BP Takes Page From The Pentagon’s Playbook, Denies Access To The Press

According to Newsweek, BP, the U.S. Coast Guard and locals now employed in the Deepwater Horizon cleanup effort are working hard to keep the press, especially photojournalists, away from the spill. More than a month into the disaster, a host of anecdotal evidence is emerging from reporters, photographers, and TV crews in which BP and […]

G Series Is For Athletes That Need To “Prime. Perform. Recover.”

Did you know that Gatorade is no longer a sports drink company? That’s right, Gatorade is now a sports performance innovator. What the hell am I talking about? Hell if I know. But let’s tune in to these new spots from TBWA Worldwide and begin to decipher the changes. Okay, I get it now. Gatorade […]

For BP, Environmental Disaster Equals Business Disaster

I haven’t purchased gas or anything else from Exxon since the Valdez spill. Sadly, it’s time to add BP to the list of companies I boycott. According to Los Angeles Times, BP has spent heavily to position itself as an environmentally friendly company, redesigning its logo into a green-and-yellow sunburst and advertising its $4-billion alternative-energy […]

That Looks Like Variety’s Dinner They’re Eating

LA Times entertainment reporter, Patrick Goldstein, is on a story that sheds light on one of my favorite topics–the lingering sense of entitlement in managers of businesses being forever altered by the Web. My sources at a number of different studios say that Variety Editor Tim Gray and various entertainment reporters at the trade have […]

Small Businesses Don’t Like Rogue Consumers’ Negative Opinions

Consumer generated content gets a lot of media attention these days, but there’s one form of CGC that’s generating bad feelings and legal action. According to The New York Times, consumer review site, Yelp, has been hit with three class-action lawsuits from businesses claiming that Yelp sales representatives tried to press the businesses into advertising […]

Embargoes Are Requests No One Wants To Honor

It’s obvious that PR agents need a new and improved way of spreading their client’s stories. Take a look: Share

Why Draw Attention To The Problem? Because, There’s No Hiding From It.

Jim Edwards at BNET reports that Saatchi & Saatchi worldwide chairman Bob Seelert thinks Toyota should stop advertising until it gets its house in order, but the company says it will ignore its agency’s advice and continue to advertise. “Such a public disconnect on strategy between a senior agency official and a global client is […]

How To Pitch A Story

As Editor of this site, I’m pitched all day long, but I can’t recall ever being pitched in the fashion above. [via So Cal PR Blog] Share

Add A-List Agencies To The Long List of A-List Celebs, A-List Bloggers, et al

People like lists. That’s the word around the media company water cooler. People especially like lists when they appear on them. For instance, look at the lead to this press release from Weber Shandwick: Weber Shandwick, a leading global public relations firm, was today named to Advertising Age’s esteemed Agency “A-List”. As the only PR […]

The State Dept. Google Is Not

Google believes in the power of good. That’s why they’re guided by Sergey’s Don’t Be Evil philosophy. It’s a great ideal, but one that can be tough to uphold in an international business setting. You have to really mean it when you put ideas like that into your charter. According to David Drummond, SVP, Corporate […]