If you've had trouble reaching journalists at BuzzFeed, you're not alone. Why is this? Reporters aren't always responsive, as an PR pro can tell you. But there's something else at work here. We spent some time on Glassdoor this week in search of answers.
Looking for a fresh approach for story pitches, contributed content and client media? Try predictions. They're not just for December anymore. According to Google Trends, interest in predictions as a "media genre" has never been higher. Forbes's 2016 prediction articles drew three times as many readers than the Forbes average.
Video typically comes from TV networks and web sites. Increasingly, it will come from special-interest over-the-top (OTT) networks, delivered by apps you load from your mobile device or find pre-loaded on your Apple TV or Roku. This week The Enthusiast Network announced an update to just such an OTT platform, called Motor Trend on Demand.
Event season is heating up. Gigaom this month will announce the speaker lineup for Gigaom Change, its first F2F event under the leadership of CEO Byron Reese. The New Yorker is also getting into the tech event business with the debut of the New Yorker TechFest, chaired by the widely-respected New Yorker editor David Remnick.
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."