PR/Media Week in Review 02-15-2009

Mark Rose, Editor, PRBlogNews, PR/Media Week in ReviewNews You Can Lose. Every industry deserves the trade press it gets but can’t even lowly PR do better than PRNews? I deleted at least 10 emails from PRNews last week imploring me to buy their books, go to their conferences, attend webinars on media relations, media training, digital whatever… and I am constantly telemarketed to buy the print publication.  This despite my blog post 2/5 titled PRNews Stuck in Abacus Land that should have elicited some PR maneuvers or at least notified someone that I am not a good prospect for their stuff .

PRNews obviously knows nothing about PR - anybody who buys their dreck is either naive or over stimulated with stimulus funds. Still, repackaging the same PR ‘intelligence’ in a variety of formats and pushing it out to a resistant audience is apparently paying someone’s bills so we officially launch into that business today with the First Annual Media Relations Guide for PRummies (PR Dummies). We employ our own time-tested, field proven three step approach:

#1: Know your client’s business
#2: Know the media you are pitching
#3: Marry #1 & #2

We will send this ‘intelligence’ out in mass emails, conduct webinars, print books, and hold conferences all around the country. Stay tuned.

A-Rod’s Ass. A-Rod was all over the news last week, including several posts here. This Tuesday he is expected to face the press in the Yankees spring training camp. That should spark another round of A-Rod fueled stories that will only feed his already bloated celebrity. Will Selena Roberts, the Sports Illustrated ‘stalker,’ be allowed to participate?

Shrinking Media. Bloomberg announced its first ever layoffs last week. Dozens of staffers are facing the axe. Bloomberg always seemed immune to the pressure of traditional media. Now, with financial services in turmoil and media shrinking rapidly, Bloomberg is joining the rest of the world. Fret not, Mike Bloomberg himself is not hurting. He is able to scrape together $80 million or so for his next campaign to stay Mayor of New York.

Eight is Enough. The Killeen Furtney Group, a west coast PR firm, probably thought it was a good idea to represent octuplets mother Nadya Suleman pro bono. Then they started getting death threats. “They’d put me in the wood chipper and throw me in the bottom of the ocean and hope I die,” Killeen said. The Group decided last week that they will consider other ways to spend their non-billable time.

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