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Waxing UnLyrical

And I also recalled how I might never have actually started that journey had it not been for Kami Huyse asking me to guest blog for her back in 2008. We’d stayed in touch, and met up again in 2008 at that year’s PRSA International Conference.

Guilty by PR Association: 86% of Financial Services Pros Say 2008 Still Impacts Reps

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Category: Flack Me Summary: Nearly a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, many financial services companies are still feeling its impact when it comes to reputation, according to new research from integrated communications firm Makovsky, which recently released its 2016 Wall Street Reputation Study.

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Insane Hack on Flack Action

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From: FLACK@anagency.com Subject: Urgent To: HACK1@yahoo.com Date: Thursday, July 31, 2008, 2:42 PM HACK1, It has come to my attention that you and HACK2 have promised stories to both HOTEL1 and HOTEL2, neither which have seen the results of the stays they provided.

Help a Reporter Out and Bad Pitch Blog? OMG we’re like BFF!

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The posts are from 2007 and 2008 so it looks like the content here is getting better. Peter Shankman and I spoke to a sliver of HARO’s near 30,000 members yesterday about better media relations.

We're baaack!

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As a result, we have not been able to post to the blog since Monday, August 4, 2008. Did you miss us? It''s been more than two weeks since we posted here. What can we say, the dog ate our password.

Do you send e-mail or FAIL-mail?

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Just got an e-mail as a follow-up to one sent to me yesterday. Evidently I cover Anime**. And evidently I fall into one of the gajillion email groups this person created for contacting Anime media. Both emails list the following groups in the TO: field. I''ve bolded my favorites.

It's a Boner!

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Pet parents have until September 18, 2008 to enter. Hi everyone. Happy April. This has been sitting in my in-box for a while and I just had to post it. It’s too funny. See, everyone is so INTO the registered-trademark on their name, it’s like ® and ™ are now part of the vernacular.

And They Say Reporters Don’t Care…

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The NY Time s’ Saul Hansell dropped us a line about bad pitches recently. Of course we had to share: - My biggest problem with pitches is that at least half the ones I get, I can''t understand what the company does or what the pitch is about.

How This All Got Started*

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We were cleaning out the archives and found our back story –- how the Bad Pitch blog was born.

Really?!

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We''re sorting through tons of mail and we have some decent posts brewing. But today was noteworthy as one pitch in particular made the rounds. It was not the only bad pitch out there. But as I reviewed it I was inspired to single it out and pay homage to the SNL skit Really?! with Seth and Amy.

Glinda the Good Pitch is Back! (Thanks to Carol Blymire)

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We’re all about pitches, good and bad. To prove it, we created Glinda the Good Pitch back in the day. But our badge of dishonor Slick has always gotten more air time. It’s a simple case of supply and demand folks. So we were ecstatic when we started receiving emails from Carol Blymire.

Why Do PR People Bother With Insolent Clients? I Mean, Really

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I know what you’re thinking: Here he goes, another high-powered PR exec complaining about crappy customers. Guess what? That’s what this is. I’ve heard it said innumerable times how our jobs would be magnificent—were it not for the clients.

Facebook ? Email Marketing

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Anyone else getting a ton of junk email/invites/notifications on Facebook? Maybe it’s just a sign of age, or soc net fatigue, but I created a short video that offers a guideline** for sending email/invites/notifications on Facebook. The video is not about any one person or a specific group.

Are PR Tools Bad Form?

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Services like HARO bring us dozens of media leads in a single email. Press Release Grader evaluates our news releases to make sure they’re tweaked to deliver top online performance.

This is NOT a Pitch

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A news release is not a pitch. Well, neither is this intro I just received. Dear Mr. Kevin Dugan, Please consider the press release below for publication in an upcoming issue, either on-line or in print. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Bad Pitch Crime Fighters

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Guhmshoo immortalized the Bad Pitch Blog! Now if only my right hand spit fire like that.sigh. More of his work is here. Thanks Guhmshoo! Speaking of banding together to fight the good fight, I added links to our Twitter pages and our Facebook page in the sidebar below.

Old Journalism’s Demise.Good News For Us!

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I am writing to you from 35,000 feet where American and something badly branded as Gogo Inflight has granted me 12 buck access to the Internet. I mean, welcome to the 2000''s, right? Today the New York Times announced another 500 cut from the payroll - and honey they shrunk the sections!

Samsung, Westinghouse Digital, Dotster -- STOP Doing Business with Lois Whitman, Michael Ingalls and HWH PR

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Some PR pros may not fully realize the level of responsibility they have to their clients. When you represent a client, your actions reflect their brand. And it’s with this knowledge that I wrote the title to this post.

Fast Five Links: Fight for the Write

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Writing is one of the most critical skills in public relations. And let''s face it, everyone’s writing can improve. Here are some tips to keep your words working for you and not against you. 1) Word of the Day | Daily Writing Tips The odds of referencing a pyrrhic victory in a pitch is slim at best.

Vote for Bad Pitch Blog in PRWeek's Blog Competition

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Keith O''Brien just announced a PR Week best blog competition. In doing so he pits 32 industry blogs against each other -- tournament style. Vote for the Bad Pitch blog. Click here, then click on our name to vote before end of day, Tuesday, August 5th.

New Logo, Same Old (ugly) Blog

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Some fun is coming in the next few days. And before the rumble begins, we are finally putting up our new blog logo. Design credit goes to Nick Kastner

Fast Five Q&A with PimpMyNews CEO John Atkinson

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“I heard the news today, oh boy…” PimpMyNews is a new, free service allowing you to hear the latest news from your personally selected mix of news sources and blogs. Anyone with an MP3 player and Internet access can use it.

Take 30 Seconds to Read!!

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Here’s a story of a lovely lady — who is so pissed off she turned to me to vent! Richard,” she wrote. Here’s a really stupid email pitch.” What she meant: What’s wrong with this woman?

Help a Reporter Out, Become a Media Source

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Peter Shankman created HARO on Facebook and this media relations tool has grown into a free media source matchmaking service with more than 14,000 members. Peter has a really big tool, but he wants your help in making it bigger. Here’s the deal.

What Does The Bad Pitch Blog Look Like?

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"Does it look like a pitch, Brad?" Um, yeah, I guess it does. Watch this space to see what the Bad Pitch Blog looks like

Join Ebay and Ragan Communications August 13 through 15

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If you’re getting this post via e-mail or RSS, you might want to click through for the context of this post. We’re happy to welcome back Ragan Communications to our site. Ragan’s latest event is Corporate Communications and the Social Media Revolution.

Fast Five Q&A with Adweek’s Digital Editor, Brian Morrissey

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Anyone following Brian Morrissey on Twitter may assume he hates PR people. I’m here to tell you he doesn’t. He does hate PR spam. As digital editor at Adweek, he gets a ton of it. After seeing him out a bad pitch this morning, I sent him a note asking for his help in reducing PR spam.

The Good Pitch Mantra

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A good pitch disappears and turns into a story. A bad pitch becomes the story. tags public relations PR media relations media good pitch bad pitch bad pitch blog

Twitter (Again) and Media Relations

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Twitter is like the lottery. It can pay off big, but you have to play to win. Todd Van Hoosear mentioned on Twitter that he was on a conference call with Wall Street Journal tech reporter Kara Swisher, Sam Whitmore and his Media Survey subscribers.

Some Spin Zone: A Riff On The PR Politics of Oil

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No Blood For Oil made for a good anti-war slogan when gas was going for the same price as Two Buck Chuck. But with gasoline now regularly priced at $4 and in Canada, where I’m sitting at Starbucks, what calculates to SIX BUCKS -- and that’s for the cheap stuff! -- I’m not so sure the saying holds.

Bad Pitch, Good Dog

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This is Sam, our unofficial mascot. Before going to that big kennel in the sky, he was considered the world’s ugliest dog. We''re not questioning this honor. A more informative, and attractive, breed would be the Bulldog (Reporter).

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Celeste Dufault is Outed in 10 Words or Less

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Celeste’s pitch is so bad, she managed to get outed using only 10 words. It was forwarded to our attention from an anonymous member of the media. SUBJECT: Mailing Services are a hot trend for printers BODY Hello! Could you run this in your publication.

A Simple Media Relations Equation

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A wise Canadian noted recently that you must break something down to simple/common terms to describe it most effectively. He gets even more points by referencing Ghostbusters and Twinkie snack cakes to prove his point.

Get Smart. Share with Your Friend (Feed)

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Wall of International Peace - Moscow uploaded by Jeff Bauche._.•´¯) We created a room on Friend Feed to kick the conversation up a notch around here. Two people posting and many (wonderful) people commenting is great. But there''s a metric ton of relevant media relations content online.

Worried About Getting Spam in Your Wiki? Just Be Like Tolu O.

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We’re so over the whole he said, she said around “lists that are the absence of all colors.” We’re moving on. This comment from Tolu O. is one reason why. Dear Kevin and other knowledgeable people in social media/PR, I want you all to know that you have put the fear of God in me.

Bad Pitch P **g Match

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When Lifehacker’s Gina Trapani started getting unsolicited pitches sent to her personal email address, she took action, Chris Anderson style, and created the PR Spammers Wiki. And you thought we were harsh.

Twitter Cures Disease and…and Cleans Ovens Too!!!

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Admit it. At some point, in some form or another…Twitter pisses you off. I’ve been there and back. The above headline openly mocks the effusive glee that drips from the metric ton of online chatter around this topic. But you need to get over it. Learn to love not hate Twitter. Here’s how.

The Stupid or Crazy Pitch

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PR people can’t afford to be wall flowers (passive aggressive perhaps, but not shy). But some PR people go to the extreme. Actually they get to extreme and take a running leap off extreme. An anonymous trade editor sends us "Idiot Exhibit One" which is less a pitch and more of a demand.

Visit the Newseum, Read Alltop, Tell Stories, Vet News and Huff the Po(st) | Fast Five | 04.27.08

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1) Newseum Slate disagrees, but The Newseum looks to be an interesting destination the next time you’re in our nation’s capital. 2) Alltop Journalism Alltop’s Journalism page aggregates nearly 100 sites focused on the Fourth Estate.

"Comm 201": What to do after email has died

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It seems like a million years ago, but it''s been just a month since Eliot Spitzer fell from grace. The man who is fodder for everyone (deservedly so) once said: “Never talk when you can nod and never nod when you can wink and never write an email because it''s death.”