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Posts Tagged ‘Chris Anderson’

Happening Now: GE’s Eight-Hour Online Discussion ‘Ask Anything’

GE is hosting an eight-hour digital event to bring to a close the second part of its ecomagination Challenge Powering Your Home, a $200 million effort to spur clean energy innovation by inviting everyone to share good ideas.

The event, taking place online through 4:30 p.m. ET, will feature commentary from GE’s SVP and CMO, Beth Comstock; Mark Vachon, VP of GE ecomagination; Jeffrey Davis, director of space life sciences at NASA; and many others. The event is also moderated by Chris Anderson and Jason Tanz from WIRED magazine.

Members of the audience can ask questions on Twitter, @ecomagination with the hashtag #AskGE, or on Facebook. Click here to join now.

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Blinn PR Closes, Steven Blinn Moves to Canada

Blinn PR, a technology boutique based in Manhattan, closed its doors recently.  We we alerted to the news by Steven Blinn‘s GChat status update, saying only:

“After 15 years BlinnPR is closing it’s doors. Relocating to Toronto, and looking for new opportunities. Eh?”

Blinn is notable to us as both a frequent commenter on PRNewser, and as one of several agency owners to lock horns with 5WPR and its provacative founder Ronn Torossian.

Blinn went after some of Torossian’s clients in the wake of the Chris Anderson‘s PR Blacklist, on which several 5W staffers were listed.  Torossian and his SVP responded by attempting to take both Blinn’s clients and staffers.

Emails and IMs to Blinn have not been returned as of the time of this post.

The PR Industry’s Biggest Deadheads

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Marketing strategist David Meerman Scott and Hubspot CEO Brian Halligan just released their new book, “Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History.”

The authors provided PRNewser with an exclusive excerpt from the book, which we’ve posted after the jump.

Also, to coincide with the release, we thought it would be fun to compile a list of the PR industry’s biggest Deadheads. This list is according to our 100% un-scientific ranking system.

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Venture Capitalist Says PR Firm ‘Sucks *ss’ For Emailing Him Off Topic Pitches

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This is a theme that just won’t stop. Yet another blogger has written an anti-PR tirade, this time specifically blacklisting one PR firm, Atomic PR.

PRNewser readers may recall that other bloggers and media personalities, including Wired editor Chris Anderson and Lifehacker’s Gina Trapani, have posted their own anti-PR missives, including firms that are blacklisted from their inbox.

The latest public shaming comes via venture capitalist Jason Mendelson [pictured] of Foundry Group, who says AtomicPR “sucks ass,” for sending him too many email pitches and not allowing him to opt out of their lists. He published the emails of several AtomicPR employees and said:

Don’t hire them. And PLEASE link, share and retweet this post, so that when folks search for ‘AtomicPR,’ the Google gods rank this post highly.

Atmomic PR founder Andy Getsy hopped in the comments of Mendelson’s post and wrote his own tempered response on the agency’s blog, where he mostly faulted media database company Cision, but also took the blame for not keeping the agency’s lists up to date.

UPDATE: Getsy writes in and says, “I don’t really think it’s Cision’s fault – we should have had a better mechanism for keeping Jason free of unwanted contact…I was simply pointing out that his profile on Cision is likely a factor in PR people creating lists with him on it.”

While Mendelson is angry, Atomic can point to this glowing client review from Jason Putorti, the digital designer behind Mint.com, who recently said:

PR was extremely high quality traffic for us, and the optics for the brand were undeniably good. We trounced all of our online competitors, including Quicken — who sent us legal threats. [Founder and CEO Aaron] Patzer talked to every outlet from Entrepreneur to Essence.

Mint.com was acquired by Intuit for $170 million. Getting back to the situation at hand: While it’s unfortunate that Atomic didn’t keep their email lists up to date, do you think Mendelson’s response went too far?

Another Blogger Publishes List of “Banned” PR Firms

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First it was Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson. Then it was Lifehacker’s Gina Trapani.

Now, former Gawker editor Choire Sicha, who is blogging at his own start-up, The Awl, has posted a list of PR firms that are banned from his inbox for sending him too many bad pitches.

Indeed, bloggers have started to figure out this formula: if I publish a list of PR people that do a bad job, it will not only get me attention and page-views, but also hopefully get them so stop sending me bad pitches.

Some of the pitches Sicha received are pretty funny. Our favorite: “Blog Material – Jennie Garth in Grand Central Station.”

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Wired Editor Chris Anderson Apologizes for Plagiarism, (Some) PR People Try To Hide Delight

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Wired magazine Editor Chris Anderson – known in PR circles not only for his role at the magazine – but also for his infamous PR “blacklist,” admitted this week to lifting many passages of his soon to be released book “Free” from Wikipedia. Virginia Quarterly Review first noticed the similarities, some of which were copied word for word.

Anderson’s explanation hinged mostly on a gray area involving the citation process for Wikipedia and he admitted that several passages were not cited. “That’s my screw-up and I totally take the blame for that,” he told The New York Times.

Jeremy Pepper, POP! PR Jots blogger and Manager, Public Relations at Boingo Wireless said Anderson did the “stand-up PR move – even if he black lists us. He took full responsibility for his actions, and did not pass the buck to anyone else. That speaks volumes, and while I think he should have won the fight with his editor (he’s write on the citations), he took the responsibility of his actions. It’s a rare trait in today’s world.”

Not everyone completely agrees. RLM PR CEO Richard Laermer told PRNewser, “…this mistake is, in my not humble opinion, fairly colossal-and common. Found research does not make a point. And I’m sure if we went further into the points Mr. Anderson made in his book we’d find a lot of other stuff that came from sources that were, yep, cut and pasted.”

We’re curious to hear your take on things. From a PR perspective, did Anderson handle this in the best manner?