The word “newsroom” may give people the thought of a room of editors and reporters hustling and bustling to get the latest breaking news and convey a variety of stories to their viewers or readers via one publication or station.
When it comes to an online newsroom, however, your corporation or organization needs to make sure to focus on multiple audience interests.
It’s a one-stop-shop for ANYONE, not just the media, to learn everything they need to know about your business. So make sure all your different audiences get what they want.
Steps to building an effective newsroom
In his article, Jon Bernstein says, “Building an effective brand newsroom isn’t about creating the next big phenomenon. It’s about consistently giving an audience what it wants.”
Here are some ways to do so:
- Define your audience. Create a persona of your ideal customer. Every time you produce a piece of content, consider what angle best suits his or her needs.
- Establish an editorial proposition. Provide information that is useful and valuable to your target audience. Don’t just talk about your own brand.
- Find your tone of voice. Being relaxed, informal and direct works well, especially when working across multiple channels.
- Establish no-go areas. Define up front the subject areas you are willing to write about and those you should avoid.
- Be ready to react to breaking news. You must be able to publish and distribute content on the fly with skill, confidence and authority. You also must know which medium will work best.
How to design an online newsroom
Then, what are the basics that must be included in an effective online newsroom? Jackson Wightman shares some of the elements in his article for PR Daily.
- Make media contact details obvious. There should be a person who is listed as the point of contact. This should be above the fold and highlighted.
- Link to news releases and media coverage. This provides an out for journalists in a hurry who may not be able to speak with your company’s or client’s executives.
- Include a media backgrounder. Have a least one backgrounder on the company and one on a new line, product or service you’re launching.
- Include executive bios. Some press segments will want to know about the bosses. Be safe and include these.
- Be social. Your newsroom should have clear social media links. Brands may also embed widgets to display the latest social status updates.
- Multimedia content is a MUST! This can make or break your newsroom. Have hi- and Web-res photos, along with videos, audio recordings and logos.
- Show off case studies. Why not show interested media how you’ve helped clients overcome their problems?
- Display blog content on the homepage. Feature relevant, popular blogs on your newsroom homepage.
- Make it all searchable. Media are time-crunched. They will abandon ship if they can’t find what they want.
- Optimize around keywords. The online newsroom offers a chance to optimize content based on keywords.
If you build it, they will come
According to the 2013 newsroom report, “How the World’s Top 100 Brands Are Using Online Newsrooms to Tell Their Stories,” noted in this article by Lisa Buyer, 98 percent of brands report they have an online newsroom. But 35 percent fail to keep news up to date.
The online newsroom is a great opportunity to tap into all the quality content that can add value to media as well as potential customers and clients. And we have a team to make your online newsroom the best it can be!Edit this post
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