This month we studied guidelines from contributed content gatekeepers. Dozens and dozens of them.
After becoming a VentureBeat freelancer last month, Tim Keary wrote 41 stories in 42 days. With rare exception, the articles focused either on a product announcement or a funding round. Dozens of companies saw their news covered thoroughly — in a context useful to buyers.
“The Future of Work” affects every industry and every company. Top edit brands swarm for insights and scramble for an edge. So where are all the tech PR victories — the big hits?
A while back — OK, a long while back — a subscriber asked us to look into sponsored content. What were the trends? What was more common, one-offs or comprehensive packages? Are agencies increasingly “owning” sponsored content for their clients?
Sponsored content can be a very daunting investment (at least it was to me when I first learned about its cost) but offering target audiences a controlled message with a massive credibility boost presents a significant opportunity.
Sponsored content is a tool in the toolbox. Considering the expense, it’s smart to know exactly what one hopes to accomplish with it, and that it’s the right tool for the job. To that end, our sponsored content deep-dive spotted five prominent themes/purposes in 2021.
[SWMS contributor Rachel Odenweller writes:] Historically, few of us have thought much about data privacy, either from a personal perspective or the perspective of clients. But in 2020 privacy came into focus with several data breaches, fears of government surveillance and the continuing saga of Big Tech regulation challenges.
Recent research from Semrush, a data partner of ours, reveals the most searched societal issues based on average monthly Google searches between January 2019 and June 2023, and how they rank across 35 countries. Searches related to mental health are skyrocketing.
Says Digiday today: 40 percent of Gen Z uses TikTok or Instagram when searching for lunch recommendations. The younger you go, the tighter the grip held by platforms. Musk’s calculation that few will ever leave X might not be too far off in the long run.
Digiday granted anonymity to seven journalists working in shops that are experimenting with generative AI. “Nothing we have found is ready for prime time, at least not for serious journalism purposes,” says one, adding that “there is no way that AI results in more people being in journalism. This only can result in less.”
Some individuals said they dabble with Gen AI to find good headlines and story ideas.
The last word seemed to go to Insider EIC Nic Carlson, who said, “AI will replace, over time, journalists who refuse to use AI.”
We’ve been working on updating our CEO Profile cheat sheet and noticed that only the New York Times insists on calling these executives C.E.O.s. How stuffy. And the C.E.O.s they do cover always seem to be resigning for one reason or another. We’ll have the updated cheat sheet ready for you very soon. The FT’s ‘How To Lead’ feature appears to be in hiatus. The WSJ has some opportunity in WSJ Magazine.