Editorial content creation
Payscale wanted to be the go-to expert on compensation, so Codeword's PR team built a media cyclone.
Adding data to the conversation
You know what reporters love? Culturally relevant data. And Payscale, a leading provider of compensation data, software and services, has a wealth of data under the uber-culturally relevant topic of equal pay. But while they had been packaging up that data into reports on hot-button compensation issues (like equal pay, remote work, and pay transparency) for years, they needed to go beyond the numbers to build a unique, industry busting thought-leadership platform. So they turned to Codeword.
Attitudes around compensation are changing. Discussing pay in the workplace was historically taboo, but a new generation of workers with different views about salaries has changed the conversation. Pay data is now available in the public domain and we’ve seen new legislation emerge requiring employees to be transparent. As companies scrambled to act, media outlets dialed up their workplace columns, launched newsletters, and hired dedicated beat reporters. The opportunity to insert Payscale’s data-driven insights in the conversation was huge, so Codeword built a strong PR engine that turned outbound outreach into tier-1 inbound opportunities.
How we did it
Codeword developed an earned media strategy that positioned Payscale as a leader in compensation management — not only for its wealth of data, but because of its actionable insights on how to navigate changes in the market. The message? Payscale is on a mission to make sustainable fair pay a reality and ensure employees are receiving equal work for equal pay.
To start, Codeword made sure Payscale’s scheduled news moments were complemented by timely stories and trends, like the implementation of state pay transparency laws, and national calendar dates like Equal Pay Day. We then infused Payscale’s data along with sharp POVs from its celebrated leadership bench into high profile media outlets, illustrating what compensation transparency can bring. Strategically placed op-eds further advanced the thought-leadership agenda.
Codeword built trusted relationships with reporters that led to a steady stream of inbound requests as they wrote stories on compensation-related issues, from inflation’s impact on pay raises to how companies should pay remote workers. This often meant mining data that isn’t publicly available, but these tactics increased both coverage volume and quality over the past year.
The largest ever media burst from a single launch moment: 830M UVMs
We launched Payscale’s Gender Pay Gap Report on Equal Pay Day after two weeks of ‘early look’ pitching. Codeword was able to insert Payscale’s data and key spokesperson into 26 pieces of tier-one coverage with Fortune, Newsweek, CNBC, Fast Company, Business Insider, Bloomberg, Fox News, Yahoo Life, Quartz, and CBS News. With more than 830M UVMs garnered, this is the largest media burst Payscale has seen from a single initiative.
Coverage as a coverage generator
Creating a splash of online coverage for Payscale’s reports helped capture the attention of broadcast producers and show hosts, leading to several on-air opportunities for Payscale’s leadership. One example: We were approached by CBS News following Payscale’s Remote Work Report, leading to Payscale’s CEO being interviewed in a dedicated 5 minute segment.
Creating consumer awareness through strategic partnerships
Our team spearheaded the consumer-side earned media component of Payscale’s Let’s Talk Fair Pay campaign, designed to give employers and employees the tools to have an informed conversation about pay. Codeword drove the placements of the company’s brand collaborations with HerMoney and Angel City Football Club through pitched placements, a Twitter Spaces event, and a live podcast on negotiating the pay you deserve. The activations raised audience awareness and drove traffic to Payscale’s salary survey, a free resource to help individuals understand if they are being paid fairly.
The workplace revolution has only just ignited. As businesses move towards organizational culture built on transparency, Codeword is continuing to position Payscale at the partner to help them, as well as their employees, navigate the important conversation of compensation.