According to reports from the BBC, the Times of London, and postings on several influential U.K. blogs, the Brits have succumbed to what was thought to be a very American affliction: PR obsession. Ali Miraj, an Asian businessman who is an unsuccessful politico, has accused Conservative party leader David Cameron of being ‘PR obsessed’ when he visited Rwanda rather than attending to his rain-soaked constituents.
The charge by Miraj led Cameron to strike back and accuse his accuser of extorting him for “peerage,” while posts on news blogs mulled the fate of the nation succumbing to “PR over substance.” The Man in a Shed blog breaks down several versions of the story as reported by the BBC and outlines seemingly obvious bias in reporting.
What is really going on here? For insight Strumpette turned to Preston Romley, the British public relations counselor extraordinaire who was formerly known as the Lord of Ping in his hometown Essex-on-Thames. Lord Romley settled in Las Vegas two years ago but he counsels several well-known American conglomerates on understanding British impulses and how to deal with the notoriously persnickety UK press.
Managing a micro-business has its advantages. I make all the decisions and I get all the micro-money. One disadvantage is there's no one to talk to. So, I talk to my cats. They show only minimal interest, being cats, but sometimes I use them as a sounding board. And when they suffer from insomnia, I tell them stories such as the following.
I'd always pictured conventions – I mean conferences – through the lens of Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners: mostly a lot of drinking with fellow Raccoon Lodge members from all across the country. Once again, cold hard reality disappoints. Conferences are a lot less fun that you might imagine.
In June, I attended Bulldog Reporter's Media Relations Summit 2007 in Washington, D.C. It had been a long time since I experienced a conference as an attendee instead of a worker. Attendees totally have it knocked. All they have to do is spend a small fortune in conference fees, endure the post 9/11 air travel gauntlet, choke down mediocre hotel luncheons, and stay awake during sessions of uneven quality.
I came away with information of varying degrees of utility, a nice zippered bag, a giant paper-crammed binder I will never open, and a whole bunch of giveaway pens. I like pens.
The Bulldog happened at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, which appears to be a series of unrelated buildings connected together by demented contractors. The place embodies the word "sprawling," accommodating several conferences simultaneously. I sat through a half day of fascinating sessions on dementia before I realized I was missing the PR conference.
I came away with a better appreciation for social media, blogging, and immersive "metaverse" environments such as Second Life. (If you ever want to hang out there with me, look for a naked furry named "Norm.")
I also learned that there are a whole passel of "wires" you can use to distribute your news releases. There's PR Newswire, Marketwire, Medialink, Business Wire, PrimeNewswire, HighWire, GuyWire, and MarkMcGwire. All of them gave out very nice pens.
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
Kathleen Durazo about A Measly $2.8 Million Goes Missing, Lawsuit Results Fri, Jul 31, 10:58:34 AM Ray Durazo (the founder) sold the company to Dan in 1999. He was not involved in any of this. He (and I) found out about the lawsuit in the LA Times. In addition to embezzling this m [...]