2019: "Business, Society & Technology"

Before 2018 concludes, we wanted to share concepts we presented during our recent subscriber visits. We typically arrived in the conference room with 10-15 web pages tabbed up on the laptop — and we varied them from day to day. Rarely omitted: the one on "business, society and technology."

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How to Pitch Business Insider's "My First Day as a CEO"

A sharp-eyed subscriber alerted us this week to a cool, little-known Business Insider feature called “My First Day as CEO.” After a bit of sleuthing we identified the editor who oversees the franchise, and she offered us good background and pitching advice.

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Contributed Content by Membership: the Ad Age Collective

If you like the Forbes Technology Council, you'll like the newly announced Ad Age Collective. It's based on the same idea: paying an affordable annual fee for the right to publish content to a prestigious site and to enjoy additional benefits -- such as professional introductions and early-bird pricing to live events.

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Wanted: SEO-Minded AEs

There aren't too many like Kathryn Bonesteel. She has worked in PR at agencies and in-house. At other times she worked as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives, and in marketing for the Dallas Cowboys. And she's one of the sharpest pros we know when it comes to SEO and social analytics.

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Techmeme Introduces Topic Leaderboards

If you're looking for quick-and-dirty lists of top tech edit targets across 28 tech categories, you might be interested in Techmeme's new Topic Leaderboards. Created by Gabe Rivera in 2005, the original Techmeme Leaderboards tracked the clout of individual reporters and publications, and still do.

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Lindsay Ciulla on Avoiding Burnout, Building Strong Talent

I’ve previously written about managing difficult clients and maintaining profitability - two daily challenges in the life of PR leadership. While these are critical to your everyday role, there’s another key factor that will help or hurt you while juggling the work: your team.

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Notes from the Field, Nov. 29, 2018

Five weeks and 61 meetings... we learned much on our now-concluded road trip. In short, clients and agencies need to talk more. From agencies we heard questions such as, "What if the client doesn't know what their story is?", and, "They won't let us talk about that." 

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Notes from the Field, Nov. 14, 2018

Would someone please remind the B2B clients that Tier 2 doesn’t suck? One client ordered its agency to swarm Tier 1 pubs even though the client’s number one goal was lead-gen. Tier 2 readers may not sign the checks, but they build the short lists and recommend what to buy.

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Ben Wolfson Shares Tech Journo Insights Heard at PRSA SF

Highwire SAE Ben Wolfson writes: "I recently attended a media panel with three of the top enterprise tech reporters in the Bay Area. Business Insider's Becky Peterson, Bloomberg's Nico Grant and CNBC's Ari Levy shared what moves the needle for them."

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SWMS Deep-Dive: Cracking TechCrunch for Coverage of Funding News

TechCrunch still covers funding rounds the old-fashioned way — with lots of full-fledged articles each day, each with their own style. No digests like Fortune’s and CNBC’s. Nothing half-hearted. Coverage ranges from seed round through Series E and F.

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SWMS Deep-Dive: Here's What VC Reporters Really Want to Write

CNBC doesn’t profile many startups using 2,000 words and two team photos. But that’s what it did on Oct. 4 when Kate Rooney, a markets reporter, went deep on a startup called Plaid. It didn’t hurt Plaid’s cause that CNBC named it to the CNBC Disruptor 50 list. Still, it was singled out. Why?

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