Profile: TC Currie, The New Stack

You’ll love TC Currie’s background. Back in the ‘80s she was a bored admin with too little to do — so she read software manuals. Soon she was writing macros, moving data from dBase to WordPerfect. She read Fast Company once in a while but never really followed the tech trades.

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Forbes Technology Council: a Smart Way to Get Published?

Readers have been asking us about the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for C-level executives. You have to invite yourself and then pay to get in. Once you’re approved, you can publish up to ten times a year on Forbes.com. Is it worth the money?

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SWMS Spot-Check: Mobile Speeds of Top Tech Sites

A target is a target and a hit is a hit, but one day soon you’ll choose which sites to pitch based on how they perform on mobile. One big reason: Google’s algorithms have begun to rank the mobile version of a site’s content. This means that a site’s influence increasingly hinges on how it works on the go.

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Profile: Mike Vizard, freelancer

Were you alive in 1985? Mike Vizard was reporting tech news and is still at it, freelancing for IT Business Edge and three other titles. Few journalists have more experience and connections. No tech PR pro can afford not to know what Mike told us during his recent 27-minute interview with us.

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More Reaction to Our Open Letter, "Dear B2B Client..."

Our readers had a lot to say about our open letter written from a fictitious B2B agency to a well-meaning fictitious client. A lack of candor often plagues an agency-client relationship after the glow of the kickoff has faded. Our open letter was designed to let agency leaders say what was on their minds.

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Profile: Aaron Tilley, Forbes

It was so close. Aaron Tilley was set to end 2016 with his first Forbes cover story, on Nvidia’s powerful and growing presence in artificial intelligence. At the last minute, top management decided to put Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner on the cover. More readers, better newsstand sales.

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SWMS IT Media Spot Check, Pt. 2

Where would you rather get coverage, Computerworld or Datanami? If you represent a company selling enterprise software, you probably don’t have much of a choice. Visit Computerworld today and you’ll see lots of practical, readable, sharable stories, but nothing like “Spark Gains Momentum With Latest Investment,” or “MariaDB Takes On Teradata, Vertica with Column Store.”

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What You Said About Our Open Letter, 'Dear B2B Client...'

Last week we published an open letter from a fictitious agency to a fictitious client, urging it to recognize new and daunting realities. We didn’t promote it in last week’s emailer because, frankly, we weren’t sure we should have published it. After all, we analyze tech media for a living. Dispensing business advice to PR agencies isn't something you ask us to do.

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Who Should Get Review Units? Data Can Tell You.

In 2017, clients will pose new and challenging questions to their agencies, questions that only tools can answer. In that spirit, we asked the folks at Jumpshot, a San Francisco-based analytics firm, to deliver usable insights in the following SWMS exercise.

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SWMS IT Media Spot Check, Pt. 1

In the wake of recent layoffs at eWeek and InformationWeek, it’s time to keep a closer eye on the pitch opps that remain across the IT media landscape. To that end, here’s the first of a two-part SWMS IT media spot check. Pitch opps, nuggets and more...

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MentionMapp: an Improved Twitter Discovery Tool

If you use Twitter to spot influencers, you absolutely have to make some time for MentionMapp. It’s an easy and fun way to see who has been yapping with whom, but more important, it can lead you to an influencer’s sources and connections without lots of keystrokes and menus.

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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.
SWMS valet consulting helps spot solutions to tough and time-consuming problems. Here is some of our recent feedback.
 
 
Mon, 2014-07-28 19:01

No agency wants to tell the client this. But March PR's Meredith L. Eaton may have found... Read more

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Maybe sometimes, argues Chris Conway of CHEN PR, an SWMS subscriber.... Read more

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The Guardian gives their New Yorker colleagues a thumbs-up on their new redesign and paywall. This might be a good... Read more

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