A Fortune Reader Survey Gives and Receives

We spent time this week completing a recently-fielded Fortune subscriber study and it was revealing indeed. A good way to ascertain what’s important to a publication is to complete a subscriber survey. The questions are designed to deliver basic info about subscribers but also are framed to test future concepts.

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SWMS Notebook: Pitching on Pandemic, Social Unrest

No airplanes? No problem! We've moved our coverage-challenge brainstorming fully online, and we've learned (and re-learned) many a lesson, in prepping for the sessions and in conversation. Here's a Q&A summarizing problems and solutions relating to pandemic responses and social unrest -- and some general pitching do's and don'ts.

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Cheat Sheet -- Tier 1 Content for Paid Subscribers Only

If you're looking for backdoors into Tier 1, you might try some of the virtual events we list in our new cheat sheet. Most events are scheduled on an ad hoc basis, so that won't make it easy. Still, since so few PR pros know about these opps, your chances are decent.

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How to Pitch Contributions to Fast Company's 'Work Life'

If it wasn’t before, Fast Company’s Work Life section became perfectly positioned when legions of readers began working where they lived and living where they worked. “I will say what our editor-in-chief, Stephanie Mehta, has said about Work Life, which is, it’s table stakes for us,” says deputy editor Kathleen (Kate) Davis.

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Fast Company Unveils 'Queer 50'

Fast Company last week unveiled The Queer 50, a first-ever list of LGBTQ women and nonbinary innovators in business and tech. The idea germinated in Fall 2019, when Fast Company editors and members of Lesbians Who Tech decided informally that “it was about time a list like this existed,” recalls FC editor Julia Herbst.

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Tier 1 Vital Stats: The Overview

Ever wish you could see all of Tier 1 at a glance? In our latest SWMS Deep-Dive, we package SimilarWeb data to identify which Tier 1 titles have the most passionate audiences, the ones bigger globally than here in the US, the ones who appear to have punted SEO and those who just don't show up on social. Plan accordingly. 

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Tier 1 Vital Stats: Search & Social

Tier 1 publishers can't do much to generate traffic to their home pages, or to get other sites to link to their articles -- but there's a ton they can do to drive traffic from search and social media. Using data from SimilarWeb, we explore which Tier 1 sites excel at it, and which don't. Tailor your pitch strategy accordingly.

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Tier 1 Vital Stats: Traffic Sources

Where do Tier 1 sites get their traffic? The main categories are (a) from visits to the home page, (b) from a link on another site, (c) from search and (d) from social. Using stats from similarWeb, we examine traffic sources for 15 Tier 1 sites, and you'll be surprised at the results.

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Tier 1 Vital Stats: Audience Size

Our subscribers long have sought Tier 1 coverage, but these days there's an urgency like never before. As part of this week's SWMS Tier 1 deep-dive, we explore some fascinating numbers from SimilarWeb. Read on for eye-openers that will change the way you think about the edit landscape.

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Keith Shaw: 5 Times I Needed Help From PR

Most journalists like to say that they don’t need help from a PR professional, but in my career I’ve found their assistance valuable in specific situations beyond general news requests. If you’re looking to be proactive and find areas where you can assist a journalist, these areas can be the start of establishing a relationship for future pitches and client outreach.

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