Time for change – Vote for PRBlogNews Now

Could PRBlogNews ever make it to the cover of Wired?The PRWeek blog competition has been a revealing exercise in the PR business examining itself. As if we needed further proof - we are a stilted profession with no sense of humor and no imagination. Basically, that is why, no matter how hard we try, we are unable to grab a measurable piece of the advertising/marketing budget with this newly packaged “social media” hoohah.   

I am sure that Frank X. Shaw at Glass House (my opposition) is a fine and honorable man. His bio says that he was public affairs officer in the Marines, he heads the Microsoft business, and he is president of a PR firm that has grown into a well-known powerhouse. It’s just that his blog posts are flat out boring and typical of an exec who must protect his turf, watch his back, mind what he says, not rile clients, appease the employees and pretend to be insightful and informative. That’s okay, it’s good for the President to have a blog, but let’s call it for what it is.

To the guy who left the comment about being cheap and unfunny (obviously a shill for Frank, who still cannot find the naked account execs in Wagg Ed cubicles): I consider Richard Edelman enough of a friend that I can freely roast him in blog posts, I have nothing but respect and admiration for Howard Rubenstein (Disclosure: I worked for both Richard and Howard), I have shvitzed and sucked martinis with Loren Feldman and still I have no compunction about telling him publicly how to run his business. When Ronn Torossian is blowing it (as he often is), I will say so clearly and publicly. I would rather eat a slice of street-side pizza and watch the cops gather the hookers on 10th avenue than go to a PRSA event or the Social Media Club.

I am not at a big agency right now, I can say whatever I want. I actually love the PR business. We need to break out of the confines of the past and embrace a new way of thinking if we are to be effective advocates for our clients. The game has changed – the general thinking of the PR business has not. That’s what this blog is about.

So, if you voted for PRBlogNews – Thank you. If not, now is the time. Send a message to the PR Man: We want change. Vote here. Voting ends tomorrow, Friday, at 5:30 PM New York time.


  1. Shark says:

    Funny. Insightful. Spot on. If I had any interest in reading PR blogs, or blogs in general, I would think about reading this one.

    Shill for Wagged

  2. Matt Gentile says:

    Greetings Mark,

    I have not written for a while as I’m no longer writing “From the Beach Chair” in sunny Sarasota. I’ve accepted the Dir. of PR for C21 here in NJ. Great brand, bigger playing field.

    I look forward to getting reacquainted with all my blog post pals and discussing the “relavent” issues of the day. Ha.

    Best Regards from my new post “From the Garden State Parkway”

    Matt Gentile

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