10 examples of effective press releases + a template to download

Press releases are alive and well. They’re a staple of the PR professional’s world helping them to increase brand visibility and awareness, that is, providing they’re well written.

If you’re sending releases but struggling to land coverage, it’s time to go back to the drawing board and rethink what you’re communicating and how. To help spark some inspiration, we’ve gathered a list of 10 exemplar press releases, each communicating different messages. Whether it's to announce the launch of your new product, a new acquisition or to promote your next event, below you will find many sample press releases to inspire you. You'll also find a press release template at the bottom of this article which you can download for free and customise.

10 examples of effective press releases + a template to download

1. Press release for a product launch

A press release is one of the most effective promotional tools in your kit when launching a new product, but in most cases, announcing a new product isn’t enough to make this a newsworthy story.

Before pitching anything, ask yourself how is this product worthy of being considered as news? Are innovative technologies used? Does it offer anything different from what’s already on the market? What is ‘new’ about this product?

If a product is new to your company but not the market, you’re unlikely to land coverage. So, think about what sets this product or service out from the rest and lead with this message.

Example: "Huawei unveils the future of smartphone photography with the new Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro featuring artificial intelligence" by Huawei.

Why this press release works:

The added value of this product is obvious and innovative: the phone offers an improved photographic experience thanks to artificial intelligence. While Huawei covers on all the benefits of their product (longer battery, larger memory, larger screen), they chose to rely almost exclusively on this innovation because that’s the newsworthy hook.

The press release is also not scattered in technical jargon. The paragraph about artificial intelligence linked to photography is clear and to the point. While it doesn’t present the technology, it does offer concrete benefits that will improve the user's daily life.

We also like how the press release summarises the major characteristics of the new models first in the form of a bulleted list, then goes into the details of each model for those who wish to know more.

Other examples of interesting product launch press releases:

  1. "Apple Watch: The ultimate combination of design, function, and value": an Apple press release that highlights the values ​​embodied by the product.
  2. "MEET THE CAMERA THAT THINKS IT’S A TELESCOPE. THE COOLPIX P1000 MEGAZOOM": an original title to present the unique advantage of this new model of camera launched by Nikon.

2. Press release for the launch of a service

To get earned media placements in your desired publications, you will need to show that your new service addresses a very real problem experienced by your target audience – and demonstrate that this problem has yet to be addressed.

The promise of your service should be simple and summarized in the title of your press release. Similarly to new product announcements, new service press releases should present how the need is met by this service and its innovative nature compared to what’s currently available in the market.

Example: "BlaBlaCar creates BlaBlaLines, carpooling application for daily trips" by BlaBlaCar.

A man and a woman in a car shacking hands.

Why this press release works:

The promise of this new service is clear and conveyed in the title of the press release. BlaBlaCar demonstrates the real need for this service, which no one was responding to (“There are 13.5 million people who drive to work and back”) and how they were in the best position to meet it (“We are seeing a steady increase in shorter-distance trips offered on BlaBlaCar”).

Other examples of interesting service launch press releases:

  1. Announcing our return to 17 additional destinations by Virgin Atlantic not only explains routes that have reopened after Coivd-19 lockdowns, but also health and safety practices when flying.

3. Press release to promote an event

When it comes to communicating an event, there are various ways to approach journalists. Think about what exactly it is you want journalist to do. Do you want them to raise awareness of your event amongst their readership? Do you want to personally invite them to come? Do you want to invite them so they can cover key highlights? Keep your goal in mind and frame the press release story about what you want journalists to do after reading it.

Example: "Cannes Lions publishes agenda for the second edition of LIONS Live" by Cannes Lions

Cannes Lions flag

Why this press release works:

In very few words, this press release delivers a tremendous amount of information. The opening statement alone helps audiences quickly understand what the release is about, reading: “Creatives from across the world come together to deliver practical learning, inspiration and insight through the free programme.”

To spark interest and engagement, the press release also highlights the presence of public figures joining the speaker line up and goes into depth around why the agenda looks the way it does which significantly adds purpose to the event. Finally, in terms of form, the press release presents a clear call to action aimed at its target, inviting people to register and get tickets.

Other examples of interesting event promotion press releases:

  1. Five Ways to Get Involved in Fashion Revolution Week 2020" by Fashion Revolution summarises exactly what the content of the release will cover.
  2. Amazon’s Black Friday Deals Week is Almost Here – More Deals of the Day and Deeper Discounts Than Ever Before on Buzzworthy Holiday Gifts Across Every Department” by Amazon includes a list of links to find deals discussed

4. Press release to announce a new partnership

When you’re communicating a new partnership, there are three essential elements to integrate into your press release:

  • The reasons for this partnership - and the synergy between the companies in question
  • The benefits of this partnership for the companies concerned and their customers
  • The concrete actions that will result from this partnership

Example: "Marriott Bonvoy Launches Marketing Partnership with the National Park Foundation" by Marriott.

Man hiking and standing on top of a mountain with a back pack.

Why this press release works:

One of my favourite things about this press release is how the synergy between the two companies is presented, both of whom are addressing the “new normal” travel industry by encouraging customers to embark on local adventures.

The second paragraph of the press release is dedicated entirely to promoting awareness of drive-to vacations by explaining just how many destinations are on our doorstep (“According to the National Park Foundation, most Americans live within 100 miles of a national park”). Meanwhile, the third paragraph nicely makes the link between the values ​​of Marriott Bonvoy and the National Park Foundation. Quotes from spokespeople from each company reinforce the idea of ​​a common vision, which in turn, positions this partnership beyond a business strategy.

Other examples of interesting partnership press releases:

  1. "Strategic partnership: Bosch and SAP aim to simplify corporate processes with a new standard" the goal of the partnership is clearly identified in the title
  2. "Mastercard launches partnership with HSBC to promote more sustainable and inclusive communities" the release bullet points what the partnership will initially focus on

5. Press release to announce a fundraiser

The good news is that fundraising is very popular, the not so good news for PRs is that landing coverage through this type of announcement is difficult as a result. That being said, driving earned media through fundraiser announcements isn’t unheard of. It is, however, important that you keep your fundraising press release announcement current by including the following elements:

  • A presentation of your company and the achievements made
  • The concrete objectives of the fundraising efforts
  • The different actors involved and their motivations behind this investment

Example: "Empowering girls – Beiersdorf and Plan International kick off their partnership" by Beiersdorf.

5 teenage girls standing with their arms crossed.

Why this press release works:

The two bullet points featured in the introduction clearly summarise the objectives of this fundraising effort. The press release is also structured under headings which makes it particularly readable. The fact that Beiersdorf details how they plan to make a difference, beyond the monetary investment (“Beiersdorf’s 50 million Euro aid program is based on four pillars: disinfectant donations, product donations, employee donations and corporate donations”) also gives journalists different potential story routes to follow.

Other examples of interesting fundraiser press releases:

  1. "The Disney Conservation Fund Continues its 25-Year Commitment to Community Conservation Protecting More Than 100 Species Across 25 Countries This Year" nicely highlights the main initiatives they’re driving
  2. One month on from The Big Night In and over £36 million is allocated to work helping vulnerable people affected by COVID-19” by BBC Children in Need gives a recap of what was achieved

6. Press release to promote a new study

If you’re struggling to find something relevant and newsworthy to communicate, publishing a study on your market or your consumers is a good way to win coverage. If you’re considering following this approach, communication around your study should include the following:

  • The big questions your study answers
  • A summary of the main lessons that emerge
  • The methodology employed
  • The consequences of the study results for your target

Example: "UK public urged to take care this summer as around 40% spending more time in the sun since COVID-19 lockdown" by Cancer Research.

Two babies playing on the beach with their mum.

Why this press release works:

The title is well written, and it not only announces that Cancer Research has published a study, but immediately presents the major lesson of the study which will arouse interest in journalists.

The press release plays a lot on emotion using strong vocabulary such as words like “urged”, “protect” and “damage”. By emphasizing the impact of the results of the study, the text makes you want to resolve the issues raised. Research methodology has also been included which supports the credibility of this study. In addition to this, the quotes presented in this press release are not just a paraphrase of the content of the study but add real value with further relevant analysis of the study results.

Other examples of interesting new study press releases:

  1. "The Disney Conservation Fund Continues its 25-Year Commitment to Community Conservation Protecting More Than 100 Species Across 25 Countries This Year" by Disney nicely highlights the main initiatives they’re driving
  2. Gartner Says CMOs Remain Optimistic About Budgets Post-COVID19, Despite Bleak Outlook from C-Suite Colleagues” by Gartner details key findings from the study

7. Press release to announce an award

Spreading awareness about an award you’ve recently obtained is a great way to position your brand. If you decide to communicate such news (and we recommend you do), here is the information to include in your press release:

  • What winning the award means in relation to the values ​​of your company
  • The reasons you won the award
  • The commitments that you will implement to honour obtaining such an award

Example: "Cisco ranks as one of the world’s best places to work–here’s why" by Cisco.

Cisco team standing together at an awards ceremony.

Why this press release works:

After a brief reminder of the brand's positioning in this ranking over the past few years, Cisco presents the reasons for winning the number one spot (“The survey found that an overwhelming 95 percent or more of employees found that Cisco is a safe place to work and that they are treated fairly regardless of sexual orientation or race. In addition, employees felt they could also take off work when necessary"). Cisco also took the time to explain other related awards won (“In addition, two Cisco leaders were named recipients of the 2020 For All Leadership Awards”), to help further cement their positioning.

This release worked particularly well as the tech giant used it as an opportunity to communicate its values, particularly around conscious culture, mental health and its impact in local communities, even linking to their 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report as proof!

Other examples of interesting awards won press releases:

  1. "SAP Announces Winners of the Seventh Annual SAP Innovation Awards" by SAP. SAP took the initiative to create their own awards and drive coverage off the back of the results.
  2. Microsoft announces 2019 Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists” Microsoft also created their own awards.

8. Press release to announce an acquisition

Acquisitions are always interesting; they testify to the maturity of a market and make it possible to identify emerging players. To announce an acquisition, it is important to include:

  • The motivations that led to this acquisition
  • The impact on both company’s customers
  • Developments planned to integrate the acquisition into the overall strategy of the company
  • The conditions under which the acquisition took place are not mandatory, many companies refuse to disclose the amount of the acquisition, but if you have the possibility to communicate them, don’t hesitate

Example: "Salesforce completes acquisition of Tableau" by Tableau

Salesforce & Tableau logo

Why this press release works:

The release details how both companies’ capabilities complement each other whilst clearly explaining how all customer needs will be addressed through the acquisition. The release features quotes from external news articles, helping to convey how the move it perceived as positive from both internal and external audiences. I also particularly like how they have used this opportunity to promote the attendance of a ‘guidance’ conference call that will share further details for stakeholders involved, such as customers.

Other examples of interesting acquisition press releases:

  1. "Meredith Corporation Announces Completion Of Time Inc. Acquisition And Reports Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter And First Half Results" by Meredith includes financial highlights and outlook clearly detailed via bullet points.
  2. Meltwater acquires leading social analytics company Sysomos” details other recent related acquisitions

9. Press release to announce a milestone

In the majority of cases, a company anniversary isn’t interesting enough to encourage a journalist to write about you, it’s up to you to make the milestone newsworthy. To help, many companies create interesting content, organise an event or a contest or announce the release of a limited-edition product.

Example: “Mattel Opens the Virtual Doors to the “Fisher-Price® Toy Museum” to Celebrate the Brand’s 90-Year Legacy" by Mattel

Fisher-Price first-of-its-kind digital experience museum.

Why this press release works:

Covid-19 might have cancelled many events this year, but it wasn’t about to cancel Fischer-Price’s 90th birthday! To spark some buzz, Mattell decided to base their release around a ‘first-of-its-kind digital experience’, a curated exhibition of classic Fisher-Price toys from the past nine decades, rather than the milestone itself. The virtual museum is innovative, relevant and has a human element to the story which makes it newsworthy.

Other examples of interesting product launch press releases:

  1. "HEINZ Relishes 150 Years" by Heinz gives readers a ‘highlight reel’ to show where they come from, as well as where they are today.
  2. Bacardi® Rum Unveils Bold New Pack Design” To celebrate Bacardi’s 153rd anniversary, the renowned rum worked with mixologists and bartenders from across the globe to help them design their new iconic Barcardi bottle.

10. Press release to announce an appointment

When a large group appoints a new leader, the announcement is often picked up by business press. If you want to broadcast this type of communication, here is the information to include in your press release:

  • Appointed person's journey
  • Role and objectives of the person in their new role
  • Why this person is the perfect candidate for this role

Example: “Heidi B. Capozzi Joins McDonald’s as Executive Vice President and Global Chief People Officer" by McDonald’s.

McDonald's sign

Why this press release works:

This press release presents the reasons which led to the role that Heidi B. Capozz will occupy and the actions already taken to achieve the objectives of this new leadership position. The rest of the press release is dedicated to her professional career before joining the group, showing such accomplishments further cements why Capozz is best suited for this position.

Press release tips from journalists

Here are a few tips given by journalists when it comes to writing effective press releases:

  • Be prudent regarding issuing press releases about every move a company does. That might cause journalists to tune out when you have real news to announce.
  • Craft a compelling headline: Journalists are busier than ever, if you can get straight to the point in the headline, this will save them time. Of course you’ll want to support it with strong content in the body of the release as well, but if they don’t make it past the headline, it won’t matter.
  • Be reachable: Be sure the primary contacts and quoted sources are in the office the day the release is sent. If a journalist has a question or needs a comment, they’ll need that now – not days later.
  • Use numbers and data: If you have research to cite, include it. If you don’t have your own research, you can cite someone else’s with proper credit. Brands rarely include numbers unless it’s a quarterly report – and that’s a missed opportunity. Look for ways to incorporate more numbers such as statistics and figures in your releases.
  • Draft strong quotes: Write quotes that sound like something a person would actually say. And don’t include too many quotes, one or two should be plenty.
  • Brief is better: You can link to additional information, but the job of the release is to get a journalist’s attention. Keep it short and focused.

By following these tips to write a better press release, you’ll be practising good communication that journalists may want to read—and use—in their upcoming stories.

Press release template

To help you increase earned media, we've created a free downloadable press release template that includes tips for completing each part. The template is downloaded in Word format so you can easily customise text to reflect your brand and adapt it to your message. Download the template here.