What is the best day to send a press release? That is one of the most popular questions people ask PR pros – especially from the people that think PR is just writing and sending releases.
You can ask 100 PR professionals this question and get 100 different answers. At least one-third, and typically this is the most-experienced third, will tell you Monday or Tuesday is the best day to send a press release. A lot of this stems out of an age where news was primarily printed on paper or broadcast on TV at a specific time each day. I don’t think there is a ‘best’ day, but that’s just my opinion.
I decided to ask some experts about this topic via Twitter and received some helpful responses from the news wires. PRNewswire suggests sending news in the middle of the week and to steer clear of Mondays and Fridays. Business Wire on the other hand suggests early in the day, early in the week for most press releases. readMedia, a social media release start-up, sees little difference in weekdays, but advises against sending releases on weekends for obvious reasons.
That settles it for me. There is NO best time to send a press release. The ‘best’ time varies depending on your targets and type of news. In some cases, it might not make sense to send a press release at all. If your news is strong – timely, relevant, localized or sensational – you probably don’t need a press release. Just pick up the phone and call the reporter (or shoot them an email). If your press release is weak (be honest), why send it out at all?
Assuming you do have some news of value, and decide to go the release route, you’ll need to figure out the best day for yourself. Here are some suggestions that may help you figure out the best time to send your press release: [Read more...]