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Good Story, Bad "Invisible PR,"

There’s nothing like getting a story in a big paper about a client or your business. As the press grows more and more hyper-local with each passing day, PR people always need to be thinking of great local angles to make the story work for both the reporter and the client.

Another great thing about PR is to make sure the client or business is the story, not the pitch or the PR person. The Bad Pitch Blog detailed a great example of a pitch so good, it became part of the story. But it worked all the same.

armour-btr.jpgSo, yes, there are times when you have to break those rules to help get the story told. And that’s why my goofy face is plastered on the Your Business Solutions section of today’s Akron Beacon Journal.

Caller, You’re on the Air“, by Beacon Journal business writer, Paula Schleis, sums BlogTalkRadio up with this subhead: ALL YOU NEED IS A PHONE, COMPUTER.

Since becoming the public relations coordinator for BlogTalkRadio in August, Luke Armour said the Web site — which allows people to host their own free, live call-in talk shows — has surprised him in two ways: What it’s used for. What it’s not used for…

[and my all time favorite quote] ”You can host a show talking about your cat if you want,” he said.

Read the rest of the article > >

Hey, if it works, it works. I was pleased I had something to offer. I was pleased I could help craft this story with a local journalist. And I was really pleased that there was coverage of BTR and it was good.

Not so pleased about me becoming the “basement blogger” stereotype, but, hey, at least I’m wearing pants.

Or am I?

The sidebar of the article details some of the fun content on the network.

Photo by Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal


The Rundown with Media Relations and The Bad Pitch Bloggers

Kevin “The Doog” Dugan and Richard Laermer hop on to give me down low of media relations and the Bad Pitch Blog on The Rundown. As always, The Rundown is my weekly LIVE podcast featuring an analysis or summary of something by a knowledgeable person – and me – hosted on BlogTalkRadio.

We’ll be discussing media relations in both tradition and new mediums, the bad pitches that arise, the breaking point for journalists and the good PR pros left holding the broken pieces of our industry.

And we’ll be doing it without so much hyperbole, I hope. I’ve painstakingly researched my guests by clipping bios from other sites. They are:

Kevin Dugan, director of marketing communications for FRCH Design Worldwide. Prior to this, he spent eight years with HSR Business to Business—a full-service marketing communications agency. The last 15 years have found Kevin Dugan managing public relations efforts everywhere from the factory floor to the boardroom for some of the biggest business to business brands. Hooked on the internet since 1995 (wth?), Dugan created Strategic Public Relations in July of 2002 and Fast Company magazine selected him to post at their blog, FC Now in 2004 and 2005. An accredited professional through PRSA, Kevin’s work helped earn Silver and Bronze Anvil awards from PRSA and an award from PR Week.


Richard Laermer, an expert in marketing and media – so he says – and a former magazine and newspaper journalist. Author of Full Frontal PR, trendSpotting, and four other nonfiction collectibles. He’s CEO, RLM pr, an agency that practices gospel of Punk, has consulted for Fujifilm, Barnes & Noble, Consumer Reports, Time Inc., Discovery Health Channel, plus lots of grateful people, co-hosted critically-acclaimed, ratings-challenged TLC program Taking Care of Business. Hobbies include: rewriting his bio and judging a book by its covers.

The Rundown airs on Tuesdays at 1:30pm Eastern. Because it’s live, your calls are welcome. Call in live at (646) 716-8329 or send me your text or audio comments before the show and I’ll play them. The archives will be available at my BlogTalkRadio host page or by subscribing to the show’s RSS feed or at iTunes.

Listen to the Archive from BlogTalkRadio:

The Newspaper Dichotomy

I just recently found the American Journalism Review and am obsessed with it. Lately I’ve noticed that I’m becoming more and more fascinated by the journalism side of our jobs. There are so many reasons this could be, most of it is my profession. Kevin Dugan has had a lot to do with it, too.

The article “Center Stage” really intrigued me. It’s about how four large newspapers are coping with print and online, merging the two, and keeping the whole machine running. It’s amazing. Check it out.

Really puts into perspective the journalism dichotomy of print vs. online and how we as PR pros need to understand the flip side of the coin…or the third side of our triangle, if you’d rather.