Crossroads PR, a provider of strategic public relations counsel and services, today announced growth in 2006 marked by new client relationships, the addition of several employees and larger office space.
During 2006, Crossroads expanded its client base with the addition of several new clients.
In order to continue growing and expanding services offered to its client base, Crossroads extended its employee headcount welcoming two new account executives, a senior account executive and an account coordinator [bringing the all-girl agency to 9 employees]. To accommodate this aggressive growth, the company tripled its overall space by moving to a new office in downtown Raleigh near Moore Square.
“Our clients have come to know us as experts in providing strategic PR to technology and other B2B companies,” stated Shawn Ramsey, president and founder of Crossroads Public Relations. “As such, it has been our goal over the past year to build a diverse group of individuals with complementary experience and skill sets to meet the needs of those clients.”
Business partners Shawn Ramsey and Kristi Lee have plans to continue growing the four year old company with the addition of new employees as client demand permits.
“We are pleased with the success Crossroads experienced in 2006 and intend to continue moving forward in 2007,” said Ramsey.
For the record, the real story here is that Moore Square is home to Raleigh's beloved half-ton copper acorn. Designed to commemorate the city's bicentennial, today this monstrosity is said to bring good luck.
Posted by Amanda Chapel Wednesday, February 21, 2007
That's it. I’ve had it. I quit!!
Okay, deep breath. Where’s this coming from? Have you ever been to that place where something seems so hopeless that you can literally taste it? Like stale sourdough bread. Well, that's where my head is today with regard to the PR business and Strumpette for that matter. PR is so beyond ridiculous. Fact is, it’s beyond shameless. What’s the point?! That is the point!
I am literally writing this on the floor. I pretty much have lost the will to live. Perhaps the Strumpette exorcise (with an “o”) has been a total waste, a mere homage to the vanities. That’s so depressing. It is/was the good fight but maybe it’s time to throw in the towel.
Another deep breath… followed by a long exasperated sigh. Apparently, my week here has gotten off to a bad start. Ya think? As some of you know, I'm still reeling from having lost my friend Ronn Torossian to “youth” porn. Very depressing. He’s the next generation and I had such high hopes. But in retrospect, what’s more depressing is that this is not an isolated incident. He clearly makes that point in his rebuttal. Sadly, it underscores what PR has become today, i.e. an industry without a conscience or soul. Anything goes. One can never be out of bounds in a place without moral boundaries. Frankly, it is worse than even that. Today, fucked-up behavior pays! How much free publicity did Britney just get for shaving her head and readmitting herself to rehab? Immeasurable. Priceless.
Why is that? Well, it’s partially a cultural thing. And on the road to ubiquitous PR, the model disintegrated. Here, fundamentally it used to be: Popularity got you laid. Getting laid led to opportunities. Opportunities led to cash flow. Cash used correctly could bolster popularity. Repeat cycle.
The operative word is “popularity.” See, there once were moral standards. Someone did something heinous; they ended up in the Book of the Dead. Today, they’re likely in Oprah’s Book Club. Today, just plain exposure is confused for popularity. Hey, Strumpette has more than 600 friends on MySpace. Not really sure what the hell that even means.
It is in that context that “beyond ridicule” comes into play. We’ve sold our clients on the value of general awareness and simultaneously spun our moral compass right out the window. The new model is: Ink, ink, ink... exposure equals celebrity. Celebrity will get one laid. That invariable will dramatically increase the parade (of Chris Hansen pervs actually, but what the hell). And that will likely get you a guest spot on Oprah. Book sales will skyrocket. It's sad but true.
Here’s an example: We were going to write a story about Maggie Chamberlin Holben today. Damn that shameless minx. If you recall, a few months ago we wrote a story about Maggie titled, "Colorado Businesswomen Busted for Public Self Gratification." Totally embarrassing, not like marketing porn to youth, mind you, but still. We ridiculed Maggie strongly for her having broadly distributed a press release announcing pathetically that she had been quoted in the paper. What utter crap. The news was only that Mags had been was mentioned in the news! We teased her incessantly and said that “according to our sources, Maggie is presently considering a press release about having distributed her press release.” Well, sure enough… she did it again:
For the record, that’s incurable. So is Torossian. Why? Simple game theory: when everyone is cheating and there’s no negative consequence for the behavior, it short order; everyone will cheat at the game. It’s a competitive advantage and the rules are lowered to accommodate it. It’s the psychology of looting. In that context, morals are a huge burden. That’s about where we are as an industry.
Can we be shamed into good behavior? Hmmmm… doesn’t look like it. I think we may be beyond that. In the past Torossian would have dropped the Girls Gone Wild account faster than you can say “anal.” Maggie certainly would have learned from her mistake rather than celebrate it.
Frankly, I think the effectiveness of public ridicule is all but dead. Hey, I don’t think it’s even possible to defame a PR person. First, for the obvious reason, you can’t insult someone that low, technically speaking; but more importantly, there's no damage. Ridicule just leads to more general awareness which will invariably lead to more business.
On Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 7:41 AM, Ronn Torossian, President and CEO of 5WPR, emphatically promised that he was going to sue us. No real reason, he was just irritated by our teasing him about getting in bed with pornographer Joe Francis. Anyway, Ronn gave his obscenity-laced word that we'd see the complaint in 72 hours. It's now late by
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