Melanie Rembrandt

Since our initial launch date, Melanie Rembrandt has been an integral part of the StartupNation team.

As the founder of Rembrandt Communications®, LLC,, Melanie is one of the country's top, public-relations consultants, an SEO copywriter and a published writer with over 20 years of extensive experience and an excellent track-record for success.

She specializes in helping entrepreneurs get the attention and credibility they need via targeted public-relations and SEO copywriting efforts (including Web site copy that sells, newsletters, eReports, social media, blogs, SEO press releases, e-mail auto responders, direct marketing, and more!).

Melanie offers tips and insights via her blogs and monthly newsletter, "Rembrandt Writes Insights®." And she provides in-depth training presentations to various businesses and organizations nationwide.

Melanie is also the author of "Secrets of Becoming a Publicist," published by American Writers & Artists, Inc., "Simple Publicity," published by 1WinPress, StartupNation's "7 Steps to Successful Public Relations," and the host of the SmallBiz America Radio Channel, "PR and SEO Quick Tips with Melanie Rembrandt."

A magna cum laude graduate of the prestigious UCLA School of Theater,Film and Television, Melanie is the official small-business PR expert for StartupNation and Pink Magazine Online. She’s open to your questions, comments and suggestions at and @rembrandtwrites on Twitter.

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Are you paying attention to the quotes you’re using in your press releases or just inserting them “as is” into your PR materials? Quotes are important so here are a few, quick things to keep in mind when writing:

  •  Provide value.

How many times do you see a press release where the CEO is “thrilled” or “excited” about the news item? Of course he or she is! Otherwise, the company wouldn’t send out the news in the first place!

With this in mind, please remember to provide valuable information in a quote. Have your CEO or spokesperson provide new data or a personal opinion about the news that media members and perspective customers will want to hear.

  • Add SEO keywords.

Quotes are often pulled out of press releases and inserted into various media venues “as is” so why not make the most of them?

Include search engine optimization (SEO) keywords in your quotes for extra publicity. Who knows? A potential customer may be looking for certain keywords online, find your press release and make a purchase!

  • Keep it short.

When inserting a quote into your release, try to keep it short and sweet. Get your message across as succinctly as possible. This will help make your press release more reader-friendly and help build more buzz. 

  • Who are you quoting?

When writing a press release, try to have a business executive give the quote. People want to hear from the leaders of an organization or business, not the communications person. You’ll add more credibility to your release and possibly get more interviews.

These are just quick tips to remember when writing your press releases. Since you’re spending the time and effort to distribute the news, why not get the most out of it as possible?

Need more help combining your PR, SEO marketing, e-mails, newsletters, and social media campaigns for the best results? Just let me know here or at Thanks! 

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