Our Tech Public Relations Practice, led by Jean-Luc van Hulst, is informed by deep experience with companies at all stages of development. Jean-Luc was a technical founder who launched and built a multinational software firm, took on investors, and exited in 2010 to join our team. Since then, we’ve been recognized by HubSpot as among the Top 10 Agencies for Startups.
Technology public relations connects your stories to sales
Entrepreneur George Yu dropped by our office with a big dream on a Friday around lunch. He showed us the Bluetooth sensor platform he’d invented—and machined in his Chattanooga lab after an angel round from CRF.
Our team leaned in, learning the tech, twirling the accelerometer. Time stood still, but we got hungry and sent someone for burritos.
George painted his vision of being the world’s sensor platform. He shared that before that world could happen, he needed some customers for Christmas–which was three weeks away. We worked on a message and position right then about why George’s system mattered.
Burrito-stained fingers signed the contract to bring our team on his team. One of our people started dialing, trying to set up opportunities in the precious few days left before Christmas. Editors in New York were chillier than usual–it was blizzard season and hard to find anyone in the office.
One week later, winter ice squeaking under their sneakers, George and a Write2Marketeer braved their way to one of the top gadget/technology writers in the US, who was sitting out the storm in his home. It was another frigid stop on a Media Tour we organized in just a few days.
David Pogue’s kind commentary on NODE was instrumental in propelling it to the top of the FORBES Christmas gadget list, and George had his best December (and January) ever. A shot in the arm is one thing, but Variable Technology, just like your company, needs regular recurring revenue.
Even while the product is in development, people have to get paid. So just a few weeks later, we crashed CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. (Our tech PR team is a regular at CES–here are some tips.)
Two of George’s Write2Market tech PR team worked day and night alongside the Variable Tech team in Vegas, turning in over 30 global media interviews.
Forbes called NODE among the “Best of CES,” and NBC, CNN Money and Engadget put George on TV. Sales? Oh yes, January was a record month too for revenue. And not bad for shaking a few venture types from the bushes, either. George’s story continues. As we help tell his story, we use all the timeless tools message and position crafting, real media connections, and storytelling.
Erase what you’ve been told about tech public relations
A lot of it is outdated anyway. (See our recent article in Marketing Profs on using public relations to connect tech companies to sales.)Don’t believe in press releases too much.
Content marketing? Sure it matters–and we have a strategic approach that builds results.
But basically, you can forget tricks–technology public relations has few tricks and it simply takes time, hard work, experience and understanding.
If you want relentless energy, experience and commitment to bring your company more customers—the kind of passion that can take you from angel to acquisition—we’re the right firm for you.
We don’t call it public relations. We call it creating recognizable industry leadership.
Let’s start a conversation at one of our upcoming events–or just pick up the phone and talk to us at 404-900-7722.