Stephanie Zercher

Stephanie is the Practice Lead for PR and Engagement Marketing at Marsden Marketing.

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How to Create Content that Editors Will Publish

Posted by Stephanie Zercher

Tue, Dec 27, 2016 @ 09:07 AM

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In our last PR-focused blog, we talked about why news releases aren’t necessarily going to get the job done for your business these days, and how you can begin to open conversations with journalists and influencers instead. This time around, we’re going to talk about the next step: contributing content that editors will publish and audiences (including prospects) will take notice of.

In this day of reduced editorial staffs and the unlimited capacity of the web, trade publications and online industry sites are as hungry for content as those who do inbound marketing. You don’t always have to “pay to play,” and you’re not limited to self-publishing on your website. Instead, if you write and submit content that meets a publication’s needs, and do it thoughtfully and well. This is a particularly effective tactic for small and mid-size B2B companies that want a specific, targeted audience to get to know them.

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Stop Sending Out “News” Releases

Posted by Stephanie Zercher

Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 01:02 PM

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This isn’t another blog about whether the news release (or press release, if you prefer) is dead, or dying, or should die. We’ve all read opinions on that topic, but with thousands going out each day, it’s clear that companies still think the news release is a viable tool for getting the word out.

This is, however, a plea for companies to stop sending out “news” releases: those that don’t announce significant changes or developments and therefore have little to no value to organizations and absolutely no value to journalists or influencers. It’s also a plea to be realistic and purposeful when you do issue a release. But take heart: we’ll also propose another way to target key journalists and influencers to build your presence in print and online.

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