It’s not all about record-breaking IPOs and SPACs. We’re still seeing a wave of mile-high funding rounds. Plus the media environment is getting more competitive. This has an immediate effect on tech PR strategies.
So, your company raised a round and is ready tell the world about it—now what?
Bring in your communications team early. The more time we have to think, develop assets, strategize and prepare, the better the outcome. It’s okay to move quickly—that’s your competitive advantage to disrupt a market or take on larger companies who move more slowly—just make sure to balance speed with substance.
What’s interesting besides your latest funding round? With more VCs and the flow of funding like never before, you need to tell a bigger story about who you are, what you’re doing differently and why it’s solving an existing problem. Do you have a unique founding story? Or an anecdote that would give people an inside look at your company culture? If not, tie your company’s momentum to a real-life issue that is already getting substantial media coverage. Reporters want stories with a human and relatable hook.
A lot of B2B tech is the backend plumbing that delights us with two-day shipping, immediate money transfers and endless content for binge-watching. But now, more than ever, the media is less interested in what a technology does versus what it enables. How does your company’s tech impact its customers’ bottom lines? Lead with that.
Share statistics to support the business story such as number of users or downloads. Most reporters will be happy to hear about some combination of revenue range, percentage of revenue growth, number of customer or partner logos, growing average recurring revenue, or the like to effectively communicate that there’s a successful business behind your technology.
Confirm that the C-suite, finance and marketing teams are all in agreement on what you’re planning to disclose. As a private company the choice is entirely yours; just make sure whatever you say is accurate and consistent.
Journalists are approaching funding news with more skepticism and selectivity than ever. There’s simply not enough of them to cover every round raised even if it’s a cool company. ICYMI: The U.S. venture capital community poured over $130 billion into startups in 2020, a 14% increase from 2019. Breaking through in a sea of $100M+ funding rounds is difficult.
Contact the media as far in advance as possible, as more runway allows flexibility on both sides. There are two main approaches: an exclusive strategy and a wide embargoed strategy.
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Ed Harrison oversees Inkhouse’s growth in the eastern U.S., including Boston and New York, building company culture and ensuring client-service excellence while helping drive the agency’s expansion into new markets and geographies.