Exclusive article placed in Wall Street Journal

Delivered the exact headline leadership wanted to see in Forbes

Exclusive article Penetrated priority IT trade, SD Times

Secure Top-Tier Coverage of M&A to Increase Mindshare of Quick Base’s Product Differentiation

Quick Base, a low-code platform designed to empower “citizen developers” across the enterprise, approached ARPR to own media strategy and execution for an upcoming M&A of significant importance. With competition in low-code heating up from companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Google, Quick Base’s strategic acquisition of Bulgaria-based Cloudpipes was intended to reinforce its market leadership, accentuate its automation and integration differentiators and promote additional key messages of importance. As a secondary objective, ARPR was also tasked with securing interest and interviews with illusive beat reporters who regularly write about Quick Base’s competitors, but who had yet to cover Quick Base.

Employ an Embargo Strategy to Pre-Seed Interest with Top-Tier Media

ARPR recommended a media relations strategy highlighted by the pursuit of an exclusive article in The Wall Street Journal, which was identified as the primary publication because of its history in covering Quick Base’s own acquisition by Vista Equity Partners, one of the country’s top private equity firms. 

To secure interest, ARPR targeted the same WSJ reporter who had previously spoken with Quick Base by offering her an exclusive interview with CEO Rick Willett for a follow-up story – to which she quickly accepted. 

Further, ARPR identified a targeted set of M&A reporters for embargoed outreach to tee-up day-of coverage following the publication of the WSJ exclusive. Our list included prominent IT beat reporters at Forbes and SD Times who had written about competitors but had yet to cover Quick Base. Additionally, the ARPR team also developed tailored pitch angles to secure downstream coverage in local and trade publications.

Feature Coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, SD Times and More

The resulting Wall Street Journal exclusive featured desired key messaging about Quick Base’s accelerated product roadmap, designed to transform the company into a first-of-its-kind enterprise platform – a key point for Quick Base’s core buyer persona.  In addition, ARPR secured coverage with Forbes and SD Times reporters who regularly cover competitors but had yet to mention Quick Base, fulfilling another key objective. The title of the Forbes piece – “Because Low-code Needs An Integration X-Factor” – included strategic messaging in line with ideal headlines envisioned by Quick Base’s CMO (i.e., “Boom. This is exactly the headline I wanted to see.”).   Furthermore, several key M&A targets including Fortune Term Sheet, Mergers & Acquisitions and The Deal  covered the news for a total of more than a dozen placements.  In total, media coverage was syndicated more than 450 times on social channels, further amplifying the story’s reach while also driving more than 150 qualified referrals to Quick Base’s website. Finally, the success of this project led to Quick Base retaining ARPR as its agency of record.

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