Looking to break through not only the noise but the doom? The Washington Post and Forbes each have launched newsletters that package news meant to inspire. We spotted several recurring story types. Maybe you can adapt one.
Fast Company last week unveiled The Queer 50, a first-ever list of LGBTQ women and nonbinary innovators in business and tech. The idea germinated in Fall 2019, when Fast Company editors and members of Lesbians Who Tech decided informally that “it was about time a list like this existed,” recalls FC editor Julia Herbst.
Most journalists like to say that they don’t need help from a PR professional, but in my career I’ve found their assistance valuable in specific situations beyond general news requests. If you’re looking to be proactive and find areas where you can assist a journalist, these areas can be the start of establishing a relationship for future pitches and client outreach.
BuzzFeed senior technology reporter Alex Kantrowitz says he’s proud of his first book, Always Day One, published last month in hardcover and online. Always Day One explores management attitudes and techniques that keep Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft on top (Apple not so much, due to its secrecy, Alex says).
From a PR point of view, all Tier 1 TV interviews should go as well as the May 4 CNBC Jim Cramer interview of Salesforce founder Marc Benioff. Jim asked only four questions during the five-minute interview, three of which were veiled invitations for Marc to say whatever he had to say — which he did.
Attention media trainers: you’ll never see an executive “master the message” like Salesforce founder Marc Benioff did last week, live on the air, with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang and CNBC’s Jim Cramer. Marc was promoting the launch of Work.com, software designed to help employers manage health and logistics details as employees slowly come back to work.
Nothing brings PR anxiety like crickets, especially when you pitch contributed content and include the submission. Was the pitch bad? Was the piece bad, or both? Or neither! Or maybe "they just didn’t see it, so I’ll 'float it to the top of their in-box' in a day or two."
Red Hat Nation should have converged on San Francisco this week for the annual Red Hat Summit. Instead, it peered into its screens from all over the world, connecting to the first Red Hat Virtual Summit. Was the Summit worth it to Red Hat?
Conference coffee is awful, but you choke it down because there is no alternative. Likewise, a virtual conference is no substitute for the real thing. But it's all there is, so you make it work. Virtual conferences are popping up all over in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. PR people love them as a way of keeping clients connected with journalists.