Let's say that you just wrapped up a super successful campaign for one of your clients.
You're thrilled, your client is thrilled, but when it starts to pick up a bit of media attention, it becomes very clear that you're unprepared.
Industry influencers looking to report on the success of your campaign are having a hard time getting a hold of you, and when they do, you find that you're fumbling around trying to piece together the assets they need to finalize their stories.
The truth is, this is an entirely preventable mess.
Having a clean, informative press page is invaluable because it aims to simplify the process of discovery by making it easy for outside sources to publicly recognize your client's brand.
When creating an effective page, the goal is to anticipate everything the media might need. Here is a primer on what you should include on your client's press page.
5 Things Every Press Page Needs to Address
1) Contact Information
At the very least, you'll want to supply people with the phone number or email address of whomever is in charge of handling media requests for the company. While factors like company size and industry may influence how much information you should give away, feel free to also list the name(s) of those in charge of inquires, a mailing address, and information specific about other office locations.
To illustrate what this could look like, check out this example from Etsy. Rather than leaving people in the dark, Etsy addresses its contact information before diving into any other company details:
2) Company Overview
- When the company was founded and who was involved (founders, investors, etc.)
- What the company does
- Office location(s)
- Company size
- Noteworthy growth statistics
If you're looking to provide more context, consider presenting additional information in the form of a timeline. This is an effective format for those looking to extract quick bits of information and gain a better understanding of the company's progression. Instagram's press page serves as a great example of how to execute this approach:
3) Noteworthy Media Mentions
Has your client been interviewed or quoted in an article? Has his company received any awards or nominations? What about a product or service mention in a noteworthy publication?
Any and all of these instances are worth linking to on the press page, as detailing media coverage helps to position the company as both credible and newsworthy.
We love the way that Birchbox presents its recent news features in this clean, organized list. However, what stands out most about its approach is the inclusion of the publication's logo. These recognizable visuals help to capture the attention of those scanning the page for quick hits.
4) New & Existing Press Releases
Press releases are commonly thought to be long, buttoned-up documents riddled with buzzwords; however, that's not always the case.
Facebook organizes its press releases in a way that is both informative and easily digestible. At a glance, visitors can scroll down the page to check out headlines accompanied by an image and a brief explanation of the announcement.
It isn't until you click into a press release that the news actually unfolds. In the example below, you'll see that Facebook uses images to illustrate its announcement, while also providing readers with the option to download the visuals for their own use:
5) Media Assets
When a media source goes to write something up about a company, it will first need to get its hands on a few important assets -- visuals, bios, social media links, etc.
To eliminate back and forth requests, your client's press page should serve as a hub for the following things:
- Logos. You may want to include several different variations of the company's logo. For example, many companies have both a dark version of their logo as well as a lighter variation that can be used to ensure contrast and optimal visibility when placed against different backgrounds.
- Screenshots. If your client offers an app or software, clear, up-to-date screenshots are a critical piece of the puzzle. Don't be shy about how many different views you include -- the more the merrier.
- Headshots & Bios. At the very least, you want to include high quality headshots and current bios for any of the company's CEO, founders, or executives (links to their social media accounts help, too).
- Office photos. These are of lesser importance than the assets listed above, but it's not uncommon for people to go looking for office photos to use as a featured image or within an article.
Here's an example of how HipChat presents its media assets on the company press page:
When visitors click on the button they are directed to a Dropbox page where they can access HipChat's logo and screenshot files:
Pretty convenient, right?
What other assets, if any, would you include on a client's press page? Let us know in the comment section below.