Ultimate List of Online Public Relations Tools

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Ultimate List of Online Public Relations Tools

UPDATED AUG. 19, 2013

Online public relations is becoming a go-to strategy for Internet marketing as a whole. The power of the press builds a brand, enhances a company’s reputation, drives traffic and accrues high-quality links.

But to do it right, you need the right tools.

Heavyweights

These companies provide great overall service for press release submission, editorial calendars and brand monitoring. If you have the money, they’re worth it:

But there are a number of other services and tools out there that cost significantly less than the heavyweights and provide a great value. Here are 30 more tools that will make your online PR skills cooler than everyone else’s:

Press release submission and placement

For the best exposure, I would go with one of the bigger submission services, such as PRWeb and PRNewswire. But if you have a tight budget and want to submit press releases strictly for SEO value, choose one of these. Some charge less than $50.

Editorial contacts and calendars

Editorial calendars offer the easiest way to get stories in mainstream media. When you know what an editor is planning to write about, you know what to pitch. Editorial contact services provide a way to find out what journalists are looking for when they’re looking for it and discover the right media members to build a relationship with.

  • HARO. Most online marketers probably know about HARO. Peter Shankman has provided a great resource for both reporters and PR pros. Sign up for HARO (Help a Reporter Out) and you’ll get daily e-mail queries from reporters who need experts for specific stories. It’s a free service, but be warned: you will get a lot of e-mails.
  • Seek or Shout. Cision’s HARO-esque content collaboration community for journalists, bloggers and PR pros. Seek content, sources, research and support for stories or shout to tell the community about your story.
  • Flacklist. FlackList was founded by a group of PR professionals and journalists and designed as a tool to help media quickly and easily identify and connect with the right PR pro or expert.
  • Reporter Connection is very similar to HARO, although the queries have not yet been as extensive. In each e-mail, Bill and Steve Harrison also provide useful PR tips and suggestions.
  • MatchPoint. I have just recently been introduced to this one, but its targeted approach looks promising. It lets you paste a pitch into a search box to find journalists who write about your subject.
  • MediaSync has contact information for half a million media members and helps you to determine who your influencers are.
  • NewsCertified Exchange. Founded by veteran journalists, NewsCertified provides the media with a searchable database of credible, interview-ready experts and story ideas.
  • Muck Rack. Muck Rack lists thousands of journalists on social media in geographic- and subject area-specific lists vetted by a team of editors. Muck Rack Pro is a sort of CRM specifically for media contacts: add journalists to live media lists and add private notes to track how you’ve interacted with them.
  • MyMediainfo. If Vocus is like a BMW, MyMediainfo is like the Honda Accord. Both get you to the same destination; one is a lot less expensive. From what I’ve seen, the editorial calendar (MyEdcals) is equal. They do a lot of research to make sure contacts are current and the information is accurate.

Monitoring tools

One negative comment, status or review can spread quickly and tarnish a brand. Monitoring negative and positive things said about a brand online is crucial to public relations today. Aside from Google Alerts, there are many other services that can keep you in the loop about your brand’s image online. For a giant list, visit this comprehensive wiki of social media monitoring solutions. Here are five to check out:

Writing tools

As any PR person knows, writing is a big part of it. Sometimes after smashing our fingers on the keyboard and stretching each brain cell all day, we need inspiration and guidance. There are a lot of places to get that muse again, but here are a few that’ll spark that brain again:

  • Headline Analyzer helps you write better headlines by analyzing your current headline for emotion, influence and other factors.
  • Headline Split Tester. If you’re having trouble deciding on a good headline, use this WordPress plugin to help you decide. Put in two different headlines, and it will test them for you. If one is getting more clicks than the other, the plugin will automatically display that one over the other.
  • Blog Post Idea Generator and Linkbait Generator will give you catchy, and sometimes crazy, blog post ideas. For instance, for this blog post it gave me titles like “7 reasons PR tools get better with alcohol” and “8 reasons PR Tools are like Satan.” You may never use one of these titles, but it will get you thinking.
  • 100 PR buzzwords. This blog post from MyntPR is a comprehensive list of buzzwords that each PR person needs to strike from their memory. If your press release has any of these words, please edit it. If you don’t, you’ll be giving all of us a bad name.
  • Bullshit Generator is great for those rare times when you actually want to write like your CEO. Play with it a few times and you’ll be addicted.
  • Grooveshark. Music is the ultimate inspiration. Grooveshark is great for creating a playlist around exactly the type of music you need for the occasion. Its selection of music seems endless. And, yes, this is a critical tool for any PR pro who’s writing.

Blog outreach tools

Bloggers are rapidly becoming a new arm of press, so it makes sense that new tools are being created to help sift through the many blogs out there to find the one you’re looking for. Start with Google Blog Search and then move on to these three services.

  • My Blog Guest helps writers find guest-blogging opportunities, and site owners to find bloggers to write for them.
  • Blogdash. Media database that allows bloggers choose to opportunities they’re open to being pitched about and brands to find the right bloggers for their projects or campaigns.
  • Guestr. Service that helps website owners find writers and quality content and writers find guest post opportunities.
  • Blogger Linkup. Join this service to be added to an email list filled with bloggers looking for expert sources, requests for guest posts, guest posts on offer, and PR reps and others seeking reviews of products.
  • GuestBlogIt. Submit your content or find content for your blog for free.
  • BlogSynergy. Social network for the blogging community – follow, connect and share guest blogging opportunities.
  • Guest Blog Genius. Guest blogging service for SEOs and website owners.
  • GroupHigh. Software that helps public relations, seo and social media professionals reach out to bloggers.
  • PostJoint. Connects advertisers and bloggers to make content marketing more productive and targeted.
  • Copy for Bylines. Bridging the gap between writers and online publishers, this site works with both to produce better content online.

There are a lot of PR tools out there. Any I missed? Please comment to add to the list.

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Dan Bischoff is a content marketing and PR consultant. A former journalist at the Associated Press, his articles have been seen in national publications including USA Today, Fox News, Sports Illustrated and ESPN. When he’s not telling a company’s story to the masses, he’s trying to land big fish in remote locations with his fly rod.

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  • http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/ Michael I

    Hi Dan,

    Excellent list. Thank you for including http://www.24-7pressrelease.com. Just as a heads up, 24-7 Press Release Newswire has increased it’s distribution to Associated Press (through their $89 & $139 package) and is about to add another major player to the list. On that note, the entire site is about to make a MAJOR shift in the industry within the next couple months.

    Will keep you posted if you like!

    Michael.

  • http://adelinapeltea.com/ Adelina Peltea

    Great list! I would also add http://getmustr.com/ (to manage your media database, contact bloggers and journalists with great filters and collaborate with PR agencies) and http://monitorbacklinks.com/ (to track your and your competitor’s backlinks in real time, also with analysis of the SEO impact).

  • Shamim

    For long times, I’ve been looking for a list of online public relation tools. These are extremely helpful for me. Thanks you a lot.

  • http://bloggersideas.com/ jitendra vaswani

    This list is definitely amazing. I really liked it

  • http://twitter.com/stanleycreates Jason Stanley

    Thanks by the way for your post :]

  • http://www.facebook.com/futuretechcom Futuro Enrique

    Thanks for Sharing list. I’ll check it out Blog outreach tools.

  • http://twitter.com/DanBischoff Dan Bischoff

    Thanks, Doc.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/igobydoc Darin “Doc” Berntson

    Fantastic list Dan.

  • http://twitter.com/stanleygarland Stanley

    This is one of the the best articles that I have read in a long time. Going to have to reblog this at: http://teachercloud.wordpress.com

  • http://www.twitter.com/danbischoff Dan Bischoff

    Janet, nice contribution! I’ll for sure check out blogdash.

  • http://oneforty.com Janet Aronica

    This is a fantastic list. And I’m really glad you had a little fun with it and put Grooveshark it there. :) I think a tool that’ll be helpful for PR agencies up the road is BlogDash. It’s in alpha right now but I think it’s going to be a very useful for blogger outreach.

  • http://www.twitter.com/danbischoff Dan Bischoff

    @Ronnie, your post helped create a better world.

    @Kari, thanks for the compliment.

    @Jason, thanks for you feedback and the links. Some good stuff.

    I think everyone ends up choosing a handful of tools that fits them best. There are way too many out there to use them all simultaneously. Hopefully this was a good resource for some. If nothing else, this post is a case study in how a little controversy can help drive discussion. ;)

  • http://www.myntpr.com Ronnie Manning

    Dan, many thanks for the inclusion of our 100 PR Buzzwords blog post! Great article and list of tools. -Ronnie Manning (Principal at Mynt Public Relations)

  • http://www.contentfac.com Kari DePhillips

    I don’t care what anyone else says, I think this list is pretty freaking comprehensive. It’s got plenty to keep me busy for a while, at least.

    Thanks for the PR tools, there are a few I can’t wait to try!

  • Arienne Holland

    Great links, Jason! Thanks for the contributions.

    Update 3/1/11
    Here’s a new one, shared on Twitter by NewspaperGrl: BlogFriendlyPR.com.

    According to the site, it connects “review bloggers and PR reps to help build lasting relationships. On this site you will find a small list of dedicated review bloggers. This list changes often, so check back regularly. These are review writers who are always open to working with reps and businesses on reviews and/or giveaways to promote a business or product.”

  • http://socialmediaexplorer.com Jason Falls

    Sorry to come across as critical. Just saw the “ultimate list” and thought this would be a great resource. I thought pointing out it under-delivered would be helpful. So, I’ll be happy to help with what I have found.

    Monitoring list specific:

    A Wiki of Social Media Monitoring Solutions

    Over 150 tools there. Some free, some paid.

    Here’s a post with 20 press release distribution sites:

    20 Free Best Press Release Distribution Sites!

    Writing tools, off the top of my head, I would at ScribeSEO and the LDA (Latent Dirichlet Allocation) optimizer.

    Just a few more to add to your list or check out.

    As for the “trolling” comment, Brian. I don’t have better things to do that to read good blogs and websites that give me and my clients great resources. I was trying to be helpful. Sorry if it came across as name calling and negative.

  • http://www.fleetmatics.com Mike Raia

    Similar to the LinkBait generator is GeneratorLand.com’s Blog Post Generator:

    http://www.generatorland.com/blog-post-ideas

  • http://www.villanovau.com Kristen

    Great list, I’ve sent it to my team.

    Looking forward to more suggestions in the comments.

    Thanks!

  • http://www.seo.com/ Dan Bischoff

    Matt, the Gobbledygook Grader is awesome. Perfect addition.

  • http://twitter.com/internetmatt Matt Mikulla

    Very timely @dan. I have to send some PR resources to a client. I’ll just sent them a link to this post now.

    I have used the Gobbledygook Grader before to show clients how crap their release sound loaded with buzzwords. Marketing departments don’t like it much.

  • http://www.seo.com/ Dan Bischoff

    Jason,

    Thanks for the additions to the list. There are a lot of tools out there, please add your other 10. Through comments, hopefully we really will have “THE ULTIMATE” list.

  • http://www.brianchappell.com Brian Chappell

    @jasonfalls

    I am pretty sure the headline doesnt state “Ultimate list of online public relations monitoring tools”

    Don’t you have better things to do in the morning than troll others for lacking your quality standards?

    I think this is a pretty well rounded post if you ask me.

  • Arienne Holland

    Jason, would you be willing to add to the list with specifics? Dan cited tools he had used and could recommend or explain. Your contributions would be much appreciated.

  • http://socialmediaexplorer.com Jason Falls

    Off the top of my head I can name 10 more monitoring tools. Where’s readMedia (press release distribution/online newsroom tool, BuzzStream (PR contact management solution), etc. Headline leads readers to disappointment with delivery. Just sayin’.