Try compression of details for PR leads
Embeddable tooth implants. Batman’s tax bill. Zombie slayers.
Like squeezing together a lump of coal to make a diamond, compression of details condenses fascinating facts into a passage that’s more than the sum of its parts.
Take a tip from these Silver Anvil Award winners, and try compression of details.
Pit that nickel against Nickelodeon
Fleishman-Hillard’s John Armato used that approach for this lead for a press release for H&R Block by Fleishman-Hillard/Kansas City:
For this approach, you choose more than one (and, to be fair, almost always three) examples to make your broader point.
The internet in my tooth …
Marie Hatter uses compression of details for the Cisco blog post “The Internet of Everything Hearts Your Health”:
A smart watch responds to touch to help ease the loneliness of long-distance relationships.
A bracelet records daily physical activity and caloric intake and provides recommendations to achieve health goals.
These capabilities may have seemed like a dream only a decade ago but are now a reality, thanks to the Internet of Everything.
Internet of Everything? That’s huge! The internet in my tooth? Now we’re talkin’.
Make your audience the lead.
Lisa Gurry brings the world of gaming down to size with a compression of details in the promotion “Your Invitation Has Arrived: Xbox One Ready for Millions of Fans on Nov. 22”:
Xbox One? Too big. Zombie slayers? I’m in.
… Who lived in a shoe.
Mark Zelermyer brought this lead, for Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, home with compression of details:
That’s compression of details.
When does this approach not work? When the details aren’t really details.
In “Extra! Extra! New Cisco Brand Launches Today — Get the Details Here,” writers miss the mark by compressing generics:
TV? Newspaper? Internet? TOO BIG!
To get our attention, bring it down to size.
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