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On 13, Mar 2011
If you are:
- a total PR nerd addicted to all things PR 2.0
- a marketing person who tries to avoid “irrelevant PR”
- anyone who needs to work with press releases regularly
… it’s time to rejoice: Thanks to a PRFilter.com (PRFilter), the first-ever press release search engine has now debuted!
What is PRFilter.com?
So what is a press release search engine, you ask? In my opinion, the notion of a press release search engine is as valuable as it is relevant: you can now use PRFilter to search multiple press release databases such as PRWeb, PRNewswire and many more. PRFilter actually explains it best:
“At the moment PRFilter aggregates ten key paid wire and press release distribution services and press releases direct from over 60 individual technology and media companies and we are adding more sources as we speak. Together these sources output approximately 15,000 press releases each week.”
The first immediate benefit I see is story-searching efficiency. In the past when I’ve had to search for stories or press releases, I physically have to go to each different press release distribution site and search under the same search terms. But with PRFilter, the however, you can search for a search term and get results from many press release distribution sites all in one location. This cuts my story searching time significantly.
Another benefit: popular search terms (e.g. “Marketing,” “Mobile,” “Travel,” etc.) are already available right from the search results page making new searches for common terms quite easy. You can also use the Advanced Search right from the home page to select industries and categories most relevant to your story search.
Geographic filters are also a plus: The search results for any search term are aggregated from various press release distribution services primarily based in the US, Canada and England. While you can’t filter your initial search from the home page geographically, you can filter geographically from the search results page itself.
Newly-launched PRFilter is very open to suggestions from users and, time willing, I might ask them to consider adding the geographic filter capability to the home page (vs. only from search results page). While I’m sure English and Canadian news releases are wonderful, most of my specific interest for news and stories are domestic USA-specific. Beyond this detail, for a beta launch, I am thrilled with the launch of PRFilter and see it as an invaluable tool in the PR person’s arsenal.
View the PRFilter video for more information
In between professional engagements, Mayra guest blogs and contributes content regularly to a number of publications both in and outside the Washington DC metro area. Mayra is also the editor of The Better Social Business Blog, "Pet Tech" columnist for the Virginia Maryland Dog Magazine, contributes an “e-Trends” column to the Loudoun Business Journal and is founder of the Loudoun Fairfax Local Bloggers Meetup group which mentors and helps local bloggers network, learn and exchange ideas.