Search Engine Reputation Management

Search Engine Reputation Management

I constantly implore my boys to take their online profiles very seriously. A month doesn’t pass without my asking them to expunge from their Facebook pages any obscene wall posts and photos in which their “friends” tagged them in some state of unseemly debauchery, e.g., beer pong games or dubious attire. Fortunately, compared to others […]

Biz Beat Buzz

Biz Beat Buzz

Few will argue with the girth of Conde Nast’s much-hyped entry into the crowded business magazine space. That hyperbole (along with some internal tension) fed the lukewarm reception the magazine initially endured from the abundant pundits who follow the media biz. But those in the know knew that S.I. was in it for the long […]

Ta Ta, Suckers!

Ta Ta, Suckers!

It’s no big surprise that Karl Rove is out. Frankly, his tenure as this administration’s master media manipulator should have expired long ago (or at least following the mid-term elections). From a PR perspective, this man alone has done more damage to the reputation and credibility of the PR profession than 50 Abramoffs. But that’s […]

Audi ‘n Rush Hour

Audi ‘n Rush Hour

I love Audis. We’ve owned about five over the last decade including my current twin-turbo 250 S4 Avant. We bought our first at a time when the German luxury automaker was still recovering from the near-fatal PR disaster that “60 Minutes” manufactured. To this day, those claims of unintended acceleration remain unproven, and more likely […]

Magical Media Moment

Magical Media Moment

With all the rasp attention given to the reunion of the original Apple-PC guys, it would be hard for most non-attending bloggers to find an editorial opening not already filled. Nonetheless, I do have two observations about the Jobs-Gates gabfest at the D: All Things Digital Conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal: 1) This […]

Out and Out

Out and Out

I don’t mind the Wall Street Journal and New York Times’ news alerts periodically popping on my desktop (as long as their purveyors don’t get too trigger happy). So far, both have been judicious in what they’ve chosen to send. Take the two WSJ Alerts that moved moments ago, separated by a mere three minutes. […]

Embargoed

Embargoed

Valleywag reports that the Wall Street Journal’s new managing editor Marcus Brauchli opposes the practice of PR-embargoed announcements. “…the younger generation of newspaper managers, Brauchli among them, are tired of these cosy [sic] arrangements; and tired of being scooped if news leaks out to the web before the embargo is lifted.” Hmmm. I wonder if […]

On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice

I know. I know. I’m dating myself. But I remember Marketwatch’s Silicon Valley columnist Bambi Francisco when she was a talent booker in New York for Lou Dobbs‘ “CNN Moneyline.” Now she finds herself in a journalistic sticky wicket, exacerbated ironically by a piece in the flagship publication of her employer. The issue concerns Ms. […]