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Actually, Kerry did quite well in his debates against Bush, which should give Obama some comfort. Kerry, on the other hand, probably derives little comfort from the assessment that had he not performed so well in the debates his loss to Bush wouldn't have been so close.
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2012 on A no win proposition at RepMan
Did you intend to link to this AdAge column: The link above takes me to a Ries column from 2008.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2012 on We may use P'com, but you never will at RepMan
Well, the Cubs have a longer championship drought, but at least they've been competitive within recent memory. Here in Pittsburgh, the Pirates teased their fans with a winning run before the All-Star, but then tanked and recently sealed their 19th consecutive losing season. Trying having that marketing position.
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2011 on I have some good news and some bad news at RepMan
Ironic, RepMan, considering that transperency is no doubt one of the first things you counsel new clients.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2011 on The Wild Bill Hickok of PR Firms at RepMan
I have two small children, 5 and 3, who are well-behaved in restaurants and did wonderfully when we flew -- economy class -- to Florida last year. But unlike some parents, I do not have a sense of entitlement that my children should be able to go everywhere, and that there should be no child-free zones. I think it is a backlash against this mentality as well as the growing number of childless people that is leading to more child bans. Recently a restaurant near Pittsburgh garnered headlines worldwide for banning children under six. Before I could take offense, I remembered a night my wife and I went out to dinner, before we had children, and were surrounded by so many ill-mannered children that we asked to be moved to the smoking section (this was several years ago) simply because there were no kids there.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2011 on Peace in our time at RepMan
I suppose if you were the victim of a shark attack, or are close to someone who died in one -- a rather rare occurrence -- you would be offended. But I'm willing to admit I thought the spot was funny, particularly the one with the guy coming in at the end to give the sharks another taste. Call me tasteless if you will. Now, I will admit to at some point questioning the internal logic of the spots. If sharks appreciate the taste of peanut butter, why not just give them the candy directly? Perhaps I'm overthinking it...
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2011 on Tasteless Spot at RepMan
I'm glad I wasn't the only one underwhelmed by this earth-shattering new approach. And if the idea is to break down barriers, why create such constricting titles?
Oops, I meant "lack an appreciation", not like.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2011 on You're pushing 60 and look like hell at RepMan
In fairness to my younger counterparts, I've encountered older PR professionals who also like an appreciation for their organization's strategic goals. They assume that only the marketing folks have to worry about that, and insist on maintaining the artificial barrier between the two functions.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2011 on You're pushing 60 and look like hell at RepMan
I'm assuming they don't generate enough money from advertising to cover their costs?
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2011 on Does anyone read in-flight magazines? at RepMan
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