Tech PR and marketing for fast growth firms

topagenciesforbadgesTechnology companies are different—and their pursuit of attention has to be different too.

Our Tech PR Practice, led by Jean-Luc van Hulst who founded and sold a successful tech firm himself, is informed by deep experience with companies at all stages of development.

We’ve been recognized by HubSpot as among the Top 10 Agencies for Startups.

Your public relations should be as unique as you are

It always takes a particular combination to connect your story to sales.  There are no “smart, cookie cutter” approaches.

To give you a sense of our tech PR practice, let me tell you a story.george yu in the office

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.

Meanwhile, tireless and inspiring, 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.

New York Times and Forbes (and now  Yahoo!)  tech writer 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. (Now I can pay you, he commented.)   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.) George-Yu-with-NODE-forehead Two of George’s Write2Market 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.

Don’t believe in press releases too much.

Twitter’s great, but it can’t take care of your bottom line, no matter how well done. Content marketing? Sure it matters–and we have a strategic approach that builds results.

But basically, you can forget tricks–tech marketing has no 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.