Originally Posted by Margalis
"Ulterior motives." Lol. It's like you and Totilo both have no idea what PR is.
PR people are paid to control information in a way that gets them good coverage. That is their FUCKING JOBS. Taking you out to dinner, making your feel special, and letting Totilo feel like he is a crack reporter who dug up "good intel" and then can go write a piece about it (a piece that, wow what a coincidence, accomplishes exactly what PR intended!) is part of an overall PR strategy.
It's not an "ulterior motive." It's THE motive - PR people get paid to do PR.
You are seriously suggesting that when a PR person plans a PR event with company money that comes out of their PR budget that actually DOING PR might be an "ulterior motive?"
Building rapport is part of the job. FFS just google stuff like "effective PR" and read up on what PR strategies are.
You and Totilo seem willfully naive about this to the point of parody.
I may not have put it as harshly as you, but as someone that has done PR, that is spot on. I happened to genuinely like the products that I represented at the time, and I don't feel that I was misleading or unfair to the people that I reached out to, but the goal behind just about everything I did while on the clock was to help my company sell our products. I was able to be a nice person and enjoy the company of others, but business is business.
This *should* be about as noteworthy as pointing out that the goal of a used car salesperson is to sell you a car, even if they happen to be upbeat and friendly when around you.
Originally Posted by Jintor
Man, PR people must be like PR robots to half the people in these threads, always singlemindedly focused on the job of shilling products probably half of them don't really honestly care about that much. Not to crap on other more relevant arguments, of course.
I definitely wasn't a robot during my job. I happened to still have hobbies and friends, too! I wasn't writing press releases, calling press and updating our social media platforms for my own amusement, though.