Our Blog ~ Pros and Cons

Pros and cons will discuss the good and bad in marketing, media and politics. It will also feature marketing tips and whatever else we’re in the mood for posting.

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June 6, 2013

The eyeless people are everywhere.  Even when driving or crossing the street, they don’t look up.

They are in a trance-like state, induced by the electronic device in their hands.  Their whole world is below eye level and nothing else matters.  Not the person they’re with.  Not the other people on the crowded sidewalk.  Not the other drivers.

June 5, 2013

In a democracy, people are entitled to express their opinions. 

I have many friends who think differently than I do, but we respect each other’s opinions.  But I was a bit startled when an associate of mine expressed his opinion that I’m a “right-wing fanatic.”

June 4, 2013

In more than 20 years of business, I have never had a client ask me to cover up the truth.  If one did ask, I would walk away.  Dishonesty is not only morally wrong, it’s almost always disastrous for the client.

June 3, 2013

You’d think Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump would be singled out for praise for finding that Massachusetts is paying welfare benefits to dead people.

But no.  Based on the reaction of Governor Deval Patrick and others, you’d think Ms. Bump was the one doing something illegal.

May 30, 2013

Guest post from Tom Hagley Sr.:

I like to challenge people to define public relations in two words. Other professions define themselves in two words—doctors practice medicine, lawyers practice law, accountants keep records. People in these disciplines define their work in two words, issue invoices and get paid accordingly for their expertise.

Not everyone in PR can do the same because many people—yes, many people— in public relations cannot define what they do.

May 29, 2013

The most difficult task we have as marketing professionals should be the simplest – convincing clients to think like their customers.

It’s difficult, because clients are wired to think in the language of their industry.  When we translate it into English, it sounds foreign to them.

May 28, 2013

America didn’t become the freest and most prosperous country in the world by accident.

Our military forces, from the Minutemen to the soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, have given us the freedom we enjoy by putting their lives at risk every day.

May 23, 2013

Those who practice law are called lawyers or attorneys.  Those who practice medicine are called doctors or physicians.  Those who cover news are called reporters or journalists.  Those who practice public relations are called … well, there’s really no consistent title.

Are we public relations practitioners, still practicing after all of these years?  Are we public relations specialists or public relations professionals?  Are we publicists or press agents, which implies that all we do is get our clients published?  Are we flacs?

May 21, 2013

Dear graduate.

Your education is just beginning.  Welcome to the real world.

As you begin your job search, you’ll notice that there are few jobs for people with your lack of experience.  If you have a liberal arts education, you’re ill-prepared for a real job anyway.

The college that provided you with your degree in journalism or women’s studies may make money off of it, but you won’t.  Now, don’t you wish you chose a major that was a little more challenging?

May 20, 2013

"Maybe there is a beast. ... maybe it's only us.'"

William Golding, Lord of the Flies

 

The anarchy of the Internet is one of its greatest attractions.  Anyone can say anything.  And, when leaving comments, we’re all equals.

So what should I make of the discussion I began in the LinkedIn group Public Relations and Communications Professionals that has attracted more than 250 comments?