What is a social media press release and why should you use it?

At its most basic level, a press release is a story that you tell about your brand, such as:

  • the launch of a new marketing campaign
  • the results of a breakthrough industry study
  • or a new product that will change the lives of consumers

So what makes a social media press release different from a traditional press release? Well, besides text, social media press releases contain video, images, and anything else that will help influencers discover, share, and write about your story.

Check out these social media press release examples[1] for inspiration.

The simple reality is this: social media press releases outperform plain text releases. By a lot.

Social media press releases live on the web in an online newsroom[2], rather than inside a pitch email. This means that journalists and other influencers can:

  1. Find your press releases via a simple Google search
  2. Link to them
  3. Share them on social media

The resulting bump in views is far from trivial. In fact, two-thirds of traffic to social media press releases comes from social media and search. And adding multimedia on top of that can boost your traffic even more.

PR Newswire[3] found that press releases with multimedia get up to 9.7 times as many views as text alone.

Multimedia news releases get viewed more

Content editors and journalists know this. They’re already under pressure to include more visuals in their articles.

I begged, begged, PR professionals to send video and multiple photos with their news releases. — Clay Morgan, former editor, The Daily News Journal

Give them what they want. It’s a triple win:

  • You’ll increase your odds of getting coverage
  • You’ll gain trust with your influencers
  • Your story will be more engaging to readers

Not to mention you’ll gain control over your story: when your story lives online, you can update it however and whenever you like, meaning it will never become out of date no matter how many times your prime event gets rescheduled.


  1. ^ social media press release examples (www.prezly.com)
  2. ^ online newsroom (prezly.com)
  3. ^ PR Newswire (www.prnewswire.com)
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