Recent Research

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.

Want to upgrade to a subscription that includes SWMS news, research and consulting? Send e-mail to Sam for details.

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. 

Want to upgrade to a subscription that includes SWMS news, research and consulting? Send e-mail to Sam for details.

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.

Want to upgrade to a subscription that includes SWMS news, research and consulting? Send e-mail to Sam for details.

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.

Want to upgrade to a subscription that includes SWMS news, research and consulting? Send e-mail to Sam for details.

SWMS Deep-Dive: Medium

As furloughs and pay cuts ripple through media brands, alternate routes that once looked like a waste of time suddenly don’t. One of those routes is Medium. Pitching Medium-owned publications can be tough, because Medium has free access to thousands of posts that authors contribute each week.

Want to upgrade to a subscription that includes SWMS news, research and consulting? Send e-mail to Sam for details.

Cheat Sheet: Big-Picture Reporters

So... if “emerging technologies” is not a thing, and you have a trend piece to pitch about a cool new technology, who then does one approach? Here’s a cheat sheet on broad-minded reporters who see the synthesis of things, across tech categories. We also extend this list with reporters who specialize in AI, a core tech across nearly everything in our world.

Want to upgrade to a subscription that includes SWMS news, research and consulting? Send e-mail to Sam for details.

Pages

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.
Mon, 2015-03-09 12:07

Like narratives? SWMS subscriber Lou Hoffman reprises some of his greatest blog hits... Read more

Wed, 2014-10-29 08:56

Mark has written about PR several times, with a positive POV. He... Read more

Tue, 2014-10-28 08:03

Our friend Sean Mills at Bite sent us this Twitter conversation begun by Anil Dash and joined by Kevin Ro... Read more

Pages