The Lifecycle of a Media Relations Pitch

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2006 Stuttgart uploaded by magnetisch Based on the popularity of the last post , I’m linking to a presentation outlining the lifecycle of a media relations pitch.

Creative Use of ProfNet Gets Ink

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NEW YORK, NY—December 19, 2006—The Morris + King Company (MKC), one of the country’s most innovative and accomplished public relations and integrated marketing firms, today issued the first-ever “Best ProfNet Queries of the Year” list. Nov 17, 2006 05:00 PM 1.

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Strike Three: Adam Mazur of Rubenstein PR is OUTed for the “Who Cares” Pitches

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Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 4:05:18 PM Subject: TRUMP MORTGAGE EXPERT AVAILABLE TO COMMENT ON WALL STREET''S "MORTGAGE OF CHOICE" NEGATIVE AMORTIZATION PRODUCT MAY BE “MORTGAGE OF CHOICE” FOR WALL STREET THIS YEAR - This one really made my pants tight.

Cut & Paste PR Spam

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OK folks. Those who know me personally will represent and tell you that I am not a mean-spirited person. But wtf is this crap? Here''s some PR spam I received this afternoon.

The Insecurity Blanket Pitch

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BTW, this is the follow-up after I ignored his original message.” -- From: PR GUY Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 8:17 PM To: SHEL Subject: Re: CLIENT podcast Sorry. Our first episode premiered on February 15th, 2006, and was downloaded over 2000 times.

Bad Pitches? Do Less & More in 2007

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New Year’s resolutions are crap. It takes more than a new calendar and blind optimism to make a change in your life. But the Bad Pitch blog tries to provide timely, relevant content.

Bad Pitch Book Review: Can We Do That?!

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Just finished reading Peter Shankman’s book, Can We Do That?! It covers a lot of ground from PR basics, media relations and events to creative thinking, crisis communications and account management. Shankman’s conversational style makes it an easy read (no small feat for non-fiction).

Brand Dysfunction

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It''s not our thing to make fun of folks, but heck it''s Christmas so I say, let''s do it! Ed Begley is an ok actor and I liked him on St. Elsewhere, he was craggy good as the hairdresser and Ruth''s love interest on Six Feet Under.

Who Pitched Christmas?

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Slick here. On behalf of the Bad Pitch Blog, I want to wish you and yours all the best during this holiday season. I’m all about the c-word and the 3 ho’s. These guys are a bit more politically correct. Anyways, they tell me I’ll be working over the break, but who knows.

Hot Babes with Leather Balls and Cool Bookies

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From: Charlie Bernard Sent: Friday, July 07, 2006 10:32 AM To: ANONYMOUS Subject: Story Idea Hello NAME , Are You Ready For Hot Women, Gambling, and Football?!?!?!?! We were dealt into the next bad pitch by an anonymous member of the news media.

Is Your Swag Lipstick on a Pig?

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Yeah, we’ve been quiet. It’s the holiday season, get used to it. As we sift through the backlog of media relations atrocities sent to us, we submit this true story.

Oxfam’s Social Media Relations Raise Awareness and Funds

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Instead the Gold Group helped Oxfam capitalize on a unique donation from actress Keira Knightley—a Vera Wang dress she wore to the 2006 Oscars. Just when you thought we were all Bad, here''s Glinda the Good Pitch. Glinda is a badge of honor bestowed on some of the good pitches we get.

The Spectre of Doom Pitch

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Subject: Kiefer Sutherland foils terror plot at shopping mall From: SENIOR AE To: SENIOR AE Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2006 6:11 PM The most recent episode of "24" on FOX had terrorists releasing nerve gas into the ventilation system of a fictional shopping mall.

“Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics”

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We’re invoking the above, oft-used quote to set the stage for two doozies. Both news releases show how research sells the story— regardless of whether or not that story is news. American Idol" fans do not idly cast their votes.

Much Ado About Nothing

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With apologies to The Bard , set your microscope on hella-small as we examine the lamest part of most any news release—the boilerplate. The Bulldog Reporter defines boilerplate as “text that is reused, as at the end of a news release or in a legal document.

Steamroller PR: A Psychological Profile

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They say sled dogs will run until they drop if you let them. Hunger, pain and other warning signals can fall silent as the desire to run is built into their DNA. A special group of PR people are an odd cousin to the sled dog.

Picture This Bad Pitch

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In a short period of time, the Bad Pitch blog has seen a lot of crappy media relations. But this is a first—a pitch so bad the reporter outed it on Flickr. Not sure what Flickr is? No cookie for you. There are plenty of ways Flickr can keep your PR skills sharp. Check it out.

Good Pitches, Social Media bring Chevy Success

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We knew Glinda would be back as soon as we glanced at this pitch from The McGinn Group’s Nellie Lide. Subject: chevy''s trying more co-creation Kevin- Some lucky (and talented) Gen Yers will create Chevy’s 2007 Super Bowl Ad. Here’s the blogger press release: [link].

10 Award-Winning Hacks

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Back in May, my PRSA chapter judged another chapter’s annual awards program. Fifteen binder-stuffed boxes were sent for our review. Spending time with one of those BIG boxes inspired some ideas on how to improve award entries.

The Bare Ass Booze Pitch

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Nudity and liquor seem like a sure-fire combo to get the media’s attention. After all, this headline got your attention. But sometimes PR people can over share on behalf of their clients. This is one of those times.

A News Release is NOT a Pitch!

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Poynter’s Amy Gahran will delete any unsolicited news releases sent to her, labeling them as spam. Techdirt also joins the discussion with reference to Valleywag’s snarky ire for Tech PR''s approach to media relations. You should read the comments at all of these posts.

The "From Russia with Love" Pitch

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From: EMAIL Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 9:22 AM To: PHIL Subject: Traditional Dating Sites Overshadowed.- Phil Gomes is a busy man. In between his new group blog, Talkshop , and the earSHOT podcast for Edelman, he spoke at last week’s New Comm Forum.

Bad Pitch Blog World Tour

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OK, we have more geographic reach online than off, but Richard and I are out and about spreading the good word about bad pitches and wanted to let you know the details. Cue the ad. This morning I’m in Chicago presenting at Ragan’s 10th Annual Strategic Public Relations Conference.

MAYO Responds to Slick

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The Bad Pitch blog received its first response from someone it outed. We’ve outed eight offenders since starting this party nine months ago. MAYO is the first to engage in the conversation around their Slick-worthy pitches. We always email the guilty parties when we award them a badge of dishonor.

Strike Three: MAYO Communications is OUTed for Auto Pilot PR

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Hold the MAYO. Oh, wait. You can’t hold it, or stop it. Asking MAYO to stop sending you pitches news releases doesn’t work. After a request to stop, MAYO still sends bad pitches news releases to Blake Barbera. Barbera left the PR industry four months ago to pursue another career.

Media Relations Angst in August?

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We received a question from a reader we’ll refer to as Nonplussed. Nonplussed is pitching for a couple of clients to trade, business and consumer media and experiencing a dramatic dip in August coverage.

The Debbie Does Data Pitch

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Ziff-Davis TechTarget exec, journalist and blogger Sean Gallagher sent us a pitch with a subject line that sinks to a new low. Sean notes: "This subject line almost automatically destined the pitch it was attached to for my spam bucket. But like a rubber-necker passing a car crash, I had to look."

Snakes On A Soapbox

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I knew that would get your attention. Last year the phrase was “couch jumping,” alluding to did you go off the deep end? This time it’s “Anakes On A Plane,” meaning have you hyped a new product on a blog or a vlog and did it totally screw with corporate expectations?

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10 Reporter Hacks

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Pardon the pun, but the Bad Pitch blog is pleased to bring you 10 tips to improving your approach to media relations. Now let’s be clear—the biggest media relations mistake people make is not taking the time to do their homework. This list is NOT a short cut to good media relations.

From Pitch to Pink Slip…Bad Pitches Equal Unemployment

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Pitches seem to be reaching an all-time low. It’s getting so bad that two people recently lost their jobs over pitches they distributed. Gawker tells us of a racist pitch so misguided that its sender is lucky if unemployment is the only consequence of her actions.

Uh Timing Uh Uh Uh Is Everything

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Melinda, Bill and Warren announce to the world they are ganging up on all the vaccines in the world. It''s really pretty wonderful. You get the feeling there is no spin there and from BPB to them, we say Mazel Tov.

Sony Is Really Pushing It

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Racism is a hard one to pass up, and so the Bad Pitch Blog was taken aback by friends who sent the awful Sony PlayStation ad we can''t seem to stop looking at. Oh no. It worked. See picture.) The ad got us to stare. But then again, what do you expect?

Greenpeace Screws the Pooch

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Sam, the world’s ugliest dog and Greenpeace’s new, temporary and completely unofficial mascot. No one’s perfect. Typos happen to all of us… especially even the BPB. But the Philadelphia Inquirer brings us a really ugly and embarrassing typo committed by Greenpeace.

A Good Pitch to Business 2.0’s Blog

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Spoke to a Xavier University communications class a few weeks back. Energizing a room of collegiates, late into a beautiful afternoon, is no small feat. But I only detected one person sleeping. We discussed the media relations lifecycle, briefly touching on blogs and how to pitch them—if at all.

Strike Three: Jackie Zima of Gregory FCA Communications is OUT-ed

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This pitch from Jackie Zima of Gregory FCA Communications stinks so bad it was singled out by five media outlets including the Philadelphia Inquirer, PR Week and the New York Daily News. The multiple sources sending it our way did so within minutes of each other.

Agency PR Shows its Pride

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In just 10 days, 50 public relations professionals have signed the Bad Pitch petition to show their pride in the public relations industry. From Canada’s BC to Australia’s GC , pros from around the world are stopping by and signing up.

“Mommy, We Get Dead Pitches”

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Dying to get ink? Unless you work for a funeral home, casket manufacturer or some other rare exceptions , death is NOT a tie-in to your story.

PR Industry: Stand & Be Counted

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We''ve come a long way from 1917 propaganda to today''s authentic, transparent conversations. But we''re using James Montgomery Flagg''s handiwork to rally our industry together and demonstrate our pride in public relations.**

A Good, Shady Pitch

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Just in time for the weekend, we bring you a good pitch for ParkerGrace sunglasses. The following note garnered placements with VH1, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman''s Day and Life & Style Weekly. Subject: A Shady Pitch Hi, FIRSTNAME.

Tom Foremski is Wrong

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The news release is dead…here we go again. The latest swing of the hammer comes from Silicon Valley Watcher’s Tom Foremski in his article Die! Press release! It has elicited more discussion on the tired topic and more Google Juice than an A-Lister''s link blog. Well the Bad Pitch Blog disagrees.