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Social media news release wins innovation award


Stephen Davies
Social Media Manager
Tel: +44 (0)191 2155503
Mob: +447795482537
Email: stephen@webitpr.com  
Adam Parker
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +44 (0)191 2155507
Email: adam@webitpr.com



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  • Online news distribution company, webitpr, has been named 2007/08 digital innovator of the year at the North East Digital Awards in England, UK for its implementation of the Social Media News Release (SMNR) – a new kind of press release tailored for the online world.

  • The award categories were split into three groups, Digital Users, Digital Suppliers and Digital Innovators and included individual awards within each category. Webitpr’s SMNR platform won the Best Use of Emerging Technology award and went on to win the overall Digital Innovator award against another 13 entrants.

  • The SMNR concept was introduced in Europe by webitpr in 2007 and has since been used by a number of FTSE100 and Fortune500 companies including, ITV, Sage, Vauxhall and WebEx, as well as number of PR and marketing agencies based out of the UK and US.

  • The SMNR combines a traditional press release with multimedia content and social media elements from sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and is used as an online tool to allow news content to be easily shared and discussed.

  • Further information on webitpr’s Social Media News Release can be found on the webitpr website: http://www.webitpr.com/realwire.asp?id=21 or by calling 0191 2155 007.


Chief executive of webitpr, Adam Parker.
“Everyone working in the PR industry knows that we’re going through a media evolution at the moment, where the barriers to entry are low, multimedia is no longer a premium and a brand is in the hands of the consumer.”

“It’s obvious that the momentum in the PR industry is shifting this way also and we see a news release aligned with this change becoming common place.”

Managing director of webitpr, Jonathan Dolby.

“Winning the Digital Innovation Award is a testament to the hard work and effort we’ve put in to developing our SMNR platform over this past year.”

Head of ebusiness at The North East Regional Development Portal and judge at the awards, Pascal Fintoni.
“Congratulations to webitpr on winning the Digital Innovator Award. The level of competition from each entrant was extremely high but we were very impressed by the SMNR concept and how it is helping to meet the needs of the PR profession in the digital world.”

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About webitpr
webitpr has specialised in online news distribution since its inception in 2000 and works on behalf of PR agency and corporate clients throughout the UK and Europe. The company is UK based and distributes news to its large database containing thousands of online media which cover a range of industries including Telecoms, IT, Consumer Tech, Gaming, Broadcast, Pharma/Healthcare and Banking and Finance.


It provides a unique service by not only distributing news and multimedia content but by providing clients with the online editorial and blog coverage their news has generated. webitpr was the first UK distribution company to introduce the Social Media News Release – a new kind of press release to cater for the online media world.


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