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Newswires are bad for your brand

Introduction: A three part series on Newswire Services.

While this may sound surprising coming from the CEO of a company revolving around PR, but I have a love/hate relationship with press releases. Boring, self-serving messaging – whether in a press release or other message – simply doesn't work.

If I’m being honest, it’s not the release itself but rather press release distribution services. Companies that make big promises but rather ever actually deliver on them. As PR content continues to drive visibility and interactions that traditional models simply don’t capture, online news release mass-mailer companies for publicity are more than a bit lacking. To put it bluntly, wire services should no longer be part of your communications strategy.

Press releases are best for brand management. To spray and pray on newswires actually does a disservice to your brand – both directly and indirectly. 

But it wasn’t always this way. Newswire services typically started out in a more positive light. However, as history shows, greed, corruption, and technology all play a part in some rather unsavory events when it comes to news.

Scared? Don't be. This shouldn’t deter you from using press releases as they were meant. Which is why we’ve crafted Newswires are bad for your brand, a three-part series in which we analyze the history, the consequences, and the solution to newswire services:

  • Part One: A brief history of newswire services. In the first part we go back in time and analyze how newswire services developed and how we got to where we are.
  • Part Two: Why using newswire services harm your brand (coming soon). In the next part we analyze what exactly is the problem with newswires and how they hurt your brand.
  • Part Three: The solution is to become a branded publisher (coming soon). Lastly we shouldn't just tell you what's broken about newswires without giving a viable alternative, which is becoming a branded publisher to distribute your news instead.