I was thinking about this recently: When did we hand the keys over to journalists when it comes to shining the spotlight on our businesses? We now have to jump through hoops, write the perfect pitch letter, and stroke their egos to even be considered worth writing about. And even then, there are no guarantees that we’ll get in print (or digital print, as it were).
So why do we give journalists all our power?
I think we’ve become accustomed to this system where journalists are the despots in charge of granting attention to the companies they deem worthy, and so we write press releases and pitches desperate to fall in their good graces. But the world of marketing and PR has changed drastically, and we no longer need that archaic system. As entrepreneurs, we’re perfectly capable of generating a buzz about our brands without their help.