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Anton Molodetskiy: Supporting Tech Clients and Social Justice in Trying Times

We’re only halfway into 2020 and it's already clear that this year is one of the most transformative years for media, business communications, and PR. Companies of all sizes are struggling to connect effectively with employees and the public on major issues like COVID-19 and the protests against police brutality.

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Cheat Sheet: Reporters Who Cover Contact Tracing

Whoever thought this would ever be a beat? Well, strictly spreaking it's not a beat but part of a broader swath of territory patrolled by journalists covering the path forward from the catastrophe that is Covid-19. Here's a short list of those who are covering apps that will help detect infection.

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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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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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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.

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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.
Fri, 2014-10-24 10:04

Maybe so, says (SWMS subscriber) Edelman's Steve Rubel. Quoted by DM News, Steve worries that if 50 percent of content is consumed... Read more

Tue, 2014-10-21 11:05

Though he is damn near synonymous with data journalism, Nate Silver is still having a hard time launching FiveThirtyEight at ESPN.... Read more

Thu, 2014-10-09 09:14

... and the headline ended with ...That May Surprise You. A great click-bait technique. Well, the things didn't surprise us and they won't surprise... Read more

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