Press release scorecard
Writing and issuing press releases but not getting the results you want? Try this Press Release Scorecard to identify the issues that could be holding you back and preventing you from getting the profile your business deserves. http://www.prcoach.co.uk/pr-help/
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press release scorecard
Struggling to get
journalists to take notice
of your press releases?
Not sure why your press
releases aren’t getting the
results you want?
Annoyed that competitors
are getting all the media
attention and profile?
Identify what could be stopping you from
getting the profile your business deserves with
the Press Release Scorecard, overleaf.
Find the problems, then fix them.
Press Release Scorecard
Answer the following questions to identify what you can do to improve your
press releases. Once you know where the gaps are you can fix them.
Yes No Don’t
1. Do you have a system in place for identifying possible news
2. Do you have a calendar in place for your press release
3. Do you collaborate with customers on news announcements?
4. Do you collaborate with suppliers on news announcements?
5. Do you ‘create’ news stories when you don’t have any obvious
news stories i.e. do or produce something that is newsworthy?
6. Do you research the press and media to target for each news
7. Do you issue your press releases yourself, rather than using a
press release distribution service?
8. Have you checked the deadlines your key journalists are working
9. Do you contact journalists in advance of issuing your press release
to talk to them about the story?
10. Do you monitor key journalists to track what they are
11. Do you monitor key journalists to track how they use social media?
12. Do you ensure that all your press releases are dated and for
immediate release or with a clear embargo?
13. Are your contact details presented clearly on any press release and
also in any accompanying email?
14. Do you provide out of office hours contact details when issuing
your press release?
15. Does your press release adhere to the standard guidelines expected
16. Have you used a short, punchy title for your press release to
capture the attention of journalists?
17. Have you tested your press release to ensure that there is strong
human interest in your news story?
18. Have you answered the who, what, why, where, how and when
questions in your press release?
19. Have you captured the essence of your story in the first paragraph
so that if that alone was re-produced it would tell the story?
20. Have you used the ‘inverted pyramid’ structure for your news
release, with the most important information upfront and then
further information provided further on?
21. Have you ensured that your press release sticks to the facts and
leaves opinion for any quotes?
22. Have you included a quote in your press release from a third party?
23. Do you have photography or visuals available to help support your
Yes No Don’t
24. Have you written a version for online use, specifically, that includes
keywords and links?
25. Have you looked at your news story to identify how you can tweak it
to produce tailored versions for local, regional, specialist, consumer
or national press and media?
26. Have you stated clearly where your news story finishes by using the
27. Have you ensured that any additional information or explanation is
included in the notes to editors rather than in the body of the press
28. Have you included a brief paragraph about your business, including
a link to the website, in the notes to editors section of your press
29. Have you checked your press release to ensure that sentences use
25 words or fewer?
30. Have you edited your press release to take out any unnecessary
words or phrases that don’t add to the facts of the story?
31. Does your press release fit onto two pages of A4 at the maximum,
with double or 1.5 spacing?
32. Do you have a plan in place for promoting your news story after you
have issued it to key press and media i.e. on your website, through
social networks, via blogs and comments?
33. Do you have a monitoring system in place to pick up coverage of
your press release?
34. Do you have a system in place for sharing your news
announcements with customers, suppliers and other key
35. Have you identified what angles in your news story might provide
scope for themes or ideas for feature articles that you can approach
Each ‘no’ or ‘don’t know’ response has identified an
area that could be undermining the effectiveness of
your press releases.
More than 10 ‘no’ and ‘don’t know’ responses and
your press release activities need swift review and
Contact me now to address the issues that are
holding you back. Contact me via:
www.prcoach.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org
© Copyright, Debbie Leven, 2013