This past year was tough on tech PR — no need to recount the details. But in the nick of time IDG Insider Pro has breezed into town. Though it does run product reviews that appear on other IDG sites, it’s no mere roll-up. It’s got unique analysis and contributed content and much that other sites do not have — and it’s pitchable like the old days.
A fixture in our Q4 subscriber meetings was the discussion of SEO and evergreen content. Here’s how the set-up went. “Think about how much has been written about digital transformation… the many thousands of articles. Now let’s go to Google, type in ‘digital transformation’ and let’s see what ranks highest.”
Tech edit industry veteran Matt Rosoff is a builder. He helped IDG build a web channel and event around BYOD. He built Business Insider’s west coast presence as well as its enterprise tech reporting team. Since January, Matt has built out CNBC’s tech reporting team.
You send us lots of rejected contributed content, asking what went wrong. Sometimes we can spot a path forward, but it’s heartbreaking to hear that “the client wants it written this way” or “this has already been approved.” That’s why this week we studied nine sets of contributed content guidelines from top edit targets and packaged what we think is their most valuable advice.
… including TripSavvy senior editorial director Laura Ratliff. Expect to see lots of senior talent cut from venerable consumer titles.
Here’s what you opened, in descending order: VB/ Quartz “fill out the form”; Suman Bhattacharyya Q&A; cheat sheets on AI newsletters and HR verticals; Meteor Q&A; cheat sheet on manufacturing/3D printing; SWMS contributed content cheat sheet update; SWMS-Semrush Top 15 in healthcare edit
“We recommend avoiding general and often dehumanizing “the” labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the French, the disabled, the college-educated. Instead, use wording such as ‘people with mental illnesses.’ And use these descriptions only when clearly relevant.”
Aisha Counts and Max Cherney have landed good new jobs roughly six weeks after being laid off from Protocol. Both coincidentally are covering big tech companies. Aisha now covers Twitter and Meta for Bloomberg, and Max now works for Silicon Valley Business Journal covering Apple, Meta and Google.