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Amanda Orr: It’s Time for PR Pros to Home In on Targeting

[SWMS contributor Amanda Orr writes:] There’s a quiet rumbling in the world of PR consultants and tech publicists: media relations is not what it used to be. The change didn’t happen overnight. Perhaps it’s because I’m writing this from my temporary home in Amman, Jordan, surrounded by Roman ruins, but I can’t help but imagine an archaeologist one day in the far off future, excavating a site in San Francisco…
 

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Analysis: Protocol’s ‘Live Journalism’

PR pros can learn a lot about Protocol Enterprise as a brand — and about the art of interviewing — by watching the Mar. 9 Protocol Live web event, in which senior Protocol reporters Tom Krazit and Joe Williams interview executives from Google and industrial IoT startup Webee.

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SWMS Edit Value Pyramid, Redux

Here’s a retake of a piece we published earlier this year. What exactly do readers want and need? Most PR pros see the world in terms of companies, technologies, stories and beats. There’s another way to look at things, and it might shake loose new opportunity.

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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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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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Keith Shaw: How to Duck the Roundup and Build Higher SOV

Reporters and editors love roundups, because it lets them quickly provide readers with lists of different companies providing similar offerings around a single topic, especially when that topic is timely (witness all the Covid-19 roundups lately). But PR agencies tend to dislike them, because they don’t get as much credit for a roundup placement…

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Amanda Orr: Edit Themes for Pitching the Recovery

[PR pro Amanda Orr writes:] Like much of the country, communications teams both in-house and at PR firms have been in a holding pattern. As we look at the Johns Hopkins tracker on a daily basis, watching the numbers of infections and fatalities climb, we knew (at least I hope most of us knew) that this wasn’t the time to send emails or make cold calls…

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David Strom: Covid Do’s & Don’ts

David Strom says: “My inbox is overflowing with a virus: all Covid, all the time, with pitches and experts offered from all walks of life. It isn’t just the infosec vendors, either: I’ve gotten pitches from genealogy vendors, and how sports reporters are coping now that there are no professional games being played.”

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Alex Shapiro: Editorial ‘Types’

Writes PR pro Alex: “Hanging out with reporters is my favorite part of the week and, having done it for a while, I’ve noticed some personality types that seem to recur. Here’s a pair of some of the most colorful media personalities I’ve encountered, and tips for getting on their good side.”

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Journo Praises PR Pro

Ellen Chang, freelancer for The Street, Tweets that “I am really impressed with a PR executive and the pitch she sent me. Not only did she get my beat right, she also mentioned being a fellow Boilermaker and talked about basketball season.”

SWMS Login Issues Are Resolved

We have (finally) resolved the technical issues that prompted SWMS subscribers to log in when they were already logged in. Apologies for the difficulty.

Paul La Monica Laid Off from CNN

From Twitter:

Personal news! I’m part of the @CNN layoffs. I’ll keep working until early March. After that? A much needed break to recharge after 21+ years! I feel awful for my amazing colleagues who are losing their jobs. But don’t cry for me. I’ll be fine. Now it’s time to get back to work!

Open Stats for Nov. 30 SWMS emailer

The SWMS-Semrush Top 15 Index was the most-opened article in our Nov. 30 emailer. Then, in descending order… cheat sheet on exec interview opps; Fortune contributed content formulas; “Challenge of 2023” analysis; Krazit/Kaye share what works; Protocol shuts down; cheat sheet on VC events/SMB events; cheat sheet on smart lighting

A16Z’s ‘Future’ Shutting Down

Great perspective from Insider reporters Rob Price and Melia Russell. Excerpt: “It doesn’t always end well when you hire people to tell the world how great you are. Future.com, from my periodic glances, is a snooze fest, devoid of even the most justifiable skepticism and tension,” wrote Brad Stone, a veteran tech journalist, in a Bloomberg newsletter this year.”

Rachel Metz Laid Off from CNN

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Rachel Metz on mastodon @rachelmetz@mstdn.social

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