2009

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Pay it Back, Pay it Forward – A Moral Imperative - The Do's of Career Search Help

PR Job Coach

'This is a guest blog that I penned for [link] , the blog site for search executive Lindsay Olson of Paradigm Staffing [link]. The blog is repeated here to convey the urgency of helping reduce unemployment by raising awareness of those who are gainfully employed to the plight of those who are not. Paying it Back/Paying it Forward - Do''s for Helping a Job Search More than 100 people have sought advice from me in just the last six months on topics ranging from cold calling, search techniques, bad

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PR People: Stop Being Bad at Stuff and Read This

Bad Pitch Blog

'This entry by Nick Balkin, guest poster. Editor''s Note: Nick Balkin''s Twitter is located at @ nickbalkin. An earlier version of this post had the wrong username. Apologies for the confusion. Face it: you went into PR because you wanted to be a superstar. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to work hard to build your name and reputation before you score those VIP passes.

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Basic Training - Preparing for the Road to a Public Relations Career

PR Job Coach

'I love it when I receive questions from young inquiring minds. And normally it is folks just getting started in the public relations field. Never did I expect to see a question from an energetic person in high school who is anxious for success in our industry. The inquiry from the high schooler went something like this. I am in high school want to pursue a career as a celebrity publicist.

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The Sky's the Limit. What do you want to do!

PR Job Coach

'One of the advantages of the public relations field is that there are many components that allow you to generalize or specialize not unlike the medical field. I just received an inquiry from a student pondering the question of "what to do." I am a recent grad with a degree in multidisciplinary studies with three minors including public relations, arts administration, and entrepreneurship.

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Peter H. Paulsen’s Inspiring Tale Continues to Resonate in 2024

Two years after its initial release, Peter H. Paulsen’s book, From Brick and Mortar to Prosperity, continues to inspire readers around the globe.

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When You Have Lemons, Make Lemonade

PR Job Coach

'I recently heard from a young pro about a career predicament that likely occurs far too often. The job was not as advertised. Here is what this young pro had to say: "I need advice on which direction to go with my career. I graduated in 2008 BA in PR and four internships. I took a job with a new company and was promised training. My job responsibilities were suppose to be creating marketing initiatives, writing press releases, and some design.

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Eat and Run? Should I Leave the Table Hoping for Something Better?

PR Job Coach

'Here is my guest blog at Lindsay Olson''s Blog on job hunting. [link] Thanks to the skittish economy, the job market today is not easy pickings. I have gotten more than a handful of letters asking whether now is the time to leave an existing role for hoped-for greener pastures. My answer is now is not the time to jump head first into the job market.

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The Axed Hack's Guide to Flacking: Are Journalists Meant For PR?

Bad Pitch Blog

'I''ll get right to the point: PR is not the dark side any more. As a reporter for a plethora of publications in the hard-to-remember ''80s, I do recall titters from my colleagues when I defected to PR. I had to make more money and I couldn''t cope with holier-than-thou editors. I''d written for USA Today , New York Daily News , New York Times , Crain''s NY , Editor & Publisher , Us. and all I got was a T-shirt that said, "Someone read my article.

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Believe In Yourself; But Believe In Trends More

Bad Pitch Blog

'We''re all looking for something to take us to a better place-workwise, that is. How do we do that? Follow trends. When you’ve got one example, it’s a “noticeable situation.” When you’ve got two examples, it’s a fact. And when you’ve got three examples—welcome to a trend. A trend is something that is just happening—the way ads are becoming smaller by the second (and disappearing, thank G-d); the use of tiny devices that are almost ear-sized for us to check who wants to reach us; the tendency fo

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The Blind? Deaf? Or Just Dumb Pitch

Bad Pitch Blog

'Bloggers send more than a few emails asking to be removed from a media list, we also send emails to PR people to tell them why a pitch doesn’t work for their blog – and perhaps what might work in the future. I rarely receive a response from these notes – which is unfortunate and yet telling. But music blogger Olivia Giovetti brings us an experience with a PR firm representing high-end hospitality clients that serves as a clear, and very frustrating, example of what not to do.

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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Have Balls; Mortgage Will Follow!

Bad Pitch Blog

'I’ve been hearing a lot of people tell me they won’t do anything gutsy: Friends advising me against certain actions cause someone might react poorly (as if anyone’s paying attention); colleagues warning they think everything should be on pause while the economy recapitulates; partners saying no to events because they think it could hurt their “personal brand” (whatever that latest cliché means); and clients who feel their dulled-out partners might “get mad” over an overly-aggressive PR campaign

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The REAL Difference Between Journalists & Bloggers

Bad Pitch Blog

'One of the more frequent questions asked of the Bad Pitch blog is “what’s the difference between pitching journalists and bloggers?” We used to assume that the main difference was that pitching bloggers requires hyper-customization. And while they do, it’s deeper than this – there’s a bigger difference. 80/20 Rule If we did an analysis of all the ham-fisted pitches sent our way, I’ll bet that 80 percent or more of them are originally aimed at bloggers.

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Five Crucial Tips for the Perfect Pitch Letter

Bad Pitch Blog

'Pitch letters might be the most effective tool in your arsenal that you’re not using effectively. Since we originally took our PR baby steps, it has been tattooed in our minds that pitch letters are the Holy Grail and learning to skillfully craft a missive to attract media attention reaps vast benefits. Then why do many in PR compose epistles that simply fall on deaf, uh, eyes?

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Adult Diapers “No Joke” Pitch

Bad Pitch Blog

'You know it: Market caps are messy! But why did Kate Ennis attempt to prove it without any real facts when writing to BusinessWeek to try and get them to write about the growth business of incontinence? I get we all have a job to do, and pitching a product line like this is definitely sticky.but come on! In a recession when the reached Personal Finance columnist has a lot of serious, timely and real work to do, the below just reads like total poop.

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Adapting to the Future: The Evolving Role of Crisis Management Firms in a Rapidly Changing World

As the Internet continues to grow and change, the role of Online Crisis Management firms is evolving. This article explores how these firms are adapting to the new topography of Online Crisis Management. Through interviews with industry experts and case studies, we uncover the key strategies and tactics that are driving success in this dynamic field.

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A look at your personality: Try being one person

Bad Pitch Blog

'In her book, " am*B H*ous ," Debra Condren says career-oriented women have to fight to get any work-life balance. Women, she claims, are constantly fighting to maintain separate personal and professional lives. Women feel there has to be a sweet spot! Give up on some personal goals and some professional ones, but damn it, have it all. Dr. Condren believes that women cannot, however, enjoy a real balance!

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The Interview Brief: A Bad Pitch How-To

Bad Pitch Blog

'The pitch worked. The interview’s scheduled. Now the real work begins. We could arguably start “The Bad Interview Blog” with all the gaffes that can occur in this critical phase of media relations. Instead of more this drama, we’ll help you create an interview brief so you, and your source, can steer clear of a bad interview. The 411 and Then Some The goal of the document is to prepare your source for the interview and it also keeps you on target during the interview.

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Three Ways to Suck Less in 2010

Bad Pitch Blog

'If you worked during this holiday week.thanks for closing out the decade with us. As the Bad Pitch blog heads into its 5th year of existence, we’re jazzed about 2010. So we’ll be brief. Here are three ways to suck less in 2010. Pledge to Make a Mistake: Promising yourself you''ll f-up in 2010 comes with two benefits. Accepting you''ll make a mistake allows you to focus on the actual work instead of achieving perfection and dreaming up horrible consequences stemming from the mistake.

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"Gee, Beav, Isn't PR Just Like Advertising?"

Bad Pitch Blog

'Although I have toiled in public relations for 95 years (!), it seems as though most of my friends—not to mention my immediate family—have trouble understanding exactly what I do. When I am speaking with them about a media interview, say on television, they assume I’m on camera. When I say I am working with a newspaper reporter on story, they ask me why my clients don’t just advertise in the publication because: ”PR and advertising are the same, right?

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Communicating During a Crisis & Navigating the Chaos

Speaker: Shawna Bruce, Director of M.D. Bruce & Associates Ltd.

Are you ready to face the unexpected? When the stakes are high and the pressure is on, there's no time to waste - you must be prepared to communicate clearly and confidently. In today's unpredictable world, mastering the art of crisis communication is a must-have skill for any public relations professional. Whether you're facing a weather disaster, a cyber attack, or a PR nightmare, knowing how to craft a clear and compelling message can mean the difference between chaos and calm, confusion and

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Answers To Questions from the Press: Simple, Easy, Done

Bad Pitch Blog

'Reporters are notoriously cynical, and to be honest, if you had their job you would be, too. So you need to be one step (or ten) ahead of them. Play “devil’s advocate.” What are the first questions you’re going to get? What are the questions that will make you uncomfortable, or that you don’t have an answer for yet? You need to find the holes before the reporters find them for you.

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Technology Changes, People Don’t

Bad Pitch Blog

'After five years client side, it only took me a couple of weeks back in agency world to see how much had changed and how much hadn''t. Instead of detailing what I mean by the above passive-aggressive statement, I’d much rather remind our readers to not be blinded by "The Shiny New." Your clients are coming to you and asking for a Facebook page, or they want a Twitter account.

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Good Pitch: Sound Content Nets Podcast Placement

Bad Pitch Blog

'Our latest good pitch comes from Tamara Gruber with Red Giant Consulting (alas, no relation to Macgruber , we checked). Her pitch is to some discerning, fellow PR colleagues – Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson of the For Immediate Release podcast. Background "In doing outreach for a client, Tungle.com, I reached out to Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson. Of course there is no tougher audience than PR professionals so I wanted to make sure I nailed it by demonstrating that I was very familiar with them,

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Don't Get Cute With Naming

Bad Pitch Blog

'By Guest Blogger Susan E. Jacobsen I recently came across a blog with relatively decent content, but with just the oddest of names -- Outhouse General Counsel. I had a hard time taking what the blogger wrote seriously because I kept getting caught up in the blog/company name. It struck me as odd and I couldn’t help but shake my head. It was a play on words and while he explained his ( il )logic for the name, it really would not jive with anyone outside of the industry he was targeting.

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Discover the Actionable Habits of the World’s Best Strategic Communicators

Communication professionals can sometimes face difficult questions from internal stakeholders about the impact of their PR marketing initiatives. We know that nearly half of these professional say they need help with turning their PR data into actionable insights; and at least 20% don’t think they can measure their campaigns at all—but what if we told you all these obstacles can be easily combatted if you implement a few key habits.

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Fast Five Links: Me Write Pretty One Day

Bad Pitch Blog

'Here are some quick links to help you with your pitching efforts -- they all focus on writing. Don’t read into that though. 1) One Word One Word.com One word, sixty seconds. It’s a great creative exercise to keep your writing chops honed and your brain thinking. 2) Acronym Finder Acronym Finder.com Acronyms are inside baseball and ultimately make your writing harder to read.

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Why PR Doesn't Happen Overnight

Bad Pitch Blog

'Despite the fact that news happens pretty much while you sleep, PR is surely not an overnight process (to say the least). In PR, as with so many facets of life, patience is a virtue. We hear about “instant gratification” every day. Everything from digitally recording boob tubes to Lipton’s Cold Brew teabags is engineered to give us exactly what we want when the whim overtakes us.

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Know Yourself, Be Yourself for Better Pitches

Bad Pitch Blog

'Last week, I had the blind luck to present right before Artie Isaac at SummitUp. If you don’t know Artie, you should. Artie Isaac co-founded SpeakerSite and the Young Isaac Agency. He also teaches creativity, consumer behavior, copywriting and the history of advertising at The Ohio State University and the Columbus College of Art & Design. Artie started his career with agencies in New York, including Ogilvy & Mather.

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Chris Brogan on Better Blogger Pitches

Bad Pitch Blog

'Earlier this week one half of The Bad Pitch Blog kicked off SummitUp -- an event packed with great content, including presentations from Bob Garfield and Chris Brogan. The Bad Pitch Blog took advantage of this quality time to ask a few folks about how to improve the pitch. First up is Chris Brogan -- author of the New York Times Bestseller "Trust Agents.

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7 Ways to Deliver Groundbreaking Thought Leadership

Delivering Successful Thought Leadership Programs. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, a successful thought leadership program is a powerful tool to increase the profile of your brand. By developing compelling content that is authentic to your brand and offers something unique, you can become a trusted source and the ‘go-to’ expert in your field.

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Creativity Is What We Need Every Day

Bad Pitch Blog

'Creativity is almost impossible to define. According to consumer-insight researchers at Lucid Incorporated, every person recognizes he or she has it, but its meaning varies widely. Anna Sandilands and Anna David, who quit Starbucks to found a company notably called Lucid, have appealing perspectives on creativity, both from their experience at the coffee lords and from an astounding 2006 research project on behalf of Apple Computer.

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"It was just on the web site, not in print."

Bad Pitch Blog

'I''ve heard the headline of this post from clients and colleagues in the past. You probably have too. Sure nothing can compare to actually holding the fruit of your labor. But if a client is (still) questioning the value of online placement vs. print placement, you should show them this video. The Online Media from RealWire on Vimeo. New rules for new tools.

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Jumping Off the Branding Bandwagon

Bad Pitch Blog

'During the past decade everyone seemed to be—or pretended to be—in the business of branding. The majority of ad agencies, PR firms, Hollywood agents, management consultants, and even many focus group participants, jumped on the got-to-brand bandwagon with glee and abandon. Every purveyor of fine branding boasts a proprietorship over unique methodologies, outstanding insights, and uber-talented staff that will transform a product or service into something they can dub larger than life.

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