By Julia Sotelo, Business Wire Client Services Representative for Florida and Latin America
What was the recurring theme for this event? CHANGE! Human behavior, search, social media, media and coverage have all changed. As communicators, to stay relevant in the business world we must adapt to these changes. These adaptations were the focus of a luncheon discussion on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Coral Gables, FL, at the University of Miami’s Newman Alumni Center, hosted by Business Wire. Here, over 85 PR professionals gathered to listen to our very own Director of Social and Evolving Media, Serena Ehrlich (@Serena shared her expert opinion and tips on how to implement these changes head-on in today’s communications landscape.
#BWChat is also the official hashtag (and heavily promoted) for BW events. We were very happy to see the clever tweets and pictures shared throughout the event. Make sure to check out our published Storify with all the tweets.
Now for the moment you were waiting for, here are the key facts and tips Serena provided Miami/South Florida’s leading communicators: Search Has Changed (The Google Zoo: Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird)
- Effective as of October, only 1-2 copies of your release will show up in search results
- Google changed search because they were losing market share due to searchers not getting what they wanted
- NO newswire is immune to this change
- The only way to increase SEO of news releases now is to include a photo
- Rejoice! SEO is now off your back.
Social Media Has Changed
- Every single major social network is showcasing news articles, reputable content and multimedia, perfect for PR
- Tweets that include a photo or video receive 3 to 4x higher engagement
- Tweets including multimedia uploaded via Twitter receive 150% more RTs
- Facebook photos receive 53% more Likes, 104% more comments and 84% more CTRs on links
- Facebook shares your updates based on the assets your audiences likes best. Meaning if you are not a video person (FYI, 63% of the world are video watchers) then FB will not populate many, if any, videos on your News Feed.
- Tip: Post a video, then post a link, and, finally, just post a photo and see which posting gets more engagement
- LinkedIn is top B2B platform
- 33% of YouTube searches are news related
- Pinterest boasts a high CTR
Media Has Changed
- The Role of the Press Release
- Releases can increase: Awareness, Discovery, Brand Reputation, Message Adoption, Conversations, Inbound Traffic, Intent and Conversions
- Releases do not: Act as a stand-alone sales tool , replace customer service, be text only, go viral, work in a vacuum and work without support
- Journalists are held to three core metrics: inbound traffic, social shares, time on site
- Tip: Socially share out any coverage you receive to help reach these metrics
- Tip: Video is the perfect access to increase time on site
- Many adults are now getting their news from social media networks
Multimedia is the #1 way to increase press release ROI
- Releases with images or videos get 3x more engagement and impressions than plain text news
- Humans process visuals 60,000x faster than text.
- 1 minutes of video = 1.8 million words
- Photographs do not need to be translated
Press release tips!
- Write for your highly targeted audience
- Post a blog answering all the questions your release will generate to ensure message adoption
- Photos and videos are no longer optional when looking for coverage
- Use Google Tools!
- Search bar – helps determine key phrases used most by searchers
- Use URL trackers to track actions taken by readers on your website
- Drive social sharing with Click to Tweet
- Hashtags should be specific (use hashtag.org to see volume)
Whether you’re a communications, marketing or PR novice or seasoned professional, keeping up with the latest news and trends is a must. Business Wire works hard to share relevant information and keep clients informed. To keep up to date on all the changes that affect your press release ROI, sign up to read our the Business Wire Newsroom and read the BusinessWired Blog. Like this post? Click on this link to tweet it out: http://ctt.ec/Ib6Og