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Inside IDG's Insider Pro

This past year was tough on tech PR -- no need to recount the details. But in the nick of time IDG Insider Pro has breezed into town. Though it does run product reviews that appear on other IDG sites, it's no mere roll-up. It's got unique analysis and contributed content and much that other sites do not have -- and it's pitchable like the old days.

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Pitch Opp: 'Beyond Innovation'

Beyond Innovation, the tech video series produced by Toronto-based Global Live, is an earned media opp. At first it may not look like one, but it is, and it's well worth checking out. Beyond Innovation "uncovers the world’s new and emerging technologies" through interviews with company executives.

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Lessons Learned from The Forbes Cloud 100 'Rising Star' List

To nail that elusive company profile, make sure you’re studying the lists. Yes, one can apply for inclusion and what happens after that is something of a mystery. One can glean a lot from list results, however. For example, we recently studied a list within a list — the 20-company Rising Stars list within Forbes’s Cloud 100 — and here’s what we learned.

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Pitch Opp: Solutions Review 'Jams'

Solutions Review has been out there seven years and few in tech PR ever ask us about it. That may change. As consolidation wreaks its havoc on earned media, Solutions Review is emerging as a "fresh-idea" B2B publisher for the 2020s. Case in point: the jams.

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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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