Instead of using tote bags, tickets to live events, or other swag, The Guardian‘s membership program has grown to 800,000 supporters a year and a half after doubling down on its membership initiative. The key? A shift from a commercially focused plea to an emotional, service-based request, the two women leading the effort said.
“When it comes to Twittering for The Post, our senior editors should know beforehand if a reporter plans to Twitter or otherwise live-blog something she is covering.”That 2009 quote, from former Washington Post executive editor Marcus Braucheli, illustrates how…differently social media was treated in newsrooms back in the day. (And yes, I mean just eight years ago.)
It’s been five years since the daily Skimm email made itself part of the wakeup routine of — now — more than 6 million largely female readers. (Yes, that subscriber number has quadrupled since we wrote about the company a little over two years ago.) And it’s a year and a half since theSkimm app asked users to pay for convenience — not necessarily content. Now, theSkimm (henceforth: The Skimm)’s cofounders, Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin , have spread the company’s product reach even farther.
“Our marketing colleagues are used to using one line [pitches] to advertise membership. The longer appeal resonates with people more. We need to explain to people why we are pursuing this approach.” My latest @NiemanLab: https://t.co/ZCIebwcDfV
"One top male agency executive, when asked if this culture promotes harassment, responded ... with a video of a Cannes beach party hosted by a production company, featuring a dance floor filled with gyrating couples. 'Does this answer your question?'" https://t.co/uXCNhjfR4n
@NiemanLab I'm biased because I work here now, but the @GoogleNewsLab fellowship was an A+ boot camp in learning about the "future of news." DM if you have questions about the process from my perspective! (disclaimer I have no decision-making say)
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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