2014 Goal: Driving Influencer Engagement Using Press Releases
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NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A traditional goal of the press release is to secure earned media coverage, and while that is still a primary objective for many communications professionals, smart small business marketers can get even more mileage out of their efforts if they expand their definition of the "media." With the proliferation of social platforms and engagement over the last ten years, audiences are no longer getting their news solely from the usual press outlets; bloggers and social influencers have become authorities in niche markets and have gained loyal followings. Many brands have begun growing their influencer network, but few have figured out how to use press releases to effectively recruit brand evangelists.

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In her debut article for PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit, Sarah Ware, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Markerly, offers expert advice for understanding the value of influencers and making influencer engagement part of your small business growth strategy. From tips on how to identify influencers appropriate to your market to creating a pitch relevant to the influencer audience, Ware will help your release achieve coverage on influencer blogs. Executing an effective influencer outreach program can increase brand awareness and drive discoverability.

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