Literally hundreds of reporters cover funding announcements each year. The vast majority aren't "VC" reporters; they may cover a particular vertical, a tech beat, or local businesses. When funding news happens, they bang out a story they may barely understand. These 13 VC targets get it, as well or better than your clients get it.
Not exactly a target list -- more like a treasure map to the targets... here's the path to America's top 15 national newspaper tech sections, along with the email syntax for each. Tech is part of damn near everything these days, so it's valuable to monitor the sections as well as the individuals who write for them.
We predict that reporters will try to predict outcomes of 2019, and might even accept your clients' content in the process. Even if they don't publish it directly, these folks are worth pitch and influencing. Here's our cheat sheet.
Black Friday (and Cyber Monday, for that matter) are coming soon. It's another long-lead opportunity for you. Who wrote strong analytical pieces in 2018 on the subject? Our cheat sheet points the way. Sing out if we've missed someone.
Do you have a list of awards? Now you do. Your clients hope you do. They want to win something, to set themselves apart from the competition. Ours is a living list of 51 awards programs spanning Tier 1s to verticals. Which are we missing? Please let us know.
Are you sure you want that CEO profile? Really, really sure? If your client is private and seeks additional funding or an IPO, you’ll want one. If you want to de-position nasty competitors, you’ll want one. In Tier 1, they come at a price.
In our companion analysis we looked at headlines and ledes of successful profiles. In this analysis we spot key ingredients in body copy. Find a way to get these elements in front of your client before pitching. Bake this stuff into your narrative.
Rarely do clients and agencies imagine the ideal headline on a compelling CEO profile. Editors always do. Thanks largely to analytics, they know what works in headlines, and what seems to work lately is “Meet the Woman Who…" and “Meet the Man Who…"
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.