Recent Research

SEO-Driven Traffic Spikes; Socially-Driven Traffic Tanks

Search is in, social is out. That’s one of many things we learned this week after analyzing June 2018 traffic data — provided by SimilarWeb — on 15 leading tech and business publications. We sought to show how each publication attracts and retains its audience, and more fundamentally, who’s hot and who’s not. 

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Cheat Sheet: Junior Reporters

Are junior reporters easier to persuade than senior ones? Because many subscribers think so, we've begun a Google Doc that lists tech reporters with three to five years of experience. We've got only 11 so far, but they work in big shops such as Bloomberg, WSJ and CNBC. Help us build this out.

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Why Reporters Would Cover a Survey -- and Why They Wouldn't

Tech vendors pour countless hours and dollars into surveys and ask the comms people to publicize the findings. How do you coax busy, skeptical reporters to cover these things? As we did in 2015, we asked reporters to give one reason they'd cover vendor surveys and one reason they wouldn't. Here's what they said this time.

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Cheat Sheet: Reporters Covering Augmented Reality

You may not yet have clients in the augmented reality space but that's bound to chasnge and soon. Here's a list of go-to reporters, with contact info. As you know, AR reporters often cover VR as well, so your AR news needs to be that much more special. 

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99 Newsletters To Read and Pitch

Are there more than 99 newsletters out there? Of course. But these 99 -- as presented in our fresh Google Doc -- are the ones that will matter most to you. We link to them, describe them, assess frequency and whether they're pitchable. Contributing editor Lindsay Ciulla delivered awesome research.

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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.
Fri, 2014-10-24 07:04

Maybe so, says (SWMS subscriber) Edelman's Steve Rubel. Quoted by DM News, Steve worries that if 50 percent of content is consumed... Read more

Tue, 2014-10-21 08:05

Though he is damn near synonymous with data journalism, Nate Silver is still having a hard time launching FiveThirtyEight at ESPN.... Read more

Thu, 2014-10-09 06:14

... and the headline ended with ...That May Surprise You. A great click-bait technique. Well, the things didn't surprise us and they won't surprise... Read more

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