Thursday, August 26, 2010

Open Letter to PR Professionals

Dear PR Professionals,

Every so often you send me an inane email promoting your site, product, hotel, gizmo, whatever. For the most part, I don't mind. I enjoy reading your emails. Hey, anything is better than spam, right? And once in a blue moon, you actually tell me about something worthwhile - like books. I like books.

But lately, it seems that some of you are suffering from a very common disease - laziness. Or maybe it's inability to read English? Either way, it annoys me and shows just how PR-unprofessional you are.

Today's case study:

An idiotic email from a not very bright lady (named Luciana Salaün, btw) in Argentina. Why is it idiotic? The email is about boutique hotels, and more specifically - about whatever overpriced tourist trap she is promoting at this moment.

If Luciana (that is, if she can actually read and comprehend English) had taken one look at my blog's title, she would have known to take her boutique bs somewhere else.

But no... In the best tradition of moronic PR "professionals" she valiantly trudges forward with her canned email of "pillow menu, 180 thread count linens, womens and mens robes and sleepers in all rooms and endless details that create an unique experience in the city." Missing apostrophes and all...

Luciana, my dear, if I ever make it to Argentina, sure as hell I won't be spending my money at any boutique hotels, because:

  • a. I won't be able to afford it anyway (over 100 bucks per night vs Couchsurfing? - duh!), and

  • b. In general, I dislike pompous pricks who own those types of places, and
  • c. Those hotels hardly ever live up to their hype.
  • And at the hotel you're promoting, pets are not allowed. Now, Luciana, I may not travel to Argentina with my pets, but given a choice, I try to support pet friendly businesses wherever I am - you would have realized that if you had taken 10 seconds to look at my blog instead of just harvesting my email address.

So as far as I'm concerned, you can shove your Conde Nast Traveller hotlist where the sun don't shine (under those exquisite sheets of yours). I don't read Conde Nast, but maybe I should - just so I can avoid the places they recommend.

Well, Luciana, that about covers it. Hopefully, next time, before you send out a press release, you will actually check who you're sending it to.

So, dear PR professionals, please don't bother to email me about hotels, cruises, exclusive trips, and other once-in-a-lifetime cliches. Because unless you are offering me a free stay (plus airfare), I'm not interested. So, bugger off.

Now, let's see how long it will be before I get another one of those PR emails... I'm guessing around Friday. At noon.


  1. I feel your pain in similar ways... this crap is super annoying.
    Friday at noon? In the US, that sounds right about payday. Perfect time to try and make a play for some poor soul's if anyone would actually take up these 'offers'.
    Not sure if I've commeted before, but I've been following awhile. Love this site :D

  2. whew, I'm not the only one who endures a couple of these emails a week.

  3. I get them too on a regular basis, but one that caught my eye was from someone promoting a hotel In Panama who wanted to advertise on my blog.. I thought.. "Huh" but, to cut a long story short, he did, and is paying me 30 bucks a month for a single link advert to his hotel website..