Sunday, August 29, 2004

Hello, my name is Jeremy P, and I'm pro-Blogversations

Yes, you read that right. I'm probably the only PR blogger that is pro-Blogversations. Well, maybe pro is not the correct term, but I do not think Blogversations is the end-all be-all to public relations, marketing, advertising and the blogosphere, but rather the maturing nature of the blogosphere, and a natural growth of what public relations can do with technology.

Yes, it's a natural extension of what public relations can, and will, do. And, it's nothing different than what has been done in the past by public relations professionals and by journalists.

How many PR people have done a Satellite Media Tour (SMT) with a host? SMTs are delivered to morning news shows without nary a word that all those products paid to be included. Last year, Dan Gillmor had a snit about a toy specialist that had a holiday gift SMT, and I blogged that the whole issues was overblown.

How many PR people have done a Video News Release (VNR)? Does our industry have such a short memory that we don't remember the brouhaha over the Karen Ryan VNR, and how the industry more or less abandoned her? VNRs are a part of television media relations. We send them out to television stations, the producers run the spots if they need to fill the time. We have all used VNRs, and will continue to use VNRs.

How many PR people have used NAPS? I love NAPS and use them for appropriate clients all the time. It's a great way to get your client's message to small and mid-sized newspapers across the country - papers that would be near impossible to find and pitch to - and your client gets a wonderful article and placement. The PR firm writes the full article, the NAPS editors edits and make it more newsworthy, and then the story is available for a year. And, since the downturn in journalism and the smaller staffs, larger and larger newspapers are using NAPS to fill space in the lifestyles sections.

Take a step back - how much different is Blogversations than NAPS, or VNRs or SMTs? The PR industry can take a three blind mice approach to Blogversations, but I would rather keep an eye on the company, see what goes on, and see how it's done. And, more importantly, what competition is using Blogversations.

Many different public relations, marcom and publishing blogs have written on Blogversations, and have mostly taken the position that its a bad, bad thing. And, Wired has an okay article on Blogversations as a service that mixes ads in blog chatter

Granted, I have many, many doubts about the company itself. I don't trust a company that registers all their domains with Domains by Proxy, an anonymous registration service from Go Daddy. Interestingly enough, Domains by Proxy tends to be used by porn sites, so draw your own fun conclusion there.
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