Media interviews

In January Google made a change to the way it orders and ranks search results, providing some interesting insights for PRs and Publishers.  Briefly, early analysis of this update (labelled Google’s core update) indicates that articles in online publications are being given a boost in search results if they are ‘timeless pieces’ that cover topics in depth. Shorter ‘newsie’ pieces are more likely to drop down in searches once they are no longer topical.

Whenever there’s a big tech news story such as Google’s rebranding to Alphabet earlier this week, industry journalists are inundated with PRs offering comment from their clients in the hope they’ll get quoted in articles. When is it a good idea for PRs to try this approach? And when should you give it a miss?

Here’s a round-up of PR, tech and marketing articles that caught our eye online in recent days. Includes stories on how online media can suffer without Google News, the horrors that result when algorithms get it wrong and how a viral social media story has meant a dentist-come game hunter has been forced into hiring a PR agency after killing a famous lion in Zimbabwe.

If you read a newspaper (online or print) or use social media, it’s very likely you’ve come across stories about Katie Hopkins, the reality TV star-turned columnist for The Sun. She’s the one who’s made a name for herself by spouting ultra, un-politicallly correct (and downright inflammatory) views about all manner of issues that are on the current news agenda.