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How to Plan the Timing of Your Press Release Distributions

How to Plan the Timing of Your Press Release Distributions

As you plan your press release distribution strategy, it’s helpful to know the turnaround times here at PetPR.com. Our goal is to ensure that your news is delivered to the right media contacts who are looking for pet-centric news. Sometimes a distribution can happen right away, and other circumstances and package selections require a bit more time for preparation.

Please review this information and if you have any questions, contact us at hello@petpr.com.

When you order a press release distribution package, you will promptly receive an email from us requesting certain information, including the date you want your release distributed. The date you select must be a business day. You will email us back with the date you have chosen. Generally, we will be able to accommodate your request. 

Most of the PetPR Packages include lists and media contacts that we update regularly, such as Pet and Veterinary trades and Pet Bloggers. For these packages, as well as for the PR Newswire Web News Release Plus package, we commonly require that you choose a distribution date at least three business days from the date we receive your press release. 

Earn Local Media Attention, if you order a press release distribution to a regional media list the timing is different. Here’s why:  The PetPR team personally prepares the selected regional media list at the time of your order, to ensure that each online, print and broadcast contact from that media market is up to date and relevant to your news. We do not use “old” lists. When you select a distribution date for a regional press release, we commonly require that you chose a date at least five business days from the date we receive your press release. 

We do offer Express Service on some packages, which means that after you have placed your order, if we receive the email containing your press release by noon on a business day, we can distribute your release the following business day for an additional fee of $200. 

For writing services, you can expect a first draft of a press release five business days after we receive your completed Press Release Questionnaire. You will then have two rounds of edits, and we can finalize the press release. Likewise when you order a Digital Press Kit, you can expect a first draft of the press kit seven business days after we receive your completed Press Kit Questionnaire. After two rounds of edits, we will finalize your press kit.

If you have breaking news and an urgent need for distribution, let us know and we will find a solution to accommodate your needs.

 

What is Earned Media? How PetPR.com Fits into your Content and PR Strategy

How PetPR.com Leads to Earned Media Results for Your Business

Pet businesses and veterinary practices always have information to share with their customers and clients, and referral sources. Most businesses use a combination PR Strategy of three types of media to connect with target audiences: Earned, Paid, and Owned.

This trio of tactics is often called a Content Strategy. It’s important to have this strategy in place. So, how does PetPR.com fit into your strategy?

A press release distributed on PetPR.com to media outlets can attract the interest of particular journalists or bloggers. The resulting editorial coverage counts as “Earned Media.”  Of the three types, it comes with the most credibility because it has been written by a third-party that already has the trust of your target audience. 

It’s helpful to understand the differences amongst Earned, Paid and Owned Media, so let’s take a quick look:

Earned Media: Earned media is described as quotes and articles in media outlets, written by a journalist or other news writer. The article or story, or as we say in the world of PR, the placement or hit, is what is earned.  It can appear in a print newspaper, magazine, blog, online outlet, tv broadcast or radio segment. The “hit” is typically the result of a news writer learning about a service, product, or business from a press release.

That press release caught the writer’s attention and started the process of developing a story. The writer may request interviews or product samples in order to write a complete story or product review. Earned Media is also known as editorial coverage.The idea for the story came from a press release, but the writer has provided her own words and written her own article. Because the journalist is trusted for her balanced opinion, her story is credible and persuasive to readers. 


Owned Media: Owned Media is described as the content that your business has paid for, and controls. For example, content that you add to your website, blog, Facebook and other social media pages, counts as Owned Media. Likewise, branded newsletters, brochures, in store displays and other marketing collateral fits into the Owned Media category. A reader will gain knowledge from Owned Media.  A reader will know that the business itself has written the content. Therefore, there is less credibility to this type of media.

However, it is still critical that company websites and marketing pieces provide factual information as well as differentiators from similar businesses. Owned Media is an essential element to an overall marketing campaign. Press releases become owned media when they are added to your website’s newsroom, for readers to learn more about your business.  


Paid Media:  Paid Media is described as traditional and digital advertising. When your business sets up paid advertising in publications or social media, or purchases and creates post boosts, banner ads, sponsorships, direct mail pieces and other digital or traditional marketing buys, these are all considered Paid Media. Most businesses weave Paid Media into an overall marketing campaign and PR Strategy. It is critical for digital marketing and communications these days. In terms of credibility, it’s lower on the scale because the reader knows that your business has fully created the content and controls its wording, placement, and timing.


To summarize, it’s smart marketing to use a blend of media types in your PR Strategy. PetPR.com offers you the opportunity to tap into the marketing value of “Earned Media” and gain exposure of your business through the words of bloggers and others in the news business. 

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