Well here's some good news: Looks like our friend Kevin Dill over at PRNN has cut a deal with Marketwire. Fantastic!
Marketwire Acquires Leading Social Media News Network
LOS ANGELES - Marketwire, a full-service newswire solutions provider, has announced an agreement to acquire Press Release News Network (PRNN), one of the leading social and multimedia press release distribution networks.
The acquisition gives Marketwire a unique capability in the burgeoning social media area. PRNN's reach into the SM channels is unparalleled. The network includes all U.S. metropolitan areas, as well as 92 countries and 1,000 international cities. PRNN also has roughly 25,000 RSS feeds. PRNN is also optimized for all the major search engines. The network is indexed in nine languages on sites like Yahoo! Japan, Yahoo! China, Google India and others.
"A majority of our clients are looking at social media as the new channel for communicating their messages globally," said Thom Brodeur, senior vice president, global strategy & development for Marketwire. "Now with he acquisition of PRNN, we can reach the audiences they care about most, anywhere in the world, anytime, and in a format that social media embraces."
In addition to the largest social media distribution network, PRNN has exclusive rights to press release distribution through Second Life. Other proprietary features of PRNN include: PRWizardT -- a social media press release development tool, and PRStatsT -- a tracking tool that displays how effectively search engines are indexing a release. Additionally, all audio and podcast links in a social media release over the PRNN network are automatically sent to the Apple iTunes PRNN channel for additional exposure and availability.
Kevin Dill, founder of PRNN, said. "The opportunity to work with such a talented team with a focus on delivering valuable next-gen social and multimedia products was an opportunity I just couldn't pass up. I am excited to call Marketwire home and to see the PRNN vision fully realized."
Congratulations Kevin. Continued success.
PS A testimonial: We've used PRNN on a number of occasions and they've doubled our news pickup.
Know someone who's received dubious recognition in the PR business? Well, here's your chance to give them their due. We are pleased to announce a call for nominees for the first annual PR Douche-Bag Award.
Inspired by industry notables such as Rick French, CEO of French|West|Vaughn, Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR, Joe Thornley, CEO of Thorney Fallus, and, of course, Steve Rubel, SVP of Edelman PR... the PR Douche-Bag Award (PRDBA) will be given out annually to that special someone who has significantly contributed to the present perception of the public relations profession by "participating in the promotion of issues that meet the special informational and educational needs of almost no one globally."
Judging Criteria: Like the business of PR itself, judging this award will be more art than science. Technically speaking, "douche bag" is used colloquially as a lightly critical term to describe someone who is less premeditated than an asshole. It connotes someone who is generally inappropriate, a little slow and has at least an unconscious predisposition for sleazy.
Regrettably, as there is no barrier to entry to the PR business, almost any gomes can be nominated. However, we are going to try to limit this to PR's truly extraordinary DBs. We are looking for those select small, self important, arrogant, head-up-their-ass individuals who are so much of a douche bag as to take it to another level altogether, i.e. we're looking for the super huge douche bag more commonly referred to today as "d-bag squared."
Nomination Procedures: Any individual in the PR business may nominate a candidate. Each nomination must include a letter summarizing the candidate's qualifications, no longer than two typed pages that address the judging criteria. Two letters that second the nomination must accompany each nomination. The letters need to substantively address the criteria for the award. One of the seconding letters must come from a non PRSA member.
Deadline: The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2007.
Judging Procedures: Based on the number of nominations, we will select the top ten PR industry douche bags. We will then post a poll on Strumpette and allow for open voting.
Award Gala: The DB Award Gala will be held at the National Press Club
in Washington, DC on September 20 from 7:00 - 10 p.m. Hosted by the National Capital Chapter of Strumpettes, we are expecting the event to sell out attracting the best and brightest from top communications agencies, corporations, government organizations, associations and non-profits from throughout the Capital region.
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