Dashing (possibly). Debonair (maybe). Delicious (I wouldn’t want to know).
There were two things I learned when selecting the dudes that appear (using ‘grace’ just wouldn’t be appropriate) on the list below. First, for a brief yet fleeting moment, I understood how reporters feel when they get pitched. It feels GOOD. Now I get it, no wonder they (reporters) seem to wield so much power over PR people. Receiving pitches can make one drunk with power. For the record, I didn’t receive any pitches that would’ve landed in the Bad Pitch Blog, and even if I did, I would’ve just simply deleted it from my inbox and not make a big stink about it like some of my fellow media (coff) colleagues.
Second, I realized the true meaning of Star Trek’s famous opening line, “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” No, I’m not talking about venturing into outer space. In this case, it’s getting in touch with my feminine side to select these PR dudes with the smoothest moves (on Twitter). It is an exercise I never want to repeat. Torture comes to mind. Seriously, evaluating men is just not my expertise. Like any list published though, you can’t let it die after one, so I expect to have another one written in the future (the 22nd century perhaps).
Please note that there were only two rules I followed in developing this list–1) The dude’s gotta be on Twitter and 2) he must be in PR –the rest are based on my dark side, oops, I mean feminine side’s personal opinion (dudes, we all have one whether you admit it or not). So please take this as my #followfriday for today. If you’re a prdude, and you didn’t make the list, blame it on my lack of expertise, or better yet, W. List not in any order.
@joeprguy — Joe Cockrell is a cancer survivor whose latest venture is to help ordinary folks who have extraordinary stories be in the news. While going through treatment, he helped raise funds for the family of a cancer-stricken six year old boy whose medical bills were piling up by applying his super PR powers. His story has been covered in the Phoenix Business Journal. Hmmm…I wonder who pitched that story. Besides his PR prowess, if you’ve been following him (and the ladies on Twitter surely noticed), the dude’s got great guns. Sorry girls, he pulled off his old pic recently. Needless to say, Joe’s the above average Joe.
@keithobrien — He left his editor-in-chief post at PRWeek for a gig to be a flack at Attention! PR. A loss for the editorial side is a gain for the PR industry. A smooth move if I should say so myself especially since he’s likely to be making much more money as a PR pro. I’m sure it’s not about the money. You can find his excuse for leaving PRWeek here. If the PR thing doesn’t work out, he can always hit the celebrity look-a-like circuit as Seth Rogen.
@worob — The maverick of the group (no, not the Sen. McCain kind, but this one) as Andrew Worob likes to refer to himself. Also known as the Kid (no, not this one, but the one from Young Guns), he came out guns a-blazing when he started in PR as a new grad from West Virginia. He piled on hit after hit intimidating other publicists around him who were happy to fly under the radar. Taking over the agency was his master plan, but realized he had a better chance of taking over the Mountaineers’ basketball and football programs.
@prblog and @laermer — The co-founders of the Bad Pitch Blog are smart and savvy, not only with their approach to PR, but to their management of staff as well. The only dynamic duo to appear on this list, Kevin Dugan and Richard Laermer probably know this, but every PR pro hates that BPB exists. No self-respecting PR pro (and there are a few left) would ever want to see his/her pitch on their blog. Policing pitches is a service to the PR industry and I say we need it (as long as none of my pitches get featured there).
@PRCog — The only anonymous twitterer to make the list. P-Cog is deep inside the PR machine and a keen observer of everything PR. His extaordinary ability to turn his observations into the funniest yet genuine tweets about the industry makes him a target by Danko. Unfortunately for P-Cog, his ID and mine gets mixed up at times on Twitter. Many have asked if we’re twins or the same person. That’s for you guys to find out at #masquertweet in July so RSVP today.
@Aerocles — A Greek mythology buff (judging by his Twitter handle) and a certified expert of the ABC TV series Lost, David Teicher’s insights were recently included in EW’s Doc Jensen’s weekly dissection of the show. He is also 1/3 of the designated hosts for #masquertweet in July. Formerly, a semi-anonymous twitterer, David is known to tweet even in his sleep. He is a lean mean tweeting machine.
@arikhanson — His bio says he’s a savvy communications professional, and I beg to differ. Arik Hanson is more than that. If you follow him already, then you know he’s quite the PR analyst. And guess what? He’s not based in NYC though he’s got the pulse of the NY PR and media scenes. Check out his blog, Communications Conversations, if you don’t believe me. He also makes the list because he’s an avid golfer and writes occasionally for golf publications. How he got that sideline work living in Minneapolis is a mystery I’d like to uncover.
@kevinmercuri — One of two Kevins to be included in this list, Kevin Mercuri lives up to his last name. He’s as hot as Mercuri. Forget the fact that he’s the president and founder of Propheta Communications, and that he has extensive experience in all areas of PR, his Twitter pic alone gets him on this list. How can I not select a man in a tux? Heard through the celebrity gossip pages that while walking the streets of Miami, Kevin was mistaken for Marc Anthony.
@CTMichaels — By virtue of the fact that he was my first follower on Twitter, CTMicheals (his first name is not on his profile) makes it as one of the ten PR Dudes with the Smoothest Moves (on Twitter). If I were to guess, he does PR for Slim-Fast, Wrigley’s and the tobacco industry, based on his tweets. The dude is also literally smooth. I hear he shaves all of his body hair.
So there ya go…if you agree/disagree, please feel free to send in your comments. Please note that I am no longer accepting pitches.