SMB Pitch Opp: Mind Your Business on Sirius/XM 111

You may think of Loren Feldman as the SMB guy for Forbes, but he also hosts Mind Your Business, a weekly radio show on Sirius XM 111. Says Loren: “It definitely helps me keep learning – but that’s easy. I have a lot to learn.”

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Profile: Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic

Adrienne LaFrance, staff writer for The Atlantic covering tech, never worked in the trades. She never cranked out three stories a day. Adrienne once worked as an investigative reporter in Hawaii and reported for Boston University’s WBUR. She knows “story” crafted from the ground up.

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Inc. Wants Contributors and Invests in Them

One prominent site still on the hunt for contributors is Inc.com. Executive editor Laura Lorber oversees two full-time editors and collaborates with six others to manage the network of more than 400 experts. Inc. is not into the one-offs. They want family members.

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Contributed Content Challenges at The Next Web

It’s easy to forget that the media world — on the business side — has its share of scammers and scumbags. When publishers fight back as they should, PR pros can get caught in the crossfire. Case in point: The Next Web.

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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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Journalists are leaving media brands every week. Read the fruits of 16 confidential interviews with journalists now working at tech brands or PR agencies, and five interviews with the executives who hired these journalists.

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