Tech PR pros don't need something else to do, but it's probably time to keep an eye on Facebook Live (FBL). Launched last August, FB's live video portal has come of age. Brands, celebrities, tech journalists and mere mortals are broadcasting live every day to large and growing audiences.
It's tougher than ever to determine who covers what in today's tech media. Beats and sections used to be simple. Most publications had ample staffs, and the technology they covered (laptops, networking, printers) were largely unambiguous and well-understood.
Traditional business publications celebrate companies that put stockholders first. NewCo Shift, the media brand launched this month by entrepreneur John Battelle, celebrates a new breed of capitalism that puts people first. That may sound trite. We'll get to why it isn't.
Let's take a look at how NewCo Shift's web content is organized, and the founding staff that produces it. CEO and co-founder John Battelle will announce several key editorial hires in coming weeks. Already aboard is executive editor Jimmy Guterman, who has written for dozens of publications over the years and is widely respected in the industry.
SWMS publishes and periodically updates a list of narrative story types that recur year after year in tech and business media. Today we refresh that list with examples that might spell pitch success for PR pros specializing in B2B IT, especially in times when you have no "news."
Instead of you going to DEMO, what if DEMO came to you? That's the idea behind Traction Technology Partners, founded last December by former DEMO producers Erick Schonfeld and Neal Silverman. Theirs is a complicated business model. But it is the right idea in an era where F2F and community are so symbiotic and will only remain so.
Keep an eye on The Parallax, a security-and-privacy site launched six months ago this week. Editor Seth Rosenblatt has recruited an all-star freelance cast largely hailing from IDG (Dan Tynan, Kristin Burnham, Grant Gross, Juan Carlos Perez) and CNET/ZDNet (Charles Cooper, Declan McCullagh).