PR 101: What Editors Want (and Need) in a Press Kit
Duvall O’Steen and Jen Cullen Williams outline best practices for brands to share their work with journalists, editors, and influencers.
As you prepare your brand for trade shows or seasonal jewelry-related holidays, these tips will help you stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of getting press coverage.
Listed below are her top tips for preparing the perfect press kit for consumer journalists, editors, and influencers.
- A one-page bio on the designer or the brand: who they are, where they are from, how they got started in design, what inspires them, and what they think sets their jewelry apart;
- Clearly labeled, high-resolution images showing the jewelry on a white background, as well as select pieces on models for scale and use on social media;
- Accompanying captions with full descriptions (metals, including karatage; gemstones, including carat weights; and retail pricing); and
- Details on how to contact the designer, as well as links to their various social media accounts.
Do not “Share the folder” on DropBox or GoogleDrive with press. Rather, select the option to create a link, allowing anyone with that link to view and download the information and images. Just send the press the link in a thoughtful, brief email.
As mentioned above, keep it brief and avoid adjectives that are opinions. Stick to the facts as you explain the who, what, when, where, why, and how.
Mini-catalogs as PDF files work well or a Microsoft Word document where details can easily be copied and pasted. Be sure that your details document has thumbnail photos of each piece above its description and price. Some journalists have price-sensitive or stone-specific stories (like birthstones), so if you do not include the details, your images may not be considered.
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