Getting your business or product featured in a major publication is huge. Imagine the largest publication in your industry or even a local news affiliate giving you free press. Now imagine the kind of exposure and traffic this would bring to your business.
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Getting mentioned by established websites allows you to borrow the trust of those publications. It gives your online store social proof when you place their logos on your website. The result? More sales.
How can business owners make it easy for websites, magazines and publishers to publish a story about their business?
With an amazing press kit.
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What is a press kit?
A press kit, also known as a media kit, is a page on your website that contains resources and information for reporters and publishers. The best press kits make it really easy for reporters to quickly learn about the product and brand, and access photos and marketing materials they can use.
By providing a press kit, you’re saying, “Hey, we love press, here’s everything you need to put your story together as well as how to reach us.”
A press kit isn’t strictly for reporters or major publications, either. Anyone who wants to talk about or promote your business has the tools they need to do it effectively. Whether that’s someone with a podcast, someone with a personal blog, or even just someone sharing your story in an online community.
But even an amazing press kit doesn’t guarantee press for your business; it just makes getting press a bit easier. When you’re networking and reaching out to publications, you’ll always have your media kit to refer to and share with reporters. When you do some of the work for reporters up front, they’ll be more receptive to your pitch for press. Plus, hey, it looks professional.
The rise of the digital press kit
Digital press kits are a common and convenient format to create and distribute content for press, especially in the ecommerce space. Simply create an easily accessible press kit page on your website so reporters can find it. You might not want to put a link to it in your main navigation, but it’s a good idea to include a “Press”, “Press Kit” or “Media Kit” link in the footer of your website. Most reporters and publishers will know to look for it there.
You can also put your digital press kit on a flash drive or USB. Give these out at events where the press has a presence so they can easily access all the files later on. This is also an easy way to distribute high-resolution images without having to download/upload large files.
What do press kits include?
What you put in your ecommerce press kit will vary depending on your business and what you have to work with. There are a few essentials that I recommend as well as a few “nice-to-haves” if you want to create one of the best press kits out there.
Essentials for your ecommerce press kit
- Your story: This is your why. Share your story, how your business came to be. Tell reporters a little about yourself and why you’re doing what you’re doing. In this press kit example from Annmarie Skin Care, they share their story, mission statement and process, which gives press an insight into who they are as a brand.
- Company facts: How many customers have you served? How long have you been in business? How many units have you sold? Where’s your business located? Where’s your product manufactured?
- Large, high-resolution images of your logo, branding and products: Make it easy for content publishers to use your logo or create graphics using your logo by providing high-resolution options in your media kit. Provide high quality, high-resolution graphics that also include a transparent background to make your graphics easy to use for nearly any purpose, including print. If applicable, include a download to the raw, vector file.Check out this amazing press kit example from ecommerce brand Mantry. They have images prepped for print (which requires higher quality photos) and digital, all of which are downloadable from their site.
- Press release(s): If you have current or past press releases, include them. These could be new product announcements, updates about the company, partnerships and collaborations, etc.
- Samples of articles/press: Show reporters other articles and publications that you or your business have been featured in or talked about. This can include blog posts, interviews, magazine articles, articles on other websites, etc. This gives people interested in talking about your business something to work from. “Only share your best press,” Spiegel advises. “As the caliber rises, lose the stuff that’s not as valuable.”On Covry’s press page, for example, they highlight major publications that have featured their brand. These are easily recognizable and validate the brand.
Optional considerations for your ecommerce press kit
- Name spelling/capitalization: If your business has unique spelling or capitalization, specify how you wish your brand name to be printed in your media kit. For example, if you are CompanyName and not Company Name or companyname, make it clear!
- Audio/video interviews or segments: If your business has been mentioned on a podcast, on the radio or on a local news station, link to the clip or embed the media on your ecommerce press kit page.
- Awards/recognition: Share any awards or recognition your business has received. This adds validity to your business.
- Non-profit and volunteer involvement: Include any charities you support or non-profit work your business has been involved with.
- Social media and other audiences: If you have an engaged social media following, email list or other well-established audience, highlight that here. Include both quantitative (number of followers, subscribers, group members, etc.) and qualitative (customer reviews, comments, etc.) information.
- Quotes: Create a set of canned quotes that the media can use in their publications. This can be both from your leadership team and your employees. This makes it easier for reporters to attribute direct quotes without having to reach out or coordinate an interview.