Friday, May 14th, 2010

List of PR Firms Currently Banned From My Inbox

BLOCKEDHere is the current list of PR companies that are blocked on my Gmail. Offenses by these firms in recent email subject lines include: "Heads Up – Hybrid gets a makeover," "Miss USA 2010 Odds: Louisiana's contestant will be crowned on Sunday!," "Story Idea: Get Carrie'd away with these delicious low calorie Sex and the City Cocktails!!," "Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka Celebrates One-Millionth Bottle," "Recall: The future of Post-Kate Dancing with the Stars," "Is Jane Lynch really rocking a $395 engagement ring?," "Blog Material – Jennie Garth in Grand Central Station" and "Is "Brexting" the New Break-Up?" Oh and who can forget: "Snooki's Diet Weapon: COOKIES!" I welcome communications from these firms and any others when they stop spamming me.

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'brexting' = :(

sox (#652)

this fucking week. right?

Van Buren Boy (#1,233)

But what are those "low calorie Sex and City Cocktails"?!? The suspense is killing me.

Evie (#3,227)

I have a similar list, but I would also like to hear more about this cookie approach.

Rod T (#33)

"How to decrease your media footprint."

"Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka Celebrates One-Millionth Bottle with Bottle of Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka"

David Cho (#3)

I really like "brexting", both as a term and as a thing to do.

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

I "heart" Jennie Garth!

wb (#2,214)

I didn't make the list? Clearly, I haven't been sending you guys enough crap.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I had fun imagining each of those as an Awl piece.

"How to Mix a Fucking Sex and the City Cocktail"


"How to Eat a Fucking Cookie"

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

"The Youngs Just Mashing Random Words Together With 'Texting' to Fuck with Us Now"

Crantastical (#4,127)

Paddy Power?!? Is that an irish slur?

It's an Irish institution! They sponsor the elections.

audrey (#1,332)

Yes, 5wpr is the worst! Although I did enjoy the recent subject line (caps theirs): "PLUS SIZE CLOTHING FOR WOMEN – HOW ABOUT A STORY ?"

Jessica Gottlieb (#4,971)

Today I had a PR firm send me a website mockup as well as a three page questionnaire asking what I thought of it.

PR sucks.

Danny Brown (#4,972)

Just curious – you do contact these firms first and offer ways they could approach you better, right?

Liz Pope (#4,974)

To add to Danny's question, do you have a list of PR firms/pros that you have successfully worked with in the past, and if so, can you offer a few tips on how those relationships were built?

Dan Kois (#646)

Could you fill out this three-page questionnaire letting us know ways we could serve you better?

Daniel Durazo (#4,976)

When it comes to PR pitches, technology is really a double edged sword.

Backslider (#819)

At the 5wpr website I learned that it is the "13th largest INDEPENDENT PR firm in the US." This is the first salient fact they present about their firm. Looks to me like they're headed straight for the number 14 slot.

Gail Parenteau (#5,086)

I think this screen grab is bogus and challenge "Chiore" or whoever the AWL is to contact me personally. Parenteau Guidance is a sole proprietorship and to my knowledge, no one has spammed or spoofed my email. I do not share lists, and, upon examination do not have you or this blog on any. Are you listing as some other media description that is causing reputable PR firms like the Rosen Group and 5WPR to contact you? I challenge you to contact me directly – you have my email and I'm listed if you Google – and tell me what you think you received from me that is so off-Topic. We represent The Village Voice Obie Awards, Tell Me Press, Lola Astanova, Roshumba Williams, NYC Marines Mess Night Dinner, Hooters Calendar and NYC Restaurant and many other cool projects.

It's never the intent of PR to waste your time and ours. I suspect we all cringe to full in-boxes with inappropriate pitches -no we don't want to buy Viagra, real estate, make money at home or go see a band we don't represent.

I don't think PR people fall into this category, so if you are really a journalist, perhaps investigating would have been a better solution. As a PR stunt, you are a success! You got my attention. Gail Parenteau

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