Eight Cool Tools for Comms Pros

Continuing with our 2018 focus on tools, here's a rundown on eight of them that can help tech PR and marketing pros. Some you know, some you may not. We're always on the hunt for new tools to publicize. Please share your insights with us on SWMSTweet and in your SWMS Slack channel.

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Axios and 'Smart Brevity'

When Axios launched in 2016, its founders described its goal as “smart brevity,” or more colorfully, as “Twitter meets The Economist.” Take a look, for example, at Sara Fischer’s most recent Media Trends newsletter and you can see that Axios has succeeded. Observe the form, not necessarily the substance.

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Cool Tool: Tech4Reporters

TechCrunch editor-at-large John Biggs spoke with us last week about Tech4Reporters, a tool designed to help busy reporters understand the technology they’re writing about. It’s a tool John funded himself and he gives it away. Why? He wants journalists to have access to tech experts who don’t expect positive publicity in return for their insights.

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Here's a Sample of Entrepreneur's Monthly Newsletter to Contributors

Courtesy of insights editor Liz Webber, here's a sample of the monthly newsletter than Entrepreneur sends to its contributors. It focuses on tips and tricks and guidance from those who already do it right.

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Profile: Liz Webber, Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur has more than 800 contributors and its doors remain open. You can write occasionally or every week. Find an audience and editors will promote you from “guest writer” to “contributor” and finally to “VIP contributor” if you make the all-star team.

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SWMS Trend-Spot: B2B Editorial

Occasionally a client may ask, "What's the big picture in B2B tech editorial?" If you're lucky, that is. Usually they're waiting for your deliverables. But every now and then it helps the client-agency relationship to go have the proverbial beer and discuss what's happening in B2B edit, in the seams where it's hard to notice.

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Here's Two Must-Read Charts from Constellation Research

You might think of Dion Hinchcliffe as a ZDNet contributor, but he’s also an analyst at Constellation Research. And this month he produced a superb 34-page report for “The New C-Suite” that every B2B PR pros will enjoy reading, and can use to help build relationships with clients and reporters.

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SWMS Cheat Sheet: Which Reporters Cover Rebranding?

This might be the year one or more of your clients decide to rebrand. You could go to beat reporters who cover the company, but it's unlikely they would write about the rebranding as such. For this job you'd need a marketing-minded reporter. Here's a list of candidates, fresh as of Jan. 2018.

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SWMS Analytics Insights: Case Studies and Impact of Gating

In the SWMS piece to your right, we posited that case studies might not be worth the trouble of arranging — or writing — because few readers shared them on social. There’s more to it than that. Using the ShareableMetrics tool from ShareableMetrics the company, we’ve learned two additional things...

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SWMS Analytics Insights: Editorial Engineering

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.

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Contributed Content Gatekeepers: The Directory

-- Updated Oct. 8, 2018 -- Contributed content is becoming harder than ever to place. Our one-of-a-kind Google Doc of gatekeepers is freshly scrubbed and augmented. It's the most popular aspect of our web site. Enjoy and good luck.

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SWMS Cheat Sheet: 2018 Broadcast Producers

-- Updated Jan. 25, 2018 -- "We want broadcast in 2018!" Are you hearing that? The clients so rarely understand how difficult it is land a segment, let alone whom to pitch in the first place. Current as of Jan. 2018, here's a list of bookers and producers for a dozen of the biggest network and syndicated shows. The big names.

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