By Patrick Coffee on December 6, 2013 9:34 AM
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So, last night, I’m re-living my early childhood when my mother thought forcing me to sit through Julie Andrews
twerking … eh, twirling (sorry) … in the Alps would soften my soul somehow. Meh? ICYMI: NBC aired a live presentation of “The Sound of Music” featuring Carrie Underwood.
While I’m sitting there with my baby girl, Twitter is blowing up my phone. Being the social media troll I am, I had to peek and then, like a reality TV person on the hippie lettuce with the munchies, I began craving pizza. I brave the ice storm North Texas is experiencing and buy a garlic-crusted pepperoni. Well played, DiGiorno.
More about their genius live tweeting after the jump…
But you said you liked the pitch!!!
Last week we ran a guest listicle about the top things public relations flacks do that piss off our media contacts. We’ve seen a lot of these lists, and the whole thing sometimes feels like a bit of a one-sided conversation, so in a follow-up post we asked our readers to suggest some points from the other side of the screen. Here, without further ado, are eleven things the media does that really irritate PR.
1. Greeting pitches with total silence:
We know you have more important things to do, but unless we’re pitching you something as ridiculous as the “woman-proof car” you could at least write a simple “No, not interested.”
Look at this freaking (cancer-free) hipster…
TIME says PR’s favorite November event is “(slowly) getting men to pay attention to their health“. Pardon us while we smoke a cigarette, eat a chili dog, drink a beer and a Coke at the same time and ponder that statement.
Just kidding; we love Movember. But how much difference does it make?
— Carolyn Lasky (@carolaskyn) December 5, 2013
Good question. The account appears to be making light of this story announcing that the Florida State quarterback will not be charged due to complications in the case. In case you don’t get the reference, here’s an image of the Heisman “stiff arm” trophy:
So the “joke”, if you could call it that, is that this QB pulled a “talk to the hand.”
To their credit, the feed’s managers quickly deleted the tweet and responded:
We regret the poor choice of words and in no way meant to minimize the seriousness of the situation
— NBC Sports Radio (@NBCSportsRadio) December 5, 2013
Good to know, but that’s still poor sportsmanship all around.
(H/T to our anonymous tipster)
SWEET necklace, bro
This morning, amidst all the talk of the FTC and native ads, Rafat of Skift made us aware of a hotel group that’s launched its own branded journalism venture. The post links to a site created by EVEN Hotels, an IHG offshoot which bills itself as the “first wellness hotel brand.”
There’s this tool called
Mark Zuckerberg … eh, Facebook. Since Zuckerberg began comparing ugly women to pretty chicks with whom he couldn’t score, Facebook has always been an e-Storehouse for the ego. So, suffice to say this report from Facebook (via Ad Age) is not really breaking news.
According to the Big Eff Bomb (see what I did there), “Organic reach doesn’t work on our contraption so please — puh-lease — buy advertising.” Okay, that may be a slight paraphrase, but I know they are feeling it.
The thought is that fan posts are not being seen by fans. And now, people are speaking out about it and causing Eff-acebook to eat a nice, healthy batch of crow.
I abhor celebrity news. Sure, they are the beautiful people. But who cares what they think anymore than what other folk think? That said, I do love the Food Network. It’s late-night porn for me. We’re talking fantasizing about being on ‘Chopped.’
That said, have you been watching what is going on with the Food Network’s Nigella Lawson. In short, she is in the middle of a divorce stickier than some hot cross buns she throws down in the oven. You see, the vivacious Brit is married to a real douchenozzle named Charles Saatchi. I don’t need to know the guy. I just need to see this picture.
Today in Self Serving Agency news: grammar scold, listicle master and crotchety (but not old) man Shawn Paul Wood has been appointed general manager/public relations director of Bolt PR‘s newest office in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (release here).
Wood makes the move after five years in a directorial position at HCK2. The release tells us that he is (emphasis ours) “also a nationally searched and regarded blogger” with an “extensive background in broadcast media, public affairs, community relations and creative branding”, because TMI, dude!
Bolt writes that the decision to expand into the Lone Star State with its third office (others are located in Irvine, CA and Raleigh, NC) was “based on the region’s strong economy, growth and diverse industry presence”, but we’d like to think that they just read our blog and realized that Shawn’s internal database of knowledge about the PR industry may have inspired the “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” slogan.
This has been a shameless act of self promotion disguised as a public service announcement. We now return to your regularly scheduled program.