Does the messenger deserve all the blame?

If you ask the Center for Media and Democracy, the answer would seem to be yes. Again, the CMD, a.k.a. PR Watch up in the great city of Madison, Wis., has again taken on VNRs trying to get the U.S. FCC to do two things: 1) Tracking VNRs that are sent out by PR firms,…


Other great points . . .

(UPDATED: 1 p.m. 5/26/06 with (an)other great point.) For your reading, browsing, thinking and amusement, I present to you: Garfield, Why Don’t You Call?, Mike Manuel/Media Guerrilla. (Who says it’s a “dog-eat-dog world”?) Good News for Fran O’Brien’s?, Fuzzilicious Thinking. (More on the future of Fran O’Briens, the former Capital Hilton restaurant that served free…


It’s all about the E

Overstock.com has it wrong. It’s not about the “O.” It’s talking about the wrong end. It’s all about the E. As in EGO. No matter what line of business or what aspect of work you are in, to be successful, you need to appeal to others’ egos. That is one of the core principles in…


Battling back with blogs

Some say that blogging will lead to the downfall of public relations, or something drastic like that. Not surprisingly, I disagree. Blogs, as we pretty much all know, are a great way — though, just one way — for companies to enhance their relationships with customers, prospects, influencers, vendors and even the media. And, yes,…


Do we really need to define ‘blog’?

Microsoft’s Robert Scoble generated some interesting discussion about what a blog is. Essentially, according to Scoble, for a blog to be a blog, it must contain: 1) Ease of publishing. 2) Discoverability. (Pings weblogs.com or technorati or another ping server). 3) Conversationality. (Trackbacks or as-they-happen referer logs, or now being part of Technorati and other…


Fixing the newspaper biz

Okay, I’m not so high-and-mighty to think I have all the answers. Just some opinions and pointers to others with good opinions. For the other pointers, see Scott Baradell/IdeaGrove and the exchange with Mark Cuban. (Yes, that Mark Cuban). Editors Weblog‘s Online magazine lessons for newspapers has good points, in comparing-contrasting what Slate does and…


Perks of the job

Depending on your clients, if you work in public relations or a similar field, you’ll often work with different levels of “celebrities.” Local. Business/Industry. Political. National. More often than not (at least in my experience), they are usually very nice, professional, civil and sometimes friendly. Sunday night in working with a local sports team, I…


DCX media blog: ‘glad we didn’t back down’

Last fall, DaimlerChrysler’s North American operations received a lot of criticism and bashing for the Sept. 12 launch of its media-only blog: www.thefirehouse.biz. (See my post here for background and early details.) After a bit of e-mail correspondence with Editor Ed Garsten — former Detroit bureau chief for CNN and Detroit News automotive reporter —…


Do what you want to do

No one does anything that he/she doesn’t want to do. If you think about that statement, there’s no arguing it. (Try me if you doubt.) And, for many things, we’re not going to do something without some self-satisfaction. Blogging is a prime example. How do you measure satisfaction? (You could also call it boosting your…


Other great points

For your browsing, reading and pondering pleasure, I offer you: Looks like Hilton Hotels is saying good bye to Fran O’Brien’s at its Capital Hilton as the lights go out. For earlier information, see here. Big mistake on Hilton’s part, and I can’t believe another DC hotel hasn’t jumped on this opportunity. Microsoft, Times demo…