I hate PR people.
I can say that because I am one, but also because those of you who do blogger and media relations disappoint me—greatly.
These days it’s rare for me to go out with friends without hearing a story of how a PR person didn’t do his or her research, or prepare a client for an interview before approaching a blogger or social media influencer.
In fact, it’s become a game to see who can tell me the worst story. Their ultimate goal is to hear me yell, “I hate PR people!”
Unfortunately, it’s a refrain both my friends and Arment Dietrich team hear a lot.
The auto show
Take the Chicago Auto Show, for instance. Its PR people invited a handful of social media influencers as media to a dinner and the show’s opening without explaining why. From my purview, it looks like the PR people went to the Social Media Club website, downloaded a list of its former and current board members, and invited those people.