Monday, 1 February 2010

PR Spam - An Inconvenient Truth

“PR people are doing themselves a disservice when they just treat journalists and bloggers like cattle. Every time I get an email pitch it reminds me that I’m being treated like cattle. Especially when I get together with Arrington and Malik and Lacy and other bloggers and we see that we got the same pitch. Moooooo!” Robert Scoble

An Inconvenient PR Truth from RealWire on Vimeo.

One of the biggest and most common incrimination that journalists have made against PR practitioners over the years has been the massive amount of spamming that some of the latter tend to indulge themselves in. Millions of press releases are sent every year to publications and journalists that have no connection to the subject or target audience in matter.  

Realwire chief executive Adam Parke, with the support of several important names in the industry, has launched a campaign entitled An Inconvenient PR truth, aimed at regulating the way journalists - online and offline - should be approached by PR professionals. The campaign's objective is to reduce what has become a true disease inside the industry -irrelevant and untargeted PR practices, otherwise known as PR spam.

The campaigns' key element is a ‘bill of rights' suggesting exactly the ways in which the dynamics between journalists and PR practitioners wishing to contact them should be conducted. To read its provisions click here

This campaign can turn out be an important step in improving the relationship between PR pros and journalists, which, although it's defined on mutual dependence, it's also a rather conflictual one. And this isn't a secret to anyone mildly related to either industry. It might even lead to some kind of reciprocation, a code of how journalist should use the information they are getting (and using) from those press releases. In a perfect world that is.

And, who knows, if it expands outside its current national UK borders, the campaign could help demystify some of that villain image that PR has been wrapped in for a while now. Might work as a bit of reputation PR on the industry itself.

However, the really big question here is whether this can go even further and become a step towards regulating public relations as a profession. Because at the end of the day, that is really the burning issue that modern PR is facing.

But I guess I'm getting ahead of myself here - the campaign has only been launched yesterday. Still, it does seem like a nice thought to have.

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Ralu said...

interesting campaign. let us know the results...

Roxana said...

It started out as pretty controversial campaign. Check out , it's interesting to see some of the reactions it stirred.

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