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"Also sprach Zarathustra" doesn't come across too well in print

I'm looking for a tagline to use this year on print and web PR for a small literary science fiction and fantasy convention that riffs off of 2001: A Space Odyssey. [more inside]
posted by telophase on Jun 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Do I need to apologize and destroy all evidence?

As the person handling promotion for a large event, I videotaped a talk that was free and open to the public. The talk was a part of this event. Part of my job has been to record post about the event, pics, snippets of video, etc. But then the speaker lost it. Did I do something terribly wrong? [more inside]
posted by lillian.elmtree on May 16, 2014 - 34 answers

2 or 3 things I (stilll don't) know about PR

I now have a newfound respect for PR and the rules of engagement. I took your advice and narrowed down my contact list from 800. I'm individually emailing journalists, bloggers and editors, asking them to list us in their calendars or mention us in a blog post. So far I'm not getting any response. This is bad, right? [more inside]
posted by lillian.elmtree on May 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Could any PR or press experts give these 4 a shot?

I'm handling PR as a volunteer for a nonprofit for a month. I'm fairly new to dealing with the media. I've read PR for Dummies, looked at online resources and related questions on askme. I found some great stuff, but no answers to these questions. [more inside]
posted by lillian.elmtree on Apr 20, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I hire a PR agent for myself on the d/l? (Is this a dumb idea?)

I'm a professor, at a pretty good school in a non-STEM type field. I like my current gig. I would like to move up to an even better gig, in a better location. The standard m/o for such things is a) produce a lot of good research, and b) wait for people to notice it. I'm already doing a). I don't really want to wait around for b). Catch: blatant shameless self-promotion both looks icky and off-putting and signals lack of commitment to current gig. Possible solution: hire a very discrete PR person. To do... what? Does such a thing exist, for individuals, who need attention from really specific groups of people? Or is this just a really ridiculous idea?
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I describe my goals and interests to a valuable contact?

How do I describe my goals and interests to a contact in the PR field? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Nov 14, 2013 - 2 answers

NYC Event PR, what do we look for?

We need Event PR. So... where do I start and how do I tell if they're a decent firm? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Oct 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Crash course in "communications"?

I'm looking for a new job, and I find myself applying to a lot of positions with "communications" in the title. The positions seem like they'd be good fits, and I meet most of skill/experience/competency requirements, but I've never held a "communications" position, per se. What can I do to bolster my communications credentials and address this deficit in interviews? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Jul 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Are there any particularly good books or articles about self promotion?

I have eight months until a big book release, and I figure my main job until then is to promote my blog and my book. So how do I go about that in an effective way? I know *some* of what I'm supposed to do (write lots of good blog content, guest post a lot, get backlinks), but even for those parts, I imagine there are better and worse ways of going about it (asking people to link to certain articles doesn't seem to work very well, and I haven't had much luck with guest posting offers lately.) Any good books or articles on this subject? Or suggestions of your own?
posted by sdis on Jun 4, 2013 - 9 answers

What are the top PR websites to submit my new product?

I need to market my software and my friends told me about a couple of PR websites but I can't recall them now. [more inside]
posted by usermac on Feb 7, 2013 - 5 answers

PR resume building

I am a recent PR/communications graduate. I was wondering if there was a place to find freelance/volunteer opportunities in order to build my resume and experience?
posted by dfc5656 on Jan 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Graduating soon with a BA from a Canadian Uni. Job search help please. I have two years writing experience.

Graduating in June with a BA Philosophy. I have two years journalism experience. I'm currently searching for jobs through my network and linkedin. Help please! [more inside]
posted by GiveUpNed on Jan 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Networking Advise

Networking Etiquette. I am starting out on a new job search, and I was hoping to learn some pointers in networking etiquette. I have recently received a graduate degree in Public Relations/Communications. My main contacts are people in my program and professors. I am interested in what is the proper manner to introduce myself to people outside of my current circle with the ultimate aim of landing a job in this field. I appreciate any advise you may have. Thanks!
posted by dfc5656 on Dec 5, 2012 - 3 answers

How do you spot an amateur?

How do you spot an amateur in your trade, profession, or hobby? Specifically, what are some examples of things that people without experience do, while attempting what you do or know well, because they don't know any better that make their lack of experience obvious? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Sep 18, 2012 - 266 answers

Puerto Rican Daydreams

How hard would it be for me (a "mainlander" of non-Latina heritage, with no connections) to get a job in Puerto Rico? And if I did get a job there, would I like living there? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Jul 4, 2012 - 1 answer

How to ship cheap and reliable to PR?

I need to purchase network cables and other computer cables from a vendor to ship to Puerto Rico from U.S., to arrive at most 1 week from now. Please recommend vendors with decent prices on network cables and the like.
posted by indigo4963 on May 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Stickers for laptops

My company would like to get our logo printed onto custom decals, for distribution at an industry event. Caveat: these are for sticking onto laptops, so they're not allowed to be adversely affected by heat. [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Apr 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Changing careers: PR edition

How do I prepare for a career in public relations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2012 - 6 answers

On the hunt again!

How is the best way to cold call companies to solicit them with your resume (and bonus, what is the best way to phrase "Inordinately useful!" as a job description when pitching self to employers) [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Mar 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Data Mine.

What are the best industry databases for C-level and Director level contact information, specifically in Entertainment, Sports, Finance, and Fashion? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph on Nov 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Do I need to go get a Marketing degree?

Applying for jobs that fall broadly into the Marketing, PR & Communications field, and need a quick reality check on the issue of qualifications and experience. [more inside]
posted by Weng on Aug 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Books on communications/PR

Books on communications/PR [more inside]
posted by katopotato on Aug 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for new ways to make solar look good in tight jeans?

How do I make solar "sexy"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 - 17 answers

Who can I contact regarding a Snapple endorsement / sponsorship for a touring UK band?

Who can I contact regarding a Snapple endorsement / sponsorship for a touring UK band? I have searched the internet for an e-mail address or phone number to no avail. Any help much appreciated. Thank you!
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jul 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me share my awesome idea!

How do I get a good idea in front of more people? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on May 6, 2011 - 25 answers

Which button do I push for a job?

Graduating soon... Where do I go from here? Lots of details and sub questions... [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl on Apr 10, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me find a good PR media monitoring service

Currently my office, a media relations outfit, uses a news monitoring service called Meltwater News. I have found the interface clunky, slow, and we have consistently had problems with the newsletter feature. Any suggestions for a replacement? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Feb 4, 2011 - 3 answers

How to save a life ♪

How can I get permission to throw a charity event at a local (NYC) museum/attraction? [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl on Oct 31, 2010 - 13 answers

Looking for a good Press Release Distribution service

In the U.S.: Do you use a press release distribution service that you would recommend? This is for a small business (with a relatively small budget) that at the moment mainly needs coverage in a metropolitan area, but which may soon expand to online sales so it would be good to establish as much visibility as possible. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 answers

what's a good job for someone who isn't great at anything?

College senior here. What's a good job for someone that really isn't that good at anything? [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl on Aug 30, 2010 - 20 answers

Advertising/Marketing/PR/Consumerism

Looking for some good documentaries on advertising, marketing, public relations & consumerism to help teach an undergraduate class! We have a list of possible documentaries already (we will show selected excerpts - not the entire thing) but were wondering if we were missing anything out and what the Hive Mind might suggest! Good "teaching moment" video clip suggestions based on Mad Men and other fictional advertising/marketing/PR/consumerism-themed films and TV shows are also welcome. Or perhaps there are even good relevant scenes from documentaries which are primarily about some other topic. Thanks for any help... it's much appreciated! Full list that we already have compiled inside... [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Aug 20, 2010 - 18 answers

“Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is the mathematic of not being. And a subtle flavour - we're more like celery as a flavour”

Canadian Immigration Question. How best to assure that I acquire permanent residency in Canada by the time I graduate? [more inside]
posted by vegetableman on Aug 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Who wants to be a music promoter (because I don't)?

My mom is a singer/songwriter. She asked for some help with some online-marketing, website-redesign etc type ideas, and I said "sure"! She's now got me hooked up with a whole list of "tasks" that are really beyond my skillset, and interests, and has set it up for me as a 20-hr per week job (since I'm only working part-time). I'm sure there are people who'd love to do this as an internship (she's even willing to pay!), who are interested in music/music promotion -- what are they called, how can I find them, and how do I convince my mom that she'd be better-served hiring them? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Jun 9, 2010 - 8 answers

How to work for evil corporations?

How do I get over working for a company that I am morally and ethically against? This is my first job out of college. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 - 47 answers

How to get a job working in PR?

How could I (a junior in high school) eventually work in the public relations industry? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Apr 20, 2010 - 11 answers

How to signal that a company is becoming more dynamic

How do I signal to the trade press that a dull company is "getting hip"? [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker on Apr 5, 2010 - 13 answers

One-button solution for PR spam in Gmail

I get a lot of PR spam to my Gmail account. Is there a Greasemonkey script (or something else entirely) that can make this one repetitive task easier? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Mar 12, 2010 - 12 answers

Looking for this serious game.

Help me find this "serious game" that simulated everyday life in a third world country. [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Mar 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Take this job and restaff it

I got offered this internship that I really don't want. Would I be foolish to turn it down anyway? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous on Feb 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Will a newspaper job inch me closer to a career in public relations?

Job_Offer_Filter: I'm a struggling freelance writer trying to (someday) break into the pr/communications field. I've just been offered a staff writer position at a small local newspaper. Does accepting the job inch me closer to my desired field? Or just burden me with a ton of unmarketable experience? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Nov 23, 2009 - 11 answers

PR success fees: I need the skinny

How exactly do big PR firms calculate success fees? Do they "cap" them, or is the sky the limit? Or do they structure them so that no one would use them? Do they use the face value of AVE (1 page in newspaper = 1 page advertisement value) or do they use multiplicators?
posted by OctopusRex on Aug 27, 2009 - 1 answer

Questions about PR job interview

Oh my! I've been shortlisted for a PR job at a university. AskMe, what might they ask me at the interview, and have you any tips as to how I ought answer? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Jun 14, 2009 - 6 answers

No comment.

Resume-filter: I'm a PR consultant, and for the last few years my job has primarily consisted of writing statements, press releases, blog posts etc. for my clients that invariably go out under someone else's name. Now I'm writing a cover letter - can I say that my work was "forward-facing"? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Jun 10, 2009 - 4 answers

Work in the industry as a PhD or teach instead?

What starting salary can a recent graduate PhD in Mass Communication expect to make in the industry focusing on research (i.e., not teaching at a university)? [more inside]
posted by philrj on May 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Software Marketing Ideas

I have created a website and software that I would like to promote and market. What are some creative ways to drive more traffic to my website and get people to buy my software? How does one go about getting write-ups in industry trade mags, ezines, and blogs? I am interested in learning more about ethical SEO, PR Campaigns, Affiliates, Guerilla Marketing, etc. If you created a piece of software, how would you get the word out?
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 16, 2009 - 5 answers

What percentage of comments on large blogs/newspapers are propaganda?

What percentage of comments on large blogs/newspapers are planned propaganda? [more inside]
posted by Damn That Television on Mar 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Just registered for Selective Service; can I still apply for naturalization?

I'm 25 and a Permament Resident of the United States. I want to apply (and am eligible) for citizenship. Stupidly, I neglected to register for Selective Service until now. However, I was able to get my registration processed before my upcoming 26 birthday (the absolute deadline for registration). Can I apply for citizenship, or will I not have the requisite five years of good moral character, since I haven't registered until very recently?
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2009 - 2 answers

How do I send mass mailings?

Mass mailing software for PR purposes: the trees, the forest, and which is which. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Mar 16, 2009 - 7 answers

How often should I post to maintain an audience?

I produce a YouTube show about media literacy/criticism. Right now we post weekly, on a schedule which is driving me insane. Does frequency of publishing new content matter (whether it's for a blog, a podcast, a comic, etc) so long as you publish regularly? Could I do it every other week or monthly without losing people's attention? And what do you suggest doing to help make up for less-frequent publishing? [more inside]
posted by gusandrews on Mar 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me transition from journalism to government PR and/or corporate communications

Due to a raft of factors beyond my control, I have to give up my awesome but poorly paid and very demanding job as a reporter and seek a more 9-5 employment, with better pay. AskMe, can you help me identify my selling points for PR and communications jobs? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Mar 3, 2009 - 4 answers

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