Posted by Mark Abrams
Paul Gillin Is Smarter Than You, Says He
IT'S SETTLED! After years of knuckleheads jockeying for position, Paul Gillin, tech industry writer/commenter turned PR guy and blogger, has emerged the smartest man in PR. And he'll tell ya that, too!
Paul's background speaks for itself: He joined Computerworld as a staff writer in 1982 and covered software for a couple years. Then in '85, he jumped ship and went with PC Week for a little while. In '86 he moved over to the Ziff startup Digital Review only to return to Computerworld in '87. Stayed there until the bubble was about to break in '99. Then went to a startup called SearchHiTech.com. Renamed TechTarget, he ended up staying there 'til late in '05. During that time, Paul helped the company launch new sites, build its conference business and expand into print publishing and events. Paul says he "made the leap to new media just as the Internet was about to explode." More recently, he says he's "taken up blogging and podcasting in an effort to continue to learn about the cutting edge of technology innovation."
Pretty damn impressive by PR 2.0 standards. But if that's not enough, Paul is currently making the rounds trying to promote his new book "The New Influencers." It is another introduction to new media that again explains a variety of social media applications. Paul's book is different though because it includes his opinion as to their impact (note: a glossary is also provided).
So... how did he emerge as PR's Smartest Man? Well, as we said in the headline, he told us. In a recent byline puff-piece for Lapdog, the PR industry's leading sycophant trade, Paul addressed the "Five 'Stupid' Reasons to Avoid Social Media." And how does he know? Well, obviously because he's smarter. In Paul's words: "In my presentations to PR groups and companies around the country, I hear the same objections come up repeatedly. Here are the five dumbest reasons I hear for continued inaction."
See... of ALL the people Paul has met in PR, he's smart; they're dumb. And he's VERY clear in his article as to why:
Posted by Sheryl Dickerhoof, APR
Most Prestigious PR Award of the Year; Last Chance to Vote
Can we be honest? Totally between you and me? I am absolutely sporting falsies on the first date. To tell the truth, Mother Nature has been kind (modestly). But seriously, a little enhancement to the eyes and boobulars goes a long way as to first impressions. Besides, statistically speaking, NO ONE is going to take a base let alone hit a homer on the first pitch.
ANYWAY, this ain't about that specifically. This is actually a plug for the Falsies, one of the PR industry's most prestigious awards. At the end of each year, the Center for Media and Democracy holds the "Falsies Awards" to "recognize the people and players in the business that take spin and propaganda to new lows."
And 2007 gave us a bumper crop. Just to name a few:
Posted by Mark Abrams
IRVINE, Calif. /PRNewsSpreader/ - MWW Group, an agency claiming to be one of the top ten PR firms in the U.S., today announced the promotion of Debby Vudhivadhana to account supervisor.
Debby, who joined the agency earlier this year, has "during her tenure become a key team leader on marquis accounts and has proven invaluable in attracting new business."
Mark Corbae, Senior Vice President of MWW actually said: "Debby has consistently shown the ability to adeptly align public relations strategy with client objectives. Her strong experience leading public relations campaigns for technology companies and her unsurpassed dedication to clients makes her invaluable to the team. We look forward to her continued contributions as a key part of the Irvine office."
Prior to joining the agency, Debby had been an AE at Integrity PR in California. Vudhivadhana got a BA in Communications from Cal State Fullerton.
About MWW Group
Headquartered in East Rutherford, N.J., MWW Group is a full-service ambiguous marketing company that conspires, contrives, maneuvers, plots, and solicits influence primarily in the areas of consumer marketing, corporate communications, investor relations, government relations, technology, and healthcare (other areas TBD). The agency represents such companies as Sun Microsystems; Samsung; McDonald's; Nikon; Bally Total Fitness; Sara Lee; Volkswagen; and Verizon. The agency is headed by Michael Kempner, a big Hillary booster, who gained national recognition in 2007 for his support of Blogola, a scheme his firm devised on behalf of Nikon to bribe Web blog authors to write positive stories in exchange for "loaner" cameras.
Posted by Brian Connolly
Pander: To cater to the lower tastes and desires of others in order to exploit their weaknesses.
One of the greatest weaknesses of the Web 2 "revolution" is just how much the online "community" subtly, passively, fosters pandering. It's awful. You want Rubel-Scoble-Penelope-Trunk-like numbers, do as they do: tell your audience what they want to hear. Tell 'em they're smart, influential, talented, whatever. Further, throw a little "link love" their way. God, it's just sickening. Worse yet, most offenders don't even realize they're doing it. It's the culture.
With that in mind, regrettably I'm gonna call a friend to task here. I really like Mark Ragan, CEO of Ragan Communications. That's why I am so incredibly disappointed by a recent video of his on MyRaganTV. "Banned from the Blogosphere" does absolutely nothing but pander to the junior-most levels of the PR business.
Anyway, Mark asked that I comment on MyRagan. But for what? For an audience that's comforted by pandering?! Forget it. The ear for challenge, if there is one, is right here.
Here's what I had to say to Mark directly.
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