SWMS Deep-Dive: 13 VC Targets That Matter

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.

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SWMS Deep Dive: Funding Coverage and How to Get It

Placing funding news used to be easier. Get the targets under embargo, schedule the interviews, hope no one misbehaves and watch the coverage roll in. You still have to do all that. But now there’s the issue of, “The round is only $50 million?” And/or, “I want an exclusive on this.” And/or, “I want a two-hour jump or I’m not covering it.”

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Secret Weapon: The Community Company

Is the Forbes Technology Council worth the money? We hear that a lot from PR pros looking to place contributed content. In our view the answer is ‘yes’, though there’s actually something bigger going on, which we’ll get to in a sec.

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'Living in Digital Times' is the CES that CES Doesn't Deliver

There’s CES — monstrous, unconquerable CES — and then there are the events within the event. Pepcom and Showstoppers and CES Unveiled. The floor tours during the show. They’re all designed to bring CES into focus for exhibitors and journalists. 

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How a Bloomberg Reader Survey Can Help Your Pitches

Bloomberg last month fielded a survey designed to help it decide what to do with Businessweek, a brand it bought from McGraw-Hill in 2009. Coincidentally, the questions asked in the survey can reveal much about business journalism in general, and about how PR pros can build more effective Tier 1 pitches.

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Cheat Sheet: National Newspaper Tech Sections

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.

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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.