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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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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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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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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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Pitch 'How' Headlines to Tier 1

You often ask us, "Where can I place a company profile? Who writes them?" At least in the 157 SWMS valet requests we received in Q1, rarely had PR pros considered the ‘how.’ Tier 1s such as Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company and Inc. love those “blueprint” headlines that show readers what success -- in all its aspects -- can look like.

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Introducing 'Crunchbase News'

In Jan. 2016 Alex Wilhelm left a safe, good job at TechCrunch to build a news staff at Mattermark, a startup selling access to rich data on tech startups and investors. Alex is now at rival Crunchbase on a similar mission: infusing smart analysis with numbers that prove the case.

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