Profile: Aaron Tilley, Forbes

It was so close. Aaron Tilley was set to end 2016 with his first Forbes cover story, on Nvidia’s powerful and growing presence in artificial intelligence. At the last minute, top management decided to put Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner on the cover. More readers, better newsstand sales.

SWMS IT Media Spot Check, Pt. 2

Where would you rather get coverage, Computerworld or Datanami? If you represent a company selling enterprise software, you probably don’t have much of a choice. Visit Computerworld today and you’ll see lots of practical, readable, sharable stories, but nothing like “Spark Gains Momentum With Latest Investment,” or “MariaDB Takes On Teradata, Vertica with Column Store.”

What You Said About Our Open Letter, 'Dear B2B Client...'

Last week we published an open letter from a fictitious agency to a fictitious client, urging it to recognize new and daunting realities. We didn’t promote it in last week’s emailer because, frankly, we weren’t sure we should have published it. After all, we analyze tech media for a living. Dispensing business advice to PR agencies isn't something you ask us to do.

SWMS IT Media Spot Check, Pt. 1

In the wake of recent layoffs at eWeek and InformationWeek, it’s time to keep a closer eye on the pitch opps that remain across the IT media landscape. To that end, here’s the first of a two-part SWMS IT media spot check. Pitch opps, nuggets and more...

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MentionMapp: an Improved Twitter Discovery Tool

If you use Twitter to spot influencers, you absolutely have to make some time for MentionMapp. It’s an easy and fun way to see who has been yapping with whom, but more important, it can lead you to an influencer’s sources and connections without lots of keystrokes and menus.

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Open Letter from "Agency": It Begins "Dear B2B Client..."

Dear B2B client…

We’ve had something important to discuss with you for a while now. We’ve been struggling with not sounding whiny. But with a new year, a new Presidency and a new American era about to begin, what the hell -- it’s time.

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Small Business (SMB)

Small business makes up most of US business. Yet there's such a small amount of media specifically dedicated to it. That's why knowing who the specialists are is so important. Here's a living document on who's who and how to reach them. No fancy formatting: send us what you know and we'll build a shared doc together.

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Behind the InformationWeek Layoffs: The Rise of Interop ITX

Last month's layoffs at InformationWeek (UBM) and eWeek (Quinstreet) saddened PR with good reason. Who still writes 500-word articles about tech vendors -- the ones clients expect? Says UBM EVP Kelley Damore: "That's not the model we're in anymore. It has always been the written word, but now there's so much content out there... we need to rethink this."

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Introducing Axios

Axios soft-launched yesterday. It's the publication Dan Primack left Fortune to join. You can sign up for its newsletters here. The web site debuts late next month. Pitching Axios will be difficult but not impossible. Think Quartz, Bloomberg Gadfly, The Atlantic, The New Yorker.

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Journalists are leaving media brands every week. Read the fruits of 16 confidential interviews with journalists now working at tech brands or PR agencies, and five interviews with the executives who hired these journalists.
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