The usual wisdom when it comes to pitching a conference or webinar session is to offer up someone from your marketing department. I want to give you a counter proposal: find the most technical person in your shop that you can give your talk and try to avoid pitching your CMO at all costs.
Last week's Techonomy NYC 19 event attracted a small, passionate audience that heard brilliant and inspirational speakers. Amid the topics of IoT, 5G and AI were appearances by social media pioneer Jeremiah Owyang, Bank of America chief operations and technology office Cathy Bessant, and two presidential candidates, Andrew Yang and John Delaney.
Wired EIC Nicholas Thompson steers one of the most venerable brands in publishing. That being the case, Wired tends to be tough to pitch successfully. That’s why PR pros will want to read what Nick had to say to us last week in New York City.
"I feel like I spend most of my week saying no," says Dark Reading contributed content gatekeeper Marilyn Cohodas. The publication's managing editor reviews the contributions submitted by PR folks. The good authors, she says, "understand the big picture and understand the problems that need to be solved."
Myth: B2B IT publishers sell advertising to tech vendors. Their media brands employ dozens of reporters and editors who weigh pitches about emerging companies and technologies. The best pitches bring the best coverage. Reality: B2B IT publishers are digital manufacturers, mass-producing behavior that signals buying interest. Here's what's really going on.
eWeek (formerly PC Week) is well into its 36th year and never has it been more different. Under the leadership of EIC Chris Preimesberger and QuinStreet top management, eWeek this month pulled back from news and analysis and refocused on helping buyers decide what to buy. PR folks won’t like that.
Lewis DVorkin, the man who transformed Forbes.com, is inventing again. Now an adjunct professor at Cal State Northridge and the CEO of a startup called Newsroom.ai, Lewis has built a content management system -- Newsroom Studio -- designed specifically for smartphones. Its storytelling capabilities -- in the form of tap stories -- may amaze you.
Among all the tech podcasts, which ones do you pitch? Since all podcast audiences are small and hard to measure, you’d probably want to start with the ones who truly want to hear from you. In that scarce category is Kotecki on Tech, produced and hosted by former Politico video blogger James Kotecki.
Context and emotion aren't just coming -- they're here. The New York Times has begun classifying its articles by the emotions they generate. Sirius/XM recently launched several new audio channels programmed for listening while partying, barbecuing or working out. The newest clean-slate industry in America, cannabis, sells its products by context and emotion, too.
What makes Techonomy different? Founder and EIC David Kirkpatrick asks himself that every day. When David launched the brand in 2010, few event producers addressed how technology was transforming society. In 2010, President Obama finally got around to sending a Tweet. In 2016, candidate Donald Trump averaged 375 Tweets a month.
TechCrunch Extra Crunch this week posted a pair of articles containing admonishment and advice for tech PR pros. The top portion of the posts does appear for free in regular TechCrunch. The full text is available only to TC EC subscribers. We hereby excerpt (in fair-use fashion) what our readers most need to know.
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