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Uber Really F*cked Up This Time

You’ve probably heard by now that Uber is in extreme crisis mode. More so than usual, even!

Why? To sum it up, the company’s SVP of business attended a private event packed with prominent journalists…and suggested that his company would spend a million dollars on “opposition research” to smear those who publish negative stories about Uber. For some reason, Emil Michael thought that every single word spoken at said event would be “off the record.”

It gets much, much worse.

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A Day in the Life of a Marketer: Long Hours, No Lunch, Dashed Dreams of Being an ‘Artist’

Oh good, it’s not just me.

According to a new survey conducted by AtTask in partnership with MarketingProfs, life is hard for modern day marketers and public relations professionals.

Here’s the breakdown: we work long hours (the survey found that nearly one in four of us works 10 or more on an average day); we’re slaves to our inbox (3 to 4 hours each day on email); we routinely skip lunch breaks (56 percent of us eat at our desks).

Despite all this, we still feel like we can’t get anything done. Case in point:

“An astounding 40 percent of marketers blame manual tasks, unexpected projects and rework as primary sources of lost productivity.”

Sadder still, one in three of us still dreams of a career in the arts while another 16 percent are scheming to transition into a more left-brained field like business, law or engineering.

Does this all sound like the conversation you just had with your next-door office mate?

It’s deja vu all over again.

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6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Rely on Automated Pitching

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We have a confession to make, readers: we get the pitching challenge because we’ve done it ourselves. We know that many firms emphasize quantity over quality despite all evidence to the contrary, and we understand that the pressure to score press often overwhelms basic logic — especially when employers hand out performance bonuses.

So yes: mass pitching is part of the game.

However, we would like to take a moment to warn those about to send pitches to all 324 contacts on a given “oh sh*t we’re f*cked” mailing list: please stop for a moment and reconsider.

Here, from our perspective, are six good reasons why.

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No April Fool’s: Kim and Kanye Are on the Cover of Vogue

We always imagined that, when looking back at the lives we’ve led on some day in the distant future, we would be able to pinpoint the moment when we finally lost it—”it” being our faith in humanity, ourselves and all the things we hold dear.

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This is not that moment. It’s just a rapper whose music we once liked and his soon-to-be-wife appearing on the cover of the world’s most important fashion magazine.

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UK’s Best-Known Publicist Also a Huge Pervert with a Tiny…Ethical Compass

max-clifford-214x300Max Clifford, the United Kingdom’s most infamous publicist and owner of amazing eyebrows, is doing a great job protecting his own reputation as a huge pervert with a very, very small…sense of ethics.

The hits keep coming from Clifford’s ongoing trial for various and sundry sex offenses. Let’s review the tabloid headlines, shall we? Clifford supposedly:

There’s more, and it’s all incredibly disturbing.

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The GOP Knows What the Kids Are Wearing

Today in Same Old Story news, someone in the Republican Party anticipated the results of this study about changing political alliances among Millennials and got to work making some ads to appeal to that key demographic: Audi-driving early-30′s yuppies battling problems with facial hair.

Like all political ads, these are collections of cue card quips designed to reduce incredibly complex economic issues into simple talking points.

Of course the ad offers no specifics explaining why an easing of regulations on any given industry would lead to more jobs, much less better jobs. Nor does it explain moves to cut short the unemployment benefits earned by all those friends who (allegedly) can’t find work because of the same regulations…as if this guy’s “friends” work in fossil fuels.

The next ad makes the same points:

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Cosmopolitan Wishes Perez Hilton Would Stop Pitching His Own Stories on Twitter

Today we learned that Cosmopolitan speaks for the common man in that the mag’s social team has had quite enough of newly thin/always shameless gossip blogger Perez Hilton (and his little dog, too).

Who knew?!

A note to other people who do the thing that Perez does: the act of tweeting links at someone only works if you have a pre-existing relationship with that person. Even then, it can still be very annoying.

Important Things to Remember.

Top 7 ‘PR Case Study’ Names We Never Want to Hear in 2014

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You may have missed it (lucky you), but lots of PR-ready news stories went down this year. Some were ridiculous, some were inspiring, some were cringe-worthy “teaching moments” and some were held up as “let’s figure out how this person got so successful so we can quantify it” case studies. We posted on every one of them at some point, and for that we offer our profoundest apologies—but they were trending at the time, and this is how the blog game works.

Here’s the point: after performing some in-depth research, we decided that 2013 gave us more than enough news and analysis regarding these seven people, and we’d prefer to hear absolutely nothing about them in 2014. In fact, we think we can distill the “lessons” learned from each case into a single sentence.

Click through for what we hope will be one last glimpse at those who have (almost) nothing to teach the rest of us.

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11 Things the Media Does That Piss Off PR

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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:

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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.”

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NBC Sports Radio Jokes About Sexual Assault

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:

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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:

Good to know, but that’s still poor sportsmanship all around.

(H/T to our anonymous tipster)

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