Media brands are hustling to build “community” and that trend will continue in 2021. Since executives can’t belong to them all, which one is best and by what measure? Based on attending and covering the 2nd annual summit late last month, we might suggest giving the CNBC Technology Executive Council a close look.
CNBC anchor Jon Fortt applies his 20-20 vision to the state of tech journalism in this 194-word insight about “what happened” and “what’s missing.” Jon’s contribution is a companion piece to our coverage of Jason Calacanis’s Jul. 7 appearance on CNBC.
Are you struggling to interest Tier 1 reporters in lesser-known clients? So is Jason Calacanis. The former journalist and well-known investor and podcaster sounded off Jul. 7 to CNBC’s Jon Fortt and two other hosts about the trouble he and other VCs have had in breaking through — especially to the New York Times.
The top ten companies gracing this year’s CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list received scant Tier 1 coverage during the previous 12 months. Based on SWMS research, the coverage that companies did receive was overwhelmingly from verticals. We did see three flattering profiles, worth deconstructing to see the elements they required.
From a PR point of view, all Tier 1 TV interviews should go as well as the May 4 CNBC Jim Cramer interview of Salesforce founder Marc Benioff. Jim asked only four questions during the five-minute interview, three of which were veiled invitations for Marc to say whatever he had to say — which he did.
Ketchum SAE Michael Porter writes: “I recently attended a PRSA event centered on best practices for working with consumer tech media, which featured commentary from CNBC’s Kif Leswing, Business Insider’s Megan Hernbroth, and ABC7’s Mariel Myers (who was with CNET at the time of the event)…
Highwire SAE Ben Wolfson writes: “I recently attended a media panel with three of the top enterprise tech reporters in the Bay Area. Business Insider’s Becky Peterson, Bloomberg’s Nico Grant and CNBC’s Ari Levy shared what moves the needle for them.”
Terrific interview in Press Gazette UK with Dow Jones CEO and WSJ publisher Almar Latour. Revenue and earnings are up — 80 percent comes from digital. Advertising revenue was down slightly, but subscriptions are strong and growing. Almar was quite generous in his advice to competitors — “differentiate,” he says.
A survey fielded Nov. 27 asked how much (or how little) subscribers would pay for The Economist’s subscriber-only podcasts and newsletters, as well as its digital edition and a digital-print bundle. The survey strategy is brilliant: what if the publication charges too much, or worse, too little? Clearly, the publication is contemplating pricing changes and wants to maximize revenue.
“You can read us first, or read them later,” says The Information in a new advertising campaign. You will not see a better way to call attention to excellent editorial.
What a good idea — and lucrative too. Fortune launches a list of the biggest companies in Europe by revenue. Can the Fortune 500 Asia be far behind?
The FT has a cool scoop about Hunterbrook, a new kind of investment firm. Guided in part by former WSJ EIC Matt Murray, Hunterbrook’s business model is part investment firm, part publisher. The investment side of the house drives a (theoretically) market-moving business deal, while the publishing side of the house — comprised of veteran business reporters and analysts — works alongside under NDA. At the very moment the deal is announced, the editorial side publishes the article, moving the market and giving Hunterbrook first-mover advantage. It’s all legal. though leaks could pose a moral hazard.