Recent Edit News and Analysis

Deconstructed: A Contributed Piece that Drew a Big Audience

What makes for a smart approach to contributed content? Answer: something that you know has worked. A Sept. 25 Enterprisers Project piece called "Beware the dark side of agile project management" drew more page views than anything else TEP published that month. Let's deconstruct why.

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Analysis: Quartz on the Rocks

Few publications have innovated like Quartz. It launched in 2012 as "mobile-first" and raced to embrace native advertising. Its first news app was a chatbot. It created amazing visuals and posted the code on GitHub. It had obsessions, not beats. So why is Quartz in trouble?

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Before Pitching a Narrative, Mock One Up

Most in-house PR pros crave lengthy Tier 1 narratives focused only on their company. Agencies want them focused on the lucrative client. Mock-ups can help. Why not write — at length — the story you envision? We did just that for a subscriber and here’s what we learned.

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Marker: About 'How' and 'Why'

It's been just five weeks since the soft launch of Marker, the new business publication from Medium. Based on an analysis of the 36 articles published so far, the content is predominatly business advice for startups -- and not appreciably different from what readers can find elsewhere.

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Amazing Visual Storytelling from the New York Times

If you're interested in state-of-the-art storytelling, look no further than last week's special report from the New York Times. Titled "The Office: An In-Depth Analysis of Workplace User Behavior," it's not necessarily something to read -- it's something to play with.

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Inside the FT's Profile of PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada

Every CEO profile counts these days. Every enterprise software story does, too. So when we saw Financial Times west coast editor Richard Waters dedicate more than 1,000 words to PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada, that was a big deal. How did that story come about?

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Axios 'Smart Brevity' -- A New Standard for Internal Comms?

By now you know about Axios and its "smart brevity" (which an Axios comms pro once described as "going deep, writing short"). More than a slogan, smart brevity is a bullet-based, easily scannable writing style designed to convey information clearly at a glance. And now it's more than a writing style...

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When Submitting a Post to G2, Know Your SEO

G2's contributed content guidelines are refreshingly explicit and perhaps a bit demanding -- you really need to know your SEO. Still, it's worth it: submitting to G2 may land you a surprisingly effective hit while revealing how trade editors see their jobs these days.

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