Recent Research

SWMS Deep-Dive: 13 VC Targets That Matter

Literally hundreds of reporters cover funding announcements each year. The vast majority aren't "VC" reporters; they may cover a particular vertical, a tech beat, or local businesses. When funding news happens, they bang out a story they may barely understand. These 13 VC targets get it, as well or better than your clients get it.

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Cheat Sheet: National Newspaper Tech Sections

Not exactly a target list -- more like a treasure map to the targets... here's the path to America's top 15 national newspaper tech sections, along with the email syntax for each. Tech is part of damn near everything these days, so it's valuable to monitor the sections as well as the individuals who write for them.

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Profiles: Key Elements for Reader Engagement

In our companion analysis we looked at headlines and ledes of successful profiles. In this analysis we spot key ingredients in body copy. Find a way to get these elements in front of your client before pitching. Bake this stuff into your narrative.

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Profiles: "Meet the Woman Who..." & "Meet the Man Who..."

Rarely do clients and agencies imagine the ideal headline on a compelling CEO profile. Editors always do. Thanks largely to analytics, they know what works in headlines, and what seems to work lately is “Meet the Woman Who…" and “Meet the Man Who…"

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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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Like narratives? SWMS subscriber Lou Hoffman reprises some of his greatest blog hits... Read more

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Mark has written about PR several times, with a positive POV. He... Read more

Tue, 2014-10-28 05:03

Our friend Sean Mills at Bite sent us this Twitter conversation begun by Anil Dash and joined by Kevin Ro... Read more

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