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Start Your Press Release Right So Editors Will Read On

When you write a press release, it's important to get to the point right away. After all, your press release won't be seen if it doesn't get picked up by news sources who run press releases that interest them. Busy editors, journalists, bloggers and website owners who read your copy should be able to know what your business news is after reading the first paragraph or two, so start your press release right. Flowery, self-praising or mysterious leads are annoying to these busy people, but worse for you because they might stop reading and move on to the next pitch in their inbox.

Write a strong headline, a concise lead, supporting details and a closing paragraph, add your company info and links, have someone else proofread your copy, and you're done. If the point of your press release is to announce, for example, that a publication company has added a new online magazine, this is the most important thing you have to say, so start there.

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Reward Readers AND Your Publication With Contests

People like to share their opinions, they like to get free stuff, and they like to have a chance to win something. Capitalize on those desires by conducting an essay contest designed to benefit both your readers and your publication.

Solicit essays from readers, asking them to share the reasons your publication is important to them and how it helps them. Publicize the reader essay contest in both your print and digital magazines, on your website, in your blog, on social media, and via email lists. Ask that the essays be at least a certain length – perhaps a 50-word minimum – in order to receive valuable audience feedback from each entry. Readers should agree to allow you to publish their entries in both print and online magazines.

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10 Ways Association Events Are Improving

Associations that hold member conference meetings are always looking for ways to improve their events and better engage their membership. After all, these conferences typically play an important role in fulfilling an association’s mission. And, conferences can be an effective way to keep members engaged and energized.

An article by Association Adviser’s Hank Berkowitz reviews improvements that have made conferences more valuable both for host associations and participants. Many of these improvements relate to the impacts of streaming technology to make conference content available, and to social media to keep the conversation going even after the event is done.

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Honing Your Content: Audience Feedback Best Practices

Relevant editorial? Glad you asked.

Your publication can be one of your key tools for maintaining a vibrant relationship with your readers – which makes it extremely important to provide content that’s engaging and thought provoking while underscoring the mission of your organization. In fact, if your publication isn’t highly relevant to your audience, demanding attention when it lands on their desk or tablet, you could have a problem.

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5 Steps for Turning Facebook Fans into Customers

Facebook isn’t just a social media website for sharing personal status updates and photographs anymore. It’s also a place where thousands of businesses are finding new customers.

With Facebook’s sophisticated and precise audience-targeting capability, it has become a powerful marketing tool. The most effective Facebook marketing strategy is to offer a free, but high-value, product such as an eBook or webinar, so you can turn fans into new email subscribers.

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