The increased profile and readership of this blog has raised my distaste for the lazy public relations hacks who pepper me with pitches for products and services that are in no way consistent with my editorial focus.
Here are a couple of off-target missives from December:
--A new flavor of chewing gum infused with vitamins
--Gambling trends among China's working class
--A Web enabled garage door system
I'm a PR person by training, so I would like to think I am more tolerant than your typical journalist who has spent a career wading through this stuff. Yet, even I am tempted to reply with a curt inquiry about whether the hack in question has actually read a post before sticking me on their spam...er...distribution list.
Today brought a bright light of encouragement that all is not lost in the world of blogger relations. I've included below an exchange I had with Sean McVey of Hinge Marketing, whose thoughtful and targeted pitch will most likely lead me to invest time in writing a review of the book he's pushing.
The third-party credibility and awareness garnered from effective public relations remains incredibly valuable and contributes to the success of an organization. Like all things worth having, it just takes an investment of time, thinking and consideration to get it right.
Good show, Sean!
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