Getting the word out about major company news requires thoughtfully crafted messaging that captures attention and conveys the key details clearly and persuasively. Whether you’re announcing a new product, executive hire, company milestone, or other major development, how you communicate it can have an enormous impact.
Follow these top tips for crafting announcements that get noticed and drive engagement:
Grab Attention with a Clear, Concise Headline
Get straight to the main news in your headline. Summarise the key announcement in a short, eye-catching phrase that makes readers want to learn more. For example, “Introducing Our Revolutionary New Smart Watch With Groundbreaking Health Features.” Resist the urge to be cute or vague. Be clear about what you’re announcing.
Open with the Most Important Details
Start your announcement by directly stating the news itself, such as the product you’re releasing, an acquisition you’re making, an executive you’re bringing on board, etc. Follow up with highly relevant details like launch timing, the person’s name and role, the location of a new office, etc. Lead with the information that you want to see disseminated and reported on.
Quote Company Leaders to Add Credibility
Include quotes from your company’s leadership, subject matter experts, or other principals closely involved with the news. This adds third-party validation and gets those leaders directly on record about the importance of the announcement. Have them summarise key details and strategic significance in their own words.
Support with Hard Facts and Details
Back up major assertions with facts and data that showcase the significance and impacts of what you’re announcing. These can include details like number of customers affected, increases in capability or efficiency, amounts invested, expected market growth, years in development, or other numerical support.
Speak to the Benefits and Value Prop
Explain how your target audiences, including customers, partners, shareholders and employees, stand to benefit from this news. This is your chance to spell out the competitive differentiators, increased efficiencies, potential cost savings, new innovations, improved experiences and other upsides that you are enabling.
Use Visuals and Multimedia to Enhance Understanding
Insert relevant charts, graphs, photos, videos, infographics and screenshots to help readers fully digest the news. This is especially powerful when announcing a new product. Visual assets like different types of posters, blog posts, press releases, etc. can capture attention better, convey key selling points faster, and increase social shares. This blog post on creating a business poster is a good place to start if you need inspiration.
Structure Your Content Thoughtfully
Organise your announcement content using formatting like section headers, bulleted lists, and bold font for key details to make it easy to scan. Well-structured content has a clear hierarchy and progression of information. It allows busy readers to rapidly extract meaning.
Spread the Word Far and Wide
Once your announcement is crafted, distribute it across all your external communications channels concurrently, including your press release distribution service, blog, social media networks, website banners and email marketing system, as well as offline, such as posters and billboards in public places. Follow up personally with high-value media contacts. Ensure the news gets noticed by those who will care most, and can amplify it further.
Following these tips can help you produce company announcements that get consumed, understood, and talked about. And that drives buzz, brand recognition and ultimately business success. The more thoughtful the messaging, the bigger the impact.