Quotes for the week ending 30 April, 2010

The press release is dead, whether or not it’s optimized for social media. When was the last time you sent a release to a reporter who then replied with enthusiasm about covering your story?

Len Gutman, at ValleyPRBlog

Maybe it’s the term press release that is antiquated. Perhaps it should be called a fact sheet or project overview.

Holly Harmon, a reader commenting on the above.

“We are Wall Street. It’s our job to make money. Whether it’s a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn’t matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable. I didn’t hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone’s 401k doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, its not a problem until you lose. I’ve never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas.”

An email circulating this week, written by someone supposedly form Wall Street

“An enraging piece of utter nonsense”

Huffington Post, commenting on the “We aren’t dinosaurs” email above

Quotes for the week ending 5 Dec, 2009

“The general consensus about my hair, among our team and the client, was that it was distinctive and instantly recognizable — a characteristic we ad people long for in our campaigns, but it sounds funny when we’re talking about my hair.”

Andy Azula, the guy in the U.P.S. whiteboard commercials, in a Q & A with Stuart Elliot. He has a Wikipedia entry!

“Once you start restricting access on the websites, if you have content that can broadly be found somewhere else, then you really restrict the number of people coming to websites.”

Emily Bell, Guardian’s director of digital content, on a regional British newspaper publisher charging for online news content.

“She’s more caustic than a manure lagoon.”

Paul Shapiro, senior director of the US Humane Society Factory Farming Project, on Kerry Trueman, a contestant for the Huffington Post contest for citizen journalists. One person will be chosen to report from the Copenhagen climate change summit next week.

“Most painful for us is not the minaret ban, but the symbol sent by this vote.”

Farhad Afshar, of the Coordination of Islamic Organizations in Switzerland, com

And speaking of symbols…

“It’s that image that has been shattered, sort of like the back window of his SUV, but maybe I’m pushing another metaphor too hard.”

Bill Saporito, on Tiger Woods’ apology

“I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.”

Tiger, having dealt with his ‘transgressions’ in a 6-paragraph apology, on his web site.