Wal-Mart War Room Needs Combatants

On the surface Wal-Mart is a place to buy cheap tube socks. But scratch that surface and the Bentonville, AR multi-national is a Goliath, with a steady stream of incoming rocks slung by a nation of Davids. One of those highly organized group of Davids is Wal-Mart Watch. The group recently got its hands on […]

Blogging Your Way To The Boardroom

From PR Week: During the nascent days of blogging, when both emerging and large corporations were firing staffers for blogging-related offenses, the jury was out on whether blogging was a nefarious habit, to be hidden when applying for jobs, or a positive career move. The recent ascension of two high-profile bloggers – Steve Rubel, formerly […]

Rubel Untainted In Wal-Mart Blog Scandal

Wal-Mart has been working with right wing bloggers. It’s a story. Some are up in arms over it. I don’t know who exactly, but I trust they’re out there and that they’re fuming. Edelman, the PR firm that handles the Wal-Mart account is at the center of this debate. Especially so, due to the fact […]

Monetize Me!

People are thinking a lot about how to monetize “new” media, such as podcasts and blogs. Well, prepare for a game-changing bomb drop right here on AdPulp. What I’m talking about is monetizing old media; namely, me. Case Study: Gavin Gavin is a 14-year-old developmentally disabled boy who lives in my neighborhood. For a few […]

No Vendor

Gracenet founder, Sylvia Paull, knows how to say no to a client. Sign up for lessons here: I like to help make strategy, not be told what I’m supposed to do as part of someone else’s strategy, especially when people don’t know what they are doing and think they do. I’ve had many startup guys […]

Citibankers Up A Creek

Boing Boing is running a customer service horror story about Citibank. Citibank customer Jake Appelbaum tried to withdraw cash with his ATM card on Saturday night in Toronto. The ATM machine rejected the transaction and urged Applebaum to contact his financial institution. When he did, he discoverd his problems were part of a much larger […]

Journalists Write For “The Customer” First

Jefferson George writing to Jim Romenesko: I was a newspaper reporter for six years before taking my first (and only) PR job, which I had for four years. Despite a comfortable salary and impressive VP title, I left PR about six months ago and returned to newspapers — Knight Ridder, no less — at arguably […]

Will Paid Word-of-Mouth Do The Trick?

From Ad Age: Troubled by the worsening reputation of drug companies that is ranked just above tobacco and oil manufacturers, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline is out to win over a skeptical public — by turning its entire sales force into a PR machine. In an unprecedented mission, the $35.4 billion pharmaceutical giant has quietly anointed its […]