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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April 18, 2013

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) may have to change its name to People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals, based on its slaughter of kittens and puppies.  As The Huffington Post put it, “approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA's front door every year and very few make it out alive.”

The article is accompanied by some truly sickening photos.

So is PETA really about protecting animals or raising money?  You be the judge.

Read our PETA satire, “Stop the Slaughter of Innocent Bugs” here.

April 17, 2013

Our post, “Proposals: Just Say ‘No,’ “ created a discussion on the PR United LinkedIn group, where I found that our experience is similar to that of agencies all over the world.

The initial post noted that potential clients sometimes request proposals, then fail to respond to e-mails and phone calls once a proposal is submitted.

April 16, 2012

How ironic that yesterday was the tax filing deadline for most of American and Patriots Day in Massachusetts and Maine.

The patriots fought for “no taxation without representation,” but 238 years after the battles of Concord and Lexington, that’s what we have.

April 15, 2013

Here in Massachusetts, runners are lining up today for the world’s most famous marathon and government workers are taking a day off.

It’s Patriots’ Day (more commonly known as Patriot’s Day), a holiday observed only in Massachusetts and Maine.

April 12, 2013

Depending on who you talk to, America’s unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare and pensions of government employees add up to $86.8 trillion, $100 trillion or even $120 trillion.

But whatever number you use, the $120 billion trim to Social Security proposed by President Obama this week in his $3.77 trillion FY 2014 budget is “like trying to stop a runaway train with a fly swatter.”  The funds would be saved using “chained CPI,” which is just a different way of computing cost of living adjustments.

April 9, 2013

Margaret Thatcher ruled Britain at a time when leaders led.  Her passing serves as a reminder of the difference between a leader and a politician.

When Margaret Thatcher came to power, she inherited a Britain practically destroyed by socialism, having just been through its “winter of discontent.”

April 8, 2013

Common sense may be the most important trait in developing a marketing strategy, but it is sometimes missing in the decision-making process.  Our third and final post lists some of the common mistakes we frequently encounter:

April 5, 2013

In yesterday’s post, we noted that there were too many common mistakes to include them all in a single blog post.  So here’s part 2, focussing on publicity and advertising.

April 4, 2013

When it comes to marketing, common sense isn’t all that common. The same easily avoided mistakes seem to be made repeatedly.

The offenders come from many different industries, from companies large and small, and from throughout the world. Many of the following mistakes are even made by communications professionals (excluding the author, of course).

April 3, 2013

What may be the most important book for understanding today’s economy was written in 1944.

Having witnessed the rise of Nazism firsthand, F.A. Hayek, recognized that socialism inevitably leads to fascism.  He wrote The Road to Serfdom as a warning to the United States and the United Kingdom, which were becoming increasingly socialistic.