Bloggers have become a “very important” target for press releases, according to the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR) study.
More than two thirds (67.7 per cent) of firms rated reaching bloggers as “important to very important” less than six per cent below the number that held traditional media in the same regard.
The research also indicates that small to medium-sized enterprises are increasingly attempting to engage bloggers with press releases and become part of the online marketing conversation.
Just under one quarter of those issuing online press releases were small businesses.
SNCR research fellow, Dr Michaela Vorvoreanu, the results suggest the standard press release has become an important “news release” targeting the public “directly”.
She explained: “News releases are not just for the Fortune 500, but have become a valuable tool for smaller businesses to increase their sales and create publicity.”
However, affordability remains an issue for many firms taking this approach. Perhaps search engine optimization (SEO) would be a better option?