We’ve decided to go ahead and publish selected slides from a presentation we made to a subscriber several weeks ago. We hesitated because some of the slides leaned toward “preachy”; subscribers typically like it when SWMS stays in its lane, delivering cheat sheets and tech media analysis.
I’m finding that a surprising number of vendors have removed or hidden the “media contact” links on their sites. They’ve been replaced by lead-snagging “bots” asking if I’d like a demo or what “digital transformation” challenges I’m facing, and generic “Contact Us” pages that may or may not lead to someone who can respond to a media request.
The average age of a WSJ reader is 59. That’s just one of many insights in this terrific piece from The Daily Beast, published this week in its gossip column. EIC Emma Tucker is said to be asking all WSJ reporters to contemplate these questions before proceeding with a story:
— Who is the target audience?
— What do they want to know?
— How can this piece broaden the WSJ audience?
— What format is best for telling this story?
Which musical artist, over the course of his still-active career, played sold out shows at both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium? Sirius/XM is broadcasting a channel celebrating his music, for “a limited time.”
From today’s TC+ Newsletter: “No one I met said they were looking for ‘thought leadership’ or scorching hot takes,” wrote TC’s contributed content gatekeeper. “Almost everyone wanted actionable advice that would help them fundraise, build and scale.”
Good guidance indeed.
Here’s how Mike Isaac presents himself. A single perfunctory paragraph doesn’t cut it anymore in a world of disinformation and synthetic, AI-generated content where no one really knows the agenda. The NYT wants to get out in front of that, especially before the 2024 elections heat up. Read the background behind this in Vanity Fair.