Putting the Cart Before the Horse


Recently I've had discussions with a lot of different PR professionals about how they conduct media relations, and it has boiled down to one question.

Is it okay to pitch media without talking to your client first?

I'm curious to hear from PR professionals and journalists. Is it okay to put the cart before the horse?


Here are the pros and cons as I see them:

Pros

  • Opportunity to look like a hero
  • Better chance of being timely
  • No unreasonable client expectations going into the pitch
Cons
  • If the client can't come through your reputation is damaged
  • If the client can't come through their reputation is damaged
  • Client may not approve of the pitch topic
  • Unreasonable client expectations may result

3 comments:

I think checking in at home is perfectly acceptable if your home happens to be named "Casa de Awesome".

March 4, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

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March 4, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

It's ok, I figured it out.

I still think it's cheating, but if there was one apt. it was be ok to check-in at, it would be Casa de Awesome.

March 4, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

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