When was the last time PR pros swarmed the Huffington Post? We’re guessing about a year ago, when it threw its contributed-content doors wide open. In any case, after 12 successful years, the Huffington Post is no more. Its owner, Verizon, this week renamed it “HuffPost.”
Once among the most powerful voices in the business, the Huffington Post no longer appears committed to tech editorial. Tech editor Damon Beres left in July for a deputy editor's job at Mashable and has not been replaced. "Tech" is no longer broken out on the HuffPo masthead.
A veteran IT editor wrote to remind us that some publications flag contributed and sponsored content more clearly than others. In this InfoWorld example, the author's identity is not seen until the bottom of the article. By contrast, in this Huffington Post example, readers see that the author works for Apigee before they begin reading.
We've learned more about Huffington Post's forthcoming, self-service approach to contributed content. Now in beta, it's called HuffPost Contributors. It seems to have two purposes. One, it relieves all HuffPo editors from having to evaluate unsolicited third-party content. And two, it consolidates all contributions in a single platform housed apart from HuffPo proper.
PureWow may not leap to mind among women's lifestyle publishers. It should. In 2015 its audience grew more than 300 percent. Its revenue more than doubled. "We completely blew past our numbers," says EIC Mary Kate McGrath. This is no mean feat considering fierce competition from Refinery29, Popsugar, HuffPo and countless others.
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Placing contributed content is never easy. A Publicity Club of New York luncheon panel last week reminded us why.
"The best submissions," explained Business Insider managing editor Jessica Liebmann, "have a ton of voice, are counter-intuitive, argue a point no one else is arguing, and are written in the tone of our site. The piece needs to be conversational -- how would you tell a friend about whatever you're talking about?"
Any site that gets 40 million page views a month is always worth pitching. Alas, for most PR pros the Huffington Post is a black box: it publishes little contact info, the masthead is incomplete... certainly here at SWMS, no media property has produced more frustration and ill spirit -- either in PR or among edit competitors.
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