Lessons Learned from The Forbes Cloud 100 'Rising Star' List

To nail that elusive company profile, make sure you’re studying the lists. Yes, one can apply for inclusion and what happens after that is something of a mystery. One can glean a lot from list results, however. For example, we recently studied a list within a list — the 20-company Rising Stars list within Forbes’s Cloud 100 — and here’s what we learned.

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Deconstructed: A Contributed Piece that Drew a Big Audience

What makes for a smart approach to contributed content? Answer: something that you know has worked. A Sept. 25 Enterprisers Project piece called "Beware the dark side of agile project management" drew more page views than anything else TEP published that month. Let's deconstruct why.

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Cheat Sheet: Case Study Reporters

Sadly, there are only ten names -- in only five media brands -- on this list of reporters who might cover your case study. Who are we missing? In theory, any beat reporter is potentially a case study reporter, if there is a true breakthrough embedded in your news.

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Before Pitching a Narrative, Mock One Up

Most in-house PR pros crave lengthy Tier 1 narratives focused only on their company. Agencies want them focused on the lucrative client. Mock-ups can help. Why not write — at length — the story you envision? We did just that for a subscriber and here’s what we learned.

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Marker: About 'How' and 'Why'

It's been just five weeks since the soft launch of Marker, the new business publication from Medium. Based on an analysis of the 36 articles published so far, the content is predominatly business advice for startups -- and not appreciably different from what readers can find elsewhere.

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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.