How to tweak your headlines for success
PRDaily : By Tamsin Henderson | Posted: March 3, 2016
Headline writing isn’t easy.
Although many online “How to write a better headline” articles can be helpful, they’re
Perhaps you’ve tried writing 20 headlines and asking friends and colleagues to help you choose
one; this too, takes time. Devoting the same number of hours to the headline as you do to the
story or press release itself isn’t feasible for a writer on a deadline.
標題撰寫並不容易， 網路上可能有很多幫助題寫標題的文章用以幫助 或 也許你自己也試寫了許多讓你的
親朋好友來幫你選擇，但這都很耗時耗力， 尤其是截稿時更不適合 。
It’s tough to tell what triggers reporters and readers to click on your story over another. It could be
the topic or the headline, or simply that nothing else they’ve seen grabs their fancy. Still, there
probably isn’t a specific formula to follow.
Last year, though, something eye-opening happened to me. As I sat down to write a press release on a breezy April morning, I began with :
“Bespoke Piano Company Unveils World’s Most Luxurious Piano.”
This seemed like the start to a pretty engaging story and felt bold and newsworthy.
Before sending it out, I built an online newsroom, displayed my assets and meticulously researched
whom to contact.
After I sent it, my pitch got zero response online. Even my list of carefully researched contacts didn’t
I rewrote the headline:
“Dubai Sheikh Buys £420,000 British Piano Studded With Half A Million Swarovski Crystals”
Suddenly, the editors I’d previously spoken with perked up their ears, and one national newspaper—
which has shunned the previous headline—called me for more information.
The updated headline prompted interest from radio stations, TV stations, newspapers, supplements, magazines and bloggers.
“迪拜酋長以£420000 收購鑲嵌五十萬顆施華洛世奇水晶的英國鋼琴” 突然，更多要求此篇相關訊息湧入-
So, what had happened? I had gotten more specific.
Because I turned a lofty concept (world’s most luxurious piano) into something tangible, interest grew. Journalists don’t have time to wrestle with vague, watery headlines.
If your pitch isn’t clear, they’ll skip over you.
Next time, ask yourself, “Is this headline Buzzfeed friendly?” Or, “Would I share this story on
Facebook?” If the answer is yes, your headline has potential.
In order to keep their editors happy, journalists’ stories must get clicks and shares.
To meet this need, write your headline as a journalist would. If they like it, they might just use it verbatim.
或者，“我會在 Facebook上分享這個故事？ “如果答案是肯定的，那您的標題有潛力。
Tamsin Henderson runs UK-based Gather Creative a PR and copywriting agency.
Connect with her on Twitter. A version of this article originally appeared on Muck Rack ,
a service that enables you to find journalists to pitch, build media lists, get press alerts
and create coverage reports with social media data.