Faulty Friday

Pitching © by Will Folsom

Every now and then we get perfect, on target pitches and press releases.  Most of the time, they’re ok, and then very occasionally we get the real stinkers.  The ones that <sarcasm> fit perfectly into our designated coverage and readership.</sarcasm>

Yesterday must have been a very special day as we received not one, but two completely mistargeted pitches.

Mercifully I’ve removed the names of the offending senders, but otherwise, below please find, for your reading pleasure, pitches perfectly suited to you, our readers (I assume I didn’t have to use the sarcasm tags this time around).

First – the one that actually had a pitch:

Hi Nathan,

After 4 months in development, our hotly anticipated and first-of-its-kind ‘Superfood-powered’ weight loss app for iPhone is expected to launch in Apple’s App Store next Tuesday, May 15th.

I would like to offer you a sneak peek of our app – Super Diet Genius. We believe that your readers in particular would find our app of great interest. With summer creeping around the corner, the time is ripe for a new-to-the-world weight loss app powered by Superfoods.

(the pitch did go on to include links to background materials, videos and explain how to get the app on a preview basis, etc.)

I’m sure that filled your PR, social media, learning needs for the day.  If it didn’t, then perhaps…


Aretha Franklin, Ricky Skaggs, Dallas Holm, The Hoppers, Love Song and Rex Humbard Announced as GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 10, 2012 – The GMA Foundation (GMAF) has announced that it will induct Aretha Franklin, Ricky Skaggs, Dallas Holm, The Hoppers, Love Song and Rex Humbard into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

“The diverse talents represented in this years class of inductees have impacted millions of people around the world. It is an honor to induct these individuals” said Charles Dorris, Chairman, GMA Foundation.

Yes, this one was just a copy and pasted release, with the body right justified and boldfaced throughout.

Pretty sure we all know the moral of the story, yes?

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