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Best Budget-Friendly Press Release Distribution Services for Small Businesses

 
 
 
I was recently invited by Meta to attend its all-expenses-covered Leaders Network's Gather 2022 event in Washington, DC. This newsworthy event, which also included my visit to New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office, called for a proper press release so I went researching. Here are the results of my quest for the best budget-friendly press release distribution services for small businesses. As such, I was not considering the powerful big players you can find on G2 Crowd (Newswire, PR Web, AccessWire, MyNewsDesk, Business Wire, etc.) whose press releases cost around $200-600. My focus was on free and budget-friendly alternatives for small businesses like my photography studio.

Budget-Friendly Services

Even by paying $20-50 per their press release, you can be re-published on many smaller industry news sites, boost your website visibility through backlinks, improve your SEO, make it to the Google News, RSS, and even be noticed by the local news channels. While you can't reach the top journalists and major media outlets at the entry level of these budget-friendly press release distribution services, they offer upgrades if you are serious about such reach. You would still pay under $200 with some, less than the leading press release distribution services.

I had a tough experience with PR.com... They claim to offer free press release publishing (without distribution) and I was ok with that, having distributed my press release elsewhere. Yet, after putting it on a 2-day "editorial hold", they demanded a $60 upgrade "for the nature of the content". First I thought it was because I added a photo so I removed it. Another hold, another request for an upgrade. I asked to clarify what options that I chose necessitated such an upgrade. The answer was a copy/paste of the same vague comment. I asked if they can be more specific, they just went silent, my PR is stuck unpublished. UPDATE: Two weeks later, no reply from PR.com. As such, I do not recommend the service, especially if time is of the essence.

"You get what you pay for" applies as usual but some of these budget-friendly press release distribution services offer more for free than the others. PR Log appeared the most generous among the totally free options.

Paid Service

I singled out EIN PressWire as a paid-only press release distribution service because first, it allows you to do your first press release for free (otherwise $99), and second, you can buy the PRs in bulk at just around $33 a piece! (If you sign up through my link, the price can go as low as $28.50 or $16.65.) The service aims at ABC, Al Jazeera, Discovery, CBS, AccessHollywood, Bloomberg, CNN, etc. The disclaimer is that it's up to individual publishers to choose whether to publish your release. Seemed to be the most cost-effective option in my modest research.

Final Thoughts

I used each of these budget-friendly press release distribution services, publishing either for free, or at one of the lowest tiers. The table below is a quick summary of my findings. It's not meant to be thorough but to offer a top-level comparison of the key features, including my bias for photography industry. :) For each service, I compare its free and paid offerings, separated by "/". The table is linked to my Google Sheet and will auto-update if I edit the source.

If you use a similarly great budget-friendly press release distribution service, feel free to suggest it in the comments!
 
 

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4 Comments

  1. Nicky R says:

    Having trouble seeing the “Features” list in the table. This content is hugely helpful, BTW. Thanks for doing the research.

    • Ed Hafizov says:

      Oh, thanks so much, Nicky! I fixed this unexpected problem. By the way, did you find this through Leaders Network? 🙂

      • TY so much for fixing! Nope, I found it through a Google search for “press release distribution services for small business.” Came up #2 in organic after 5 ads.

        • Ed Hafizov says:

          Oh, my… It comes only on the 5th page for me but this varies geographically. Thank you for this valuable additional info, I do pay attention to it! My best wishes, Nicky!

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