Substack: Influence Worth Hunting For

Add Substack to the list of platforms frustrating to PR -- Product Hunt, Stack Overflow, Reddit, Quora -- that command attention but aren't pitchable like publications. Founded in 2017, Substack is a publishing platform for indie newsletter authors. It's cool and we'll get into why, but Substack's web site is more or less a metaphorical black box.

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2019: The Pre-Holiday Notebook

Here's a selection of 2019-related links and notions you may find predictive of things to come. Explored are three cool tools that automate the creation of rough drafts, the rise of graphics at the WSJ, and the specter of global financial chaos that could transform the world of business and tech media.

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2019: Evergreen Content & SEO

A fixture in our Q4 subscriber meetings was the discussion of SEO and evergreen content. Here's how the set-up went. "Think about how much has been written about digital transformation... the many thousands of articles. Now let's go to Google, type in 'digital transformation' and let's see what ranks highest."

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2019: "Business, Society & Technology"

Before 2018 concludes, we wanted to share concepts we presented during our recent subscriber visits. We typically arrived in the conference room with 10-15 web pages tabbed up on the laptop — and we varied them from day to day. Rarely omitted: the one on "business, society and technology."

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How to Pitch Business Insider's "My First Day as a CEO"

A sharp-eyed subscriber alerted us this week to a cool, little-known Business Insider feature called “My First Day as CEO.” After a bit of sleuthing we identified the editor who oversees the franchise, and she offered us good background and pitching advice.

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Contributed Content by Membership: the Ad Age Collective

If you like the Forbes Technology Council, you'll like the newly announced Ad Age Collective. It's based on the same idea: paying an affordable annual fee for the right to publish content to a prestigious site and to enjoy additional benefits -- such as professional introductions and early-bird pricing to live events.

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Wanted: SEO-Minded AEs

There aren't too many like Kathryn Bonesteel. She has worked in PR at agencies and in-house. At other times she worked as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives, and in marketing for the Dallas Cowboys. And she's one of the sharpest pros we know when it comes to SEO and social analytics.

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Techmeme Introduces Topic Leaderboards

If you're looking for quick-and-dirty lists of top tech edit targets across 28 tech categories, you might be interested in Techmeme's new Topic Leaderboards. Created by Gabe Rivera in 2005, the original Techmeme Leaderboards tracked the clout of individual reporters and publications, and still do.

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Lindsay Ciulla on Avoiding Burnout, Building Strong Talent

I’ve previously written about managing difficult clients and maintaining profitability - two daily challenges in the life of PR leadership. While these are critical to your everyday role, there’s another key factor that will help or hurt you while juggling the work: your team.

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Notes from the Field, Nov. 29, 2018

Five weeks and 61 meetings... we learned much on our now-concluded road trip. In short, clients and agencies need to talk more. From agencies we heard questions such as, "What if the client doesn't know what their story is?", and, "They won't let us talk about that." 

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