Pitch requests consolidate pitch-related tasks into a single location where you can view the status of requests and pitches, and collaborate with internal and external writers to request, collect, refine, and assign content ideas for production. As a result, you run a more efficient pitch process that generates exceptional content.
Create a pitch request
- Click + on the global menu and select Pitch Request.
The Create New Pitch Request form displays.
You can also got to Request view > Pitch Requests tab and click Request Pitches.
- Fill in the form and click Create.
- Pitch Request Title – The heading of the pitch.
- Pitch Request Description – Short/Long brief regarding the pitch where the requester describes his/her requirement in the article.
- Attachments – Files relevant to the content that might help the writers to write the content.
- Topic & Keywords – Set by the requester that helps the content to search it out.
- Story Types – Article length and word counts.
- Labels – Tags that describe the content format, content pillar, journey stage and target audience of the article and etc.
- Requested By – The name of the requester with the Avatar besides.
- Watchers – All the responsible persons who are related to the content and can look into it in the absence of the requester or need updates regarding the progress of the pitch.
- Assignees – The writers who will Add pitch and also work on the article when it's approved and a task is created for it.
- Pitch Status – Until all the work is done the pitch is Open, the requester can Close it out when the pitch is ready or the task is completed.
View pitch requests
Open the Requests view and click the Pitch Requests tab to view existing pitch requests.
On the details page, you can check the Title, Description, Attachments, Topic & Keywords, Story Types, Labels, Pitch Due Date, Pitch Status, Requester, Watchers, and Assignees of the pitch.
You can review and edit your request and see all pitches submitted by your writers. Assigned writers and Admins, Content Studio Editors and Members can add their own pitches to any pitch request.
When you click on a submission, you can review the details of the pitch, read the comments thread, and add a new one of your own. After assessing the information you can choose to Approve or Decline the pitch. The creator of the pitch is notified if the approval status changes or if there is any other feedback.
If a pitch is accepted, you can start a Workflow that will prompt your writer to begin producing the new piece of content.
As a result of the pitch being accepted, a new task is created for the writer. The Task page provides the author with the capabilities to produce the content as well as all information related to its creation, completion and distribution.
You can check the Activity Log on the pitch. You can also Archive it.
You can download the pitch in .xlsx or .docx format. If you did not set a submission due date when you created a pitch request, you can stop receiving pitches by clicking Close Request. You also can Delete the pitch.
Edit options in pitch requests varies among user roles
The following table shows user role options for creating or viewing pitch requests.
- Admin – Admin users have all options enabled within pitch requests. They are able to Create, Read, Edit, Delete, Export Pitches and Close pitch requests.
- Content Studio Editor – Same as above. Similar to the Admin user's, Content Studio Editors also have the same options enabled.
- Member – Same as above. Similar to the Admin user's, Member users also have the same options enabled.
- Approver – Approver users will only have the Read option enabled.
- Contributor – Contributor users users will only have the Read option enabled.
Use custom fields with pitch requests
You can use custom fields with pitch requests to ensure that each pitch includes required information.
- Go to your avatar > Pitch Fields.
- Click the Field Type field and select the field type you want.
- Enter a Field Label and click Add new option.
- Click Save Field. Each new pitch has the custom field as part of the submission form. The custom fields are visible only when you click Add Pitch in an already created pitch request.
Create a pitch request from Idea Lab
Idea Lab uses SEO, social, and share of voice data to provide recommendations on topics that will resonate with your audience and help drive organic traffic to your hub. You can save research in Notepad and create pitch requests directly from within Idea Lab by completing the following steps:
- Open Idea Lab view.
- Click Add to Notepad to the left of each keyword.
- You can select multiple keywords to add them to the Notepad.
- From Notepad, select the keywords then select Start > Pitch Request.
- After clicking the Pitch Request, the Create a New Pitch form displays where the keywords are imported automatically.
- You can then enter the necessary details and create the pitch.
View pitch activity log
The Pitch Activity Log keeps track of changes made to the following activities:
- Changes to the title of the pitch
- Changes to the description of the pitch
- Changes to labels and custom fields
- Changes to attachments
- Go to Requests > Pitch Requests.
- Select a pitch request.
- Select a pitch from the list.
- Click Activity Log.