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Entries from February 19th, 2009

Darwin’s theory: PR pitches are improving

February 19th, 2009 · No Comments · Public Relations

Since my last missive on this subject, I have continued to receive endless brain numbing e-mail press releases for topics that have no interest to me.  My favourite off-target pitch was for a new sun tanning salon in New York.  Seriously lads, c’mon would you. I really don’t think this blog is a terribly effective […]

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Call me Naive… Tom Naive..

February 19th, 2009 · No Comments · Off-topic

Now I’m as cynical as the next person but I have to say I have been shocked surprised this week about the volume of shysters on the Internet. With an imminent move to the US on the cards, we’ve been making preparations such as selling cars etc. After posting an ad on CarZone.ie last week […]

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Some light relief…

February 19th, 2009 · No Comments · Off-topic

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, here it’s grey and wet.  So here’s some light entertainment you might have seen before. British comedian Eddie Izzard’s take on Darth Vader going to the Death Star cafeteria. Mild swearing… it put a smile on my face  (and 6,000,000 other people to date).… […]

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Shocking! PR & Journalists giving out, awards, e-books, Olde Media, and explaining to your mother what you do for a living…

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Public Relations, Social Media

Just catching up on my lazy RSS reading.  You probably won’t be surprised to hear that there’s a lot of PR blogging about Twitter, from how you can become an expert, to how you can measure it etc. etc. etc. I plan to skip it for the moment if that’s OK. Well I plan to […]

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Time for a change

February 5th, 2009 · 22 Comments · Off-topic

A colleague recently asked me would I mind giving their friend’s daughter some career advice.  She’s interested in a career in PR and in the current economic climate she was looking for guidance.  Although I’m quickly becoming an elder lemon, I still remember what it’s like starting out.  I think we should all be ready […]

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Get personal – the good and the bad

February 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Public Relations

Following on from my previous post on e-mail pitches… relax it’s not a rant. This blog is neither influential nor widely read. That’s a fact mum. I got two pitches today that show the right and the wrong way to pitch. The good… Adam Abu-Nab from Rubber Republic sent me a well written “personal” pitch, […]

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Is the glass(house) half empty yet?

February 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Public Relations

I have always taken the conservative route along the road of “naming and shaming” embarrassingly inept PR e-mail pitches based on the glasshouse theory. The reality is that we ALL have bad days at the office.  In truth I fear that the one time I do name and shame it’ll come back to bite me […]

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Social media and PR?

February 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Social Media

Browsing through many neglected RSS feeds today, there wasn’t a lot that tickled my fancy (so to speak). Once again, I did see a couple of posts that probably should have been held in a “drafts” folder overnight – and then deleted.  I don’t wish to pour salt on the wounds, but there are a […]

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