G2’s contributed content guidelines are refreshingly explicit and perhaps a bit demanding — you really need to know your SEO. Still, it’s worth it: submitting to G2 may land you a surprisingly effective hit while revealing how trade editors see their jobs these days.
A fixture in our Q4 subscriber meetings was the discussion of SEO and evergreen content. Here’s how the set-up went. “Think about how much has been written about digital transformation… the many thousands of articles. Now let’s go to Google, type in ‘digital transformation’ and let’s see what ranks highest.”
There aren’t too many like Kathryn Bonesteel. She has worked in PR at agencies and in-house. At other times she worked as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives, and in marketing for the Dallas Cowboys. And she’s one of the sharpest pros we know when it comes to SEO and social analytics.
In the increasingly metricized world of PR, a widely shared hit is the best kind. And a tool from ShareableMetrics makes it a breeze to see whose work is resonating socially. SWMS spent time this week and learned a lot with this two-year-old tool, which happens to be named ShareableMetrics, just like the company.
So much left over from the deep-dive… TikTok traffic to news interviews tends to be low, even with CEOs such as Andy Jassy… same with breaking news footage of an airplane on fire in the sky, or raging flood waters. But Stanley Cups? Off the chart.
From the UK-based Press Gazette daily newsletter, Feb. 7: “Meta made $135bn in revenue last year. In the UK alone it made more in advertising than every UK publisher (print and online) combined.”
A metaphor might be, in the old days, if you wanted to buy a car, you had to buy it from a “car” company, be it GM, Ford, Chrysler or American Motors. Now you can import your vehicles from several countries, or just Uber everywhere.
Similarly, the publishing business is now fully disrupted. You are no longer forced to advertise with “publishers,” and ever larger numbers of advertisers do not.
The FT has detail on a collaboration between Microsoft and Semafor. Microsoft will prove Semafor with AI technology that will help Semafor spot timely news and analysis written in any language around the world, and (b) assemble it in a newsfeed to run on the Semafor site. The newsfeed will be branded as “Signals.” Said Semafor co-founder Ben Smith to the FT: “Signals will be written entirely by journalists, with artificial intelligence providing a research tool to inform posts.”
Brad Stone is now editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, for which he was a senior writer from 2010 to 2015. Succeeding Brad as Bloomberg’s executive editor of global technology is none other than Brad’s trusted colleague for so many years, Tom Giles. Expect no substantive changes in either shop.
Tweets former TechCrunch reporter Catherine Shu: “I’m available for journalism and PR/comms work.”