Contributed content is tougher than ever to place. Sites that used to accept it no longer do. Getting the writing right is the least of it -- but it's where to start. In this SWMS deep-dive, we’ll be prescriptive and touch upon basics you may know but your clients may not. It can be scary to “manage up” but preventing problems is always easier than solving them.
Looking for a fresh approach for story pitches, contributed content and client media? Try predictions. They're not just for December anymore. According to Google Trends, interest in predictions as a "media genre" has never been higher. Forbes's 2016 prediction articles drew three times as many readers than the Forbes average.
With CES a month away, we asked veteran tech journalists, "if you could wave a magic wand and change the experience of covering CES, what exactly would you change?" We got more than our share of throwaway answers. We also got plenty of earnest answers that might help make a PR pro's Vegas experience more successful.
"I'm not really a grumpy journalist," says Forbes contributor Adrian Bridgwater. "I just play one on Twitter." The ambiguity suits Adrian well. Though he's most associated with Forbes, where he writes ten to 12 posts a month on enterprise appdev and data management, Adrian writes almost as often (about open source) for Computer Weekly, a TechTarget site.
SMB edit got a boost this month with the launch of a site produced by an unlikely source -- CBS. Called CBS Small Business Pulse or Pulse for short, the site is a roll-up of SMB-related content produced by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio. Also contributing content are CBS News, CBS Interactive (CNET, ZDNet, TechRepublic) and CBS-owned Simon & Schuster.
If you're a PR pro under 30, know that Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols was writing about technology before you were born. That doesn't make Steven unpitchable -- but it does make him impervious to clerk-y PR razzle-dazzle. We'll spare you the full measure of his PR laments, except that "it's kind of frightening" to him that "even the big PR firms... throw the "recent [college] graduates" into the deep end, pitching stories they don't fully understand.
All reporters work under the gun, but none more so than security reporters. Why? Legions of independent blogger-analysts -- often more technical than the reporters they criticize -- stand ready to find fault. Typical charges: getting the facts wrong, or burying them for the sake of dramatizing the story.