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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. We''re up against Voce Communications'' Voce Nation blog. tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog | PRWeek 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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And before the rumble begins, we are finally putting up our new blog logo. Some fun is coming in the next few days. Design credit goes to Nick Kastner

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

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A flood of new folks are reading Bad Pitch Blog as a result, so I thought I’d post our top 20 posts according to AideRSS as a helpful review. The posts are from 2007 and 2008 so it looks like the content here is getting better. Ready to Pitch a Blog? What Does The Bad Pitch Blog Look Like? Facebook Can Improve Your Media Relations And we want to officially thank Peter Shankman for teaming up with Bad Pitch Blog.

What Does The Bad Pitch Blog Look Like?

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

Bad Pitch Blog Looks at a Singular Movie Phenomenon Currently Redefining "Hype"

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Then after we give them all this credit let''s agree to stop covering it in our blogs, our articles, our conversations, our minds. Arthur Harris of the Royal Air Force is often credited as the innovator of carpet bombing during World War Two, which was a tactic used to achieve the complete destruction of a target region and demoralization of its residents.

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Man Bites Dog: Newspapers Outlive Themselves, Blissful Ignorance Becomes Artform

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What you''ve created is called a weblog - or a blog. Your own paper has blogs that are starters. The guys over in Sports run an awesome baseball blog appropriately called "Bats." This blogging is not a new concept, friend. Are they unaware that blogs exist, or are they hoping we don''t know blogs exist? Or, most interestingly, are they calling their blog "Instant Op-Ed" in order to make their so-called experts seem like more than mere bloggers?

This Goose is Cooked Pitch

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But when someone asked the Bad Pitch Blog to review a children''s book, we weren''t sure if we should laugh or cry. Bad Pitch Blog may be the perfect place to mention Flightless Goose, and perhaps even run a review or feature. OK, the pitch might be a, uh, Turkey, but the book is well-intended.for a blog that actually has something to do with children''s books.

You Have To Care—and yet do you really?

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Finally, what can we learn from 2008, anyway… That being a wimp (lots of us were woos character studies) is no way to do business when you’re hired to be a communicator of messages that are at least a little distinctive.

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. From: HACK1@yahoo.com Subject: Re: Urgent To: FLACK@anagency.com Date: August 12, 2008 6:29:08 PM EDT FLACK, You were one item on my list that I neglected to take care of. Woah, this is pure Friday fodder.

We're baaack!

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Actually an “over eager Blogger spam attack robot from hell” thought our blog was "one of those" types of blogs. As a result, we have not been able to post to the blog since Monday, August 4, 2008. Most important of all, this got us off our rear ends and put plans in motion to move this snarky wonder of a blog. Jump for Joy uploaded by bingbing tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog

Take 30 Seconds to Read!!

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Public Relations, LLC My friend runs a blog that is SOOOOOO not anywhere in the same vicinity as to do a damn thing for Donna and her cakes. So, here is HER vivid, unedited response, with her name left out because, well, you can go to her fabulous blog and learn about this woman (who, incidentally, is hardly a complainer and a ton of fun!): you wanna know what my pal does on her blog? Here’s a story of a lovely lady — who is so pissed off she turned to me to vent!

And They Say Reporters Don’t Care…

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The Bad Pitch blog recommends that SEO is something that should be done organically—and not in a Whole Foods sort of way. tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog 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.

Investor Relations Communication in a Time of Crisis: 6 Areas to Focus On | Business Wire Blog

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Some situations, such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2008 mortgage crisis, or the global coronavirus pandemic, are so sweeping and destructive that many of the traditional rules and familiar patterns for communications no longer apply.

Really?!

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A blog pitch. Not merely a pitch to a blog, but a pitch about a blog to a blog?! Did you send the pitch to your blog as well or was it implied that your boss would link to himself? 400 words to tell me to visit your boss’ blog. Well actually, one paragraph spent pitching the blog and two paragraphs telling us how if your boss were any more amazing he would wear a cape. Even a blog I guess.

Fast Five Q&A With BusinessWeek Senior Writer Stephen Baker

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Baker was one of the first reporters to blog (see him on Blogspotting.net ). Lo, a long time ago in May of 2005, his and Heather Green’s co-written cover story “Blogs Will Change Your Business” made quite an impact on corporate America. The blog ("but of course") on all things "Numerati" is theNumerati.net. Q: We see you on Twitter all the time — and you blog more than most. I like blogging when I want to put thoughts together. Happy August.

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. Cue squiggly lines and narrator’s voice… - The seeds for the Bad Pitch Blog were planted in 1995 when the book “Toxic Sludge is Good for You,” used some specific events to discredit the entire public relations industry. Dugan began the Strategic Public Relations blog in 2002 and, as a result, was added to electronic media databases.

Do you send e-mail or FAIL-mail?

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This blog can''t help you. 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.

This is NOT a Pitch

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tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog 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. Some things evidently are worth repeating as we’ve talked about the need for pitches before.

Fast Five Links: Fight for the Write

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Blogging for Business Tips for folks with no prior training, but they still apply to all of us. 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. But the more words you know the more options you have.

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

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I didn’t get to a blog post I meant to do. And to sum up this post the Bad Pitch Blog will note that with things moving this fast, if you''re not making a reporter’s life easier you''re just making it harder. tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog | advertising | marketing | Twitter | Adweek | Brian Morrissey Anyone following Brian Morrissey on Twitter may assume he hates PR people. I’m here to tell you he doesn’t.

Richard (Edelman) Represents

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He also hits upon why we started this blog. We were working on a post called, “Ode to Jason Calacanis.” It’s more of a poem really…using lots of colorful, urban language, including words that rhyme with “brother trucker.” Luckily Richard Edelman made our rant poem moot with this post.** "I am heartily sick of the ad hominem attacks and cheap shots taken by those who would try to draw attention to themselves.

Old Journalism’s Demise.Good News For Us!

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On the other end of the spectrum, blogs, podcasts, push/pull e-newsletters and every kind of live streaming service cover what is fascinating to its "participants," and that''s much more beguiling than hearing the same found-everywhere repeats. The old fogeys who can''t figure why a blog post is better than a few words in the Atlanta Journal are going to have the point proven expediently.

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

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Carol runs the blog French Laundry at Home. A classic micro-topic blog, its sole focus is about cooking every dish in The French Laundry Cookbook and writing about it. I did actually get an apology from a gal at >AGENCY In the food blog community, we all know one another pretty well, and we laugh when we get these pitches. Food for Thought The lesson here extends well beyond folks pitching foodie blogs. We’re all about pitches, good and bad.

Bad Pitch Outrage

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tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog We sometimes find ourselves posting about topics that seem more like common freakin’ sense than the finer points of media relations. A standout has been when we’ve talked about and even poked fun at pitches trying to tie their story to current events – no matter how macabre it might seem.

Bad Pitch Crime Fighters

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Guhmshoo immortalized the Bad Pitch Blog! Bad Pitch Crime Fighters uploaded by Xanboozled tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog | guhmshoo 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.

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

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If you are on a top-notch blog or even in the (*ugh) newspaper, you need to DO something with it, send it to folks with a “I’m sure you saw this” note or post it everywhre. 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.

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

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We’re giving HWH PR a Bad Pitch Blog Lifetime Achievement Award for turning client news releases into PR spam for more than two years. Consider this post “The Art of Exploiting a Tragedy” on The New York Times’ Freakonomics blog. tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog | Samsung | Westinghouse Digital | Dotster | Lois Whittman | Michael Ingalls

Are PR Tools Bad Form?

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Tools of trade uploaded by Powerhouse Museum tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog 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. PitchEngine and the news wires help push these releases to the world while Newsvetter delivers our pitches to media via its opt-in network.

PR, Politics & The Politics of PR

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Last month Kevin said something that stuck with me: Let’s not be partisan on the blog. I mentioned Hillary as one who was stubborn (back then) in a blog post and I got tons of nasty mail of the “What if she were a man!” It was when I was going to go all Barack on you guys…saying how people had to stop saying how Barry’s Win was a fait accompli. This was just before the convention so I’m glad I didn''t bother. Naturally, I digress.

Getting Ahead of the Story, Volume 1000

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As the CEO of a PR agency, I can’t even tell you how many potential clients ask “Do I really need PR?” Usually I just answer with a simple and slightly aggravated “Why Yes!” Today, however, I will answer with an example of what a smart, finely crafted and well-timed PR campaign (with strategy) can do. The past few months we have seen historically vilified Microsoft attempt to take the current underdog, Yahoo, over with a slow hand.

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. It’s the inspiration of several efforts over time. ** It bugs me when someone (myself included) posts “rules” about the next shiny new object. We’re still figuring this stuff out.

Bad Pitch, Good Dog

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tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog 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). We''re excited to note that The Bulldog Reporter just added our feed to their Daily Dog web site.

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. And, using the Internet for news and blogs required us to be at computers- searching, sifting and reading. We pride ourselves on PimpMyNews being a source of solid, trusted and obscure news and blog content. There are so many news and blog sites out there that "information overload" is a real issue.

Typos Are A Big, Hairy Problem

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Michael Allison points us to one so funny it’s inspiring a Bad Pitch Blog contest. Typos are painful. They can even be career-ending. In the comments below, leave your best, one-line response to this job description that’s running on Monster.com. The winner(s) will be announced next week and receive fame and some swag. one of the) Best Typos Evah uploaded by prblog tags | public relations | PR | typo

The Good Pitch Mantra

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

Join Ebay and Ragan Communications August 13 through 15

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Readers of the Bad Pitch blog get a $300 discount. tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog | Ragan Communications | ebay 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.

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. But it can work against you, as this INSANELY LONG press release proved (I’ve truncated it but left the typos in because they''re deserving).

Help a Reporter Out, Become a Media Source

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tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog | Peter Shankman | HARO 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. The more reporters that use HARO, the more valuable it is for you. So tell your media contacts about HARO.

Angryjournalist.com -- Things Are Tough All Over

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This site became an instant Bad Pitch Blog guilty pleasure. The Middle One uploaded by evaxebra tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog At one point or another, you’ll p**s off a journalist. Sometimes you’re just doing your job. Sometimes you’re just doing your job BADLY. Other times you’ll raise their ire for no apparent reason. But before you suggest a gruff editor wasn’t held enough by his mother, suck it up.

Can Cookies & Sundresses Soften An Image?

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PR people tend to zip it when it comes to politics and blogging. tags | public relations | PR | media relations | media | good pitch | bad pitch | bad pitch blog | Obama Heavens forbid we express our political beliefs and lose a reader. But regardless of whether you lean left or right, PR people should be political junkies…during the campaign season at a minimum. As I’ve said before, media relations campaigns should be run like political campaigns.