media List
Each outlet may include one or more journalist. Uncheck irrelevant outlets – this is important as media may unsubscribe from your future Press Releases if they receive irrelevant emails.
When finished, click on ‘Verify and save your Media List’ at the bottom of your screen.
19. Your Media List is saved for future use
Select your Media List name and, when you are ready to distribute, click ‘Email Press Release to My List’. If you do not want to send your Press Release immediately, you can close the window at any time and your Press Release and Media List are saved. Click “My Press Releases” to retrieve your Press Release and select your pre-saved Media List.
20. Validate: Prepaid Subscriptions
Click Publish & Distribute. Your Press Release will be sent to our editors for verification and distribution. NOTE: We do not proof-read your release. Should you require input to maximise the impact of your press release, please email email@example.com
21. Payment Screen
At this point, you will be redirected to the PayPal Gateway. You may pay by invoice or credit card by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. You can save more than 50% by purchasing a prepaid pack: Review our Pricing here:
22. PR Pro Reach
Your press release is distributed via email to hundreds of selected journalists including:
* Local, Regional, State, National and International media outlets
* Australia, UK, USA and Asia with more contacts continually being added
* Newspapers (local, regional and national), Magazines, Trade publications, Online publications, blogs, news services, TV and radio.
* Your press release is sent directly, personalised for each media contact through our efficient distribution system.
* Take advantage of our personal media relationships built up over 20+ years of journalist and PR experience.
* Your contact details are included in each email
* You benefit from Premium Online Reach
NewsMaker Press Releases are indexed by Google News and
emailed as Google News Alerts. Google Alerts provide a form
of online media monitoring for keywords and brands.
WotNews, like Google News, publishes and distributes NewsMaker stories.
NewsMaker’s Twitter stream
is followed by hundreds of
media and communication
professionals. Retweet to increase
your visibility and influence.
Our Facebook Page
provides a great source
for you to spread the news
to your own followers.
Search for and ‘Favorite’ Your NewsMaker Press Releases on
DIGG and watch your news soar through the search engine ranks.
28. LinkedIn Group Email
29. Press Release Rules
We have a simple set of Press Release rules to ensure we deliver high quality Press Releases and continue to be recognised as the strongest Australian offline and online distribution service.
To ensure our professional PR Members benefit from being a part of the NewsMaker community, we reserve the right not to publish any Press Release for any reason.
NewsMaker rejects Press Releases that are not written to adequate standards or contain profanity or may be defamatory: facts, spelling, grammar and format are the Member’s responsibility.
Press Releases will be distributed on day of submission. However, NewsMaker reserves the right to hold a submission for distribution to media until the following day to maximise impact.
For more information on our Terms and Conditions, please visit our ‘Conditions of Use page’ http://newsmaker.com.au/pages/5-terms__conditions_of_use
30. Please don’t hesitate to email your questions to: