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When you sign up for a Newsmaker account you can choose the level of membership that works best for you. We have three different membership plans – Plus, Pro and Premium. Here’s a breakdown of what these plans offer:
Newsmaker subscriptions allow unlimited press release distribution to media in the area(s) that matter to you. We call this geographical area “reach”. Any press release sent to the media within your reach is completely free. If you need to reach media outside of this area, you will need to purchase a circuit list.
Like membership, reach is determined when you first sign up but it can be altered at any time by the administrator of your organization’s account.
For more about your account administrator, click here.
What information can I find about my recently submitted releases?
This section keeps you up to date on the status of your press release. Statuses include “out for delivery,” “scheduled,” or “editorial hold.”
Not long after your press release is sent out it will move to the “Recently Sent Releases” section of your dashboard. Here you’ll see:
For more about delivery reports and web stats, click here.
That shows you the changes in our proprietary media database since you last logged in. We’re constantly updating that database, and you can see that happening every time you visit your dashboard.
This section points you to online tools for syndicating your press releases. Here you’ll find a link to your organization’s homepage on the readMedia Newswire and your RSS feed. You’ll also see a sample news widget containing all of your recent press releases. Click on the “Display Code” link to view html code that can be copied and pasted into your website. This code will embed a widget on your site that will display your recently sent press releases.
You can write a press release and save it to send later (this is different than writing and issuing a release that is scheduled for distribution at a later date). There are a few reasons to write and save a release for later:
Copying a press release copies all of the text (headline, sub-headline, and body text) attributes (letterhead, logo) and account information (“News from” and dateline) and creates a duplicate version of the press release.
Delivery reports can be accessed from your dashboard, or on the “Press Releases” tab under “Sent Releases” or “Web Stats”.
The bottom section of your delivery report will contain details about the media recipients your release was sent to. You can use this list to audit and follow up on your press release distribution. It shows:
You can sort the transmission report by any of these fields by clicking on the title of the column.
Web Stats will generally be available 24 hours after a release is distributed.
You have the power to increase your rank by using social media. Posting your press release to social media sites puts your news in front of new audiences and gets more exposure for your organization. You should use these tools every time you send a press release. After your press release is sent out, be sure to visit your delivery report or the online version of your press release to use these tools.
Under the “My Account” tab, simply go to the “My Letterhead” or “My Logo” page (the menu is on the right) and upload the files. You may upload as many letterhead and logo images as you like, at which point they’ll be available for you to choose when you send a release.
For letterhead, the images must be in JPG or PNG format, no more than 600 pixels wide and 5 MB or less in size.
For logos, the images must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and 1 MB or less in size.
The easiest way to get your news on Twitter or Facebook is to tweet and post your news to Facebook every time you issue a press release. Your press release will appear on our online newsire. Each press release has links to popular Social Media sites under the "Share this News" section.
Just click on the icon of the Social Media site you want to post your news to and follow the directions. It's that easy. Of course you'll need an account on each of the social media sites.
You can also have all of your press releases automatically posted to your Twitter account or Facebook Page. To do so you'll need to sign up for a service called TwitterFeed -- it's simple and easy to use. Once you've signed up for TwitterFeed you simply give it the URL of your Newsmaker RSS feed and your login information for Facebook and Twitter and all of your press releases will be automatically posted to both Twitter and Facebook! Need any help setting this up? Just email us and we can help you get started.