10 signs you’re an old-school PR pro
You remember clip books that were actual books, and fax machines that were absolutely revolutionary.
Can you imagine pitching media without email or distributing a press
release without online forms? Think about how long that would take.
It’s been less than 20 years since people started adopting Web-based
email as one of their main forms of communication, and using the
Internet as the tool to do everything from read a trade publication to
download a virtual press kit.
Some of the tools and activities of veteran public relations
professionals would seem foreign to those entering the workforce today.
For those of you who’ve been in PR for a while, you know you’re old when
1. Stuffing envelopes.
And snail mailing press releases.
2. Blasting client news via fax.
It seemed like a revelation.
3. Editing press releases
—with red pens and proofreader’s marks.
4. Mailing press kit folders instead of virtual ones
—not to mention attaching executive photos, business cards, etc.
5. Conducting press tours
6. Clipping client media coverage.
This meant physically cutting
newspaper and magazine articles and pasting them onto a piece of paper
for clip books, which you bound into physical books and sent in the mail
7. Your clients went to COMDEX instead of CES.
8. Flipping through Bacon’s Directories.
That was how you found media contact information.
9. Checking into the office meant calling from a landline, maybe even a pay phone.
It didn’t mean accessing email or voice messages on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
10. Scheduling meetings on a Palm Pilot.
What other “old school” tools and activities do you remember?
Michelle Sieling is an account manager at Vantage Communications.
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