PRSA does it again!

You know I want to like PRSA! I want to support what they do and be proud of being a member but I just can’t do it!! From the local meetings of elders who are unfriendly at the door to the guy (no names) who plans most of the speakers, it is one of the most unfriendly and inflexible groups of people I have ever met…this is “Public Relations?” Crazy!

I have heard many say these kinds of things before. One great speaker who I came to see (kudos for getting a smart well versed PR/Social Media expert) said that he has spoken at thousands of venues around the U.S. (and the world) and that the PRSA members as a whole are lacking zeal, to say the least, in trying to understand how the internet can help them do their jobs better even though social media is a natural extention to what I call traditional PR.

So no news here that PRSA does not comprise creative out of the box thinkers, so why am I writing today? Because of their next speaker, Andrew (first names only), who will be showing up at our local meeting. This is a guy I know well. He claims to love social media and understand it and he was a sponsor of the Business Smart Tools conference where he worked on the website and he was a speaker. Besides the fact that I don’t think he is an ethical person, he has minimal working knowledge of social media but claims to be a “world renown expert” which PRSA is supporting. This is a guy who doesn’t know how to set up blogs for his clients, has no blog of his own, and has a profile on facebook but no friends, no picture and no content….he isn’t even on Linkedin which is barely a social media tool in my mind.

You know that a trend (social media) has made it when “experts” like Andrew are bubbling to the surface and speaking about their “knowledge.” Watch out for people like this but celebrate the fact that the PR industry and business as a whole has a new yet solid communication channel that works for our clients and ourselves!

5 thoughts on “PRSA does it again!

  1. This is incredibly sanctimonious. Your an expert? Says who? The blog is badly designed with inane, bias content. Hardly an advertisement. I look at this and read your entries and its amateur hour.

    No doubt you won’t approve this but do me a favor, take note: nothing you’ve ever done is professional or impressive. Take a look in the mirror, honey, before you cast stones.

    -Brad H.

  2. This is incredibly sanctimonious. Your an expert? Says who? The blog is badly designed with inane, bias content. Hardly an advertisement. I look at this and read your entries and its amateur hour.

    No doubt you won’t approve this but do me a favor, take note: nothing you’ve ever done is professional or impressive. Take a look in the mirror, honey, before you cast stones.

    -Brad H.

    ps. Your site’s slow. Had to submit this three times, the page keeps timing out. Nice job.

  3. Hey Brad,

    Thanks for visiting! Never claimed to be an expert but I am involved in creating blogs for clients and working myspace, facebook and youtube for my clients as well as my company so I am in the mix.

    FYI, not using my blog as an advertisement…could use an ad for that. My blog is really a landing place for clients interested in knowing more about the way we do business at Creative Concepts.

    Oh, and Brad, one more thing, blogs are all about bias content because they are written to hold the personal opinions of the author. That is what makes blogging so special and well, effective.

    Oh, and one more thing Brad, I approve comments like this even if you posted it 2x because this is what blogging is all about…and hey, do I know you cause you seem to be taking this blog entry personally!

  4. Hey Brad… astroturf much?

    Valorie – yep. I’ve given up on the local PRSA chapter long ago. In fact that meeting where we met (what was that, two years ago?) was the last one I attended. They still spam my email and voicemail though. I guess that way of marketing is in their blood.

  5. Hey David, thanks for your comment. I should have followed your lead…you were right about PRSA then and you are right now!

    Hope all is well!

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