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Media's New Games: Attention, Engagement

In simpler times, consumer titles, business titles, trades and verticals comprised the entirety of media. Editors and publishers researched their audience and served it. Today a subtler framework is emerging that over time will change how PR shapes pitches and woos influencers. Successful publishers today produce either attention products or engagement products -- or both in tandem.

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Tier 1 Pitching Secrets

We've never seen PR pros more pressured to deliver "Tier 1" business coverage than we did this year. Not to pander, but we know how difficult this can be: clients rarely give you what you need. Often, though -- and as we see in the skyrocketing number of SWMS valet requests -- PR pros often spend too much time finding targets for an idea that's weak in the first place.

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Fresh tips from contributed content chiefs; LinkedIn's "My Best Career Mistake"

Placing contributed content is never easy. A Publicity Club of New York luncheon panel last week reminded us why.

"The best submissions," explained Business Insider managing editor Jessica Liebmann, "have a ton of voice, are counter-intuitive, argue a point no one else is arguing, and are written in the tone of our site. The piece needs to be conversational -- how would you tell a friend about whatever you're talking about?"

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SWMS: Jordan Robertson, Nicole Perlroth, Joseph Menn

 Three top security reporters, from Bloomberg, Reuters and the New York Times, shared insights last night at a symposium hosted by The Bateman Group in San Francisco.

Among our takeaways:

* PR should beware of "beat creep" -- all three "security" reporters write about much more than security

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SWMS Alert: Bloomberg/Reuters Thought Leadership

Interested in new thought leadership opportunities? Look at Bloomberg and Reuters.

Both recently hired new op-ed chiefs – David Shipley (Bloomberg) and James Ledbetter (Reuters). Their mission: build thought leadership that influences politics and society. The good news for PR: both Shipley and Ledbetter are tech-savvy and know very well what you’re talking about.

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