Contributed Content: Copy Tips

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.

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IDG Lays Off 93 in Historic Cut

IDG Communications yesterday laid off 93 employees, mostly in US-based editorial. It was the largest layoff in IDG’s 53-year history. Says IDG CMO Josh London in an email: “This was a difficult decision for the company, but we are grateful to those colleagues whose roles have been affected for their many contributions to IDG.”

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Our Antidote to VR Hype

There’s a certain fatigue about VR these days. It’s here and it isn’t. It’s 30 years old and brand new. What's the truth? Just as health tech and fintech finally got here, so will VR, AR and MR. For comms pros, as we said last month, it's smart to read up and prepare. But there's far to go.

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Backdoor Pitch Opp: VB Live!

Here’s a backdoor pitch opp for you — VentureBeat’s VB Live webinar series. “It’s about 80 percent edit-driven,” says VB webinar manager Wendy Schuchart. The subject matter is the same mixture of tech trends and VC-minded advice that you see on the main VentureBeat web site.

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Profile: Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

Alexis Madrigal is back at The Atlantic after 30 months at Fusion. He’ll be covering “technology, science, business and trade,” which for PR pros may sound more promising than it is. Alexis has returned to explore the role of technology in global trade. This in theory includes supply chains, SaaS and the usual B2B suspects.

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Introducing Futuriom, an Enterprise B2B Analysis Firm

Add Scott Raynovich to your list of pitchable enterprise tech influencers. This month Scott launched Futuriom, a consultancy focused on “companies and technologies that…will provide the most growth over the next decade, including artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and cybersecurity.”

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HuffPost: Under Construction

When was the last time PR pros swarmed the Huffington Post? We’re guessing about a year ago, when it threw its contributed-content doors wide open. In any case, after 12 successful years, the Huffington Post is no more. Its owner, Verizon, this week renamed it “HuffPost.”

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SWMS Deep-Dive: Fintech

“Whose ox will be gored by this?” That’s what EICs often ask reporters when their hot trend pitch seems a little too frothy. Fintech stories always passed this test. Robo-advisors will nuke the brokers! Bitcoin will sink the banks! So will the online lenders!

Those days are over.

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Christina Farr's Next Stop: CNBC

No one moves like Christina Farr. In less than five years she has reported for VentureBeat, KQED, Reuters, Fast Company and as of last month, CNBC. Healthcare became her specialty during that time, and her expertise showed this week on The Today Show, on which she appeared to discuss her scoop about Apple.

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Profile: Jaikumar Vijayan, freelancer

Here’s what tech freelancer Jaikumar Vijayan has to say about PR pitches. “They are a lot better than they used to be. In fact, I’d say about 70 percent of the pitches I get are great ones. They are succinct. They get to the point. They summarize what it’s all about.”

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AR/VR: Shapes of Things to Come

The first company to sell virtual reality (VR) goggles and gloves, VPL Research Inc., was founded in 1985. How, then, can VR still be seen as an emerging technology? If you’ve ever applied a filter in Snapchat — and who hasn’t? — you’ve used augmented reality (AR). Why does AR seem so exotic?

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