Source Contact Info:
- Name: matt
- Company: folsom creative
Pitch Title: RE: Is Marketing and PR Responsible for Fake News?
On August 30, 2019, 11:54 AM MDT Thought for Your Penny wrote:
I myself work in marketing more than journalism, so I do understand and am a lot more open to what you’re saying than I probably come off haha. The real battle I’m having is as a content creator, I work on my blog for free (technically make about $500/year, but that pays for the site costs and nets me maybe $100 in profit annually). That’s my journalistic side, but to keep that up, I have to find ways to pay my bills. I get squeezed by news outlets, marketing agencies, and everyone in between, and my only option after doing this for a decade now with no way of passing a background check is contracting, whether as a blogger, Postmates driver, or painter/laborer.
I’ve worked with hundreds of companies over my lifetime, and while you’re right that the brands and corporations as a whole mean well, marketing isn’t immune to the same issues every other industry has. The themes and commonalities of business and corporate America were the same when I worked at Countrywide, Worldcom, Best Buy, GNC, Jack in the Box, Olive Garden, Honeywell, the U.S. Army, Xerox, and everywhere in between. I’ve heard the same stories from everywhere. Marketing and media aren’t immune.
So just like GNC’s motto isn’t “half our shit isn’t ever looked at by the FDA” and Honeywell doesn’t print “This $10 fan is going to break in less than a year, because you’re a cheapskate,” marketing agencies will of course have the exact same squeaky-clean corporate culture all these other places did. But if marketers were truly providing value, wouldn’t those be actual mottos, even if used humorously? Of all these companies, Jack in the Box and Taco Bell come closest by just admitting they’re late night drunk food.
So there are two things I’m curious about:
1. Would you like to do a Skype video call in October for a podcast I’m working on to discuss this exact topic? I feel you have a grasp of it and do see both sides as well. It could be a fun back and forth. I’m actually quite smiley in person and on camera. Could be a fun video if you’re up to it. Otherwise, I would need to email you a bit to get more back and forth for a full-on blog. It’s definitely something I want to explore though, because “fake news” is becoming more common as a search term, and what actually happened the past few years is a bunch of media outlets joined the same Writer’s Guild that helps Hollywood. I’m a freelancer, so I’m not in that guild and have no protection. In fact, I’m now who those unionized workers are being protected from. I’m basically locked out the gates of Emerald City banging on the door, begging to get in, and I can’t, so…
2) Are you hiring content writers? My working range is typically $0.10 per word, but to be perfectly honest, I’m not going to be able to pay rent October 1 and will be living in my car at that point, so I’m willing to drop the price if you have volume.
Thought for Your Penny
So our agency is currently all set on content writers.
In terms of back and forth, I would prefer to have an email correspondence than a podcast, as the link is what we shoot for with our HARO query responses 🙂
Let me know if you have any other specific questions on the topic, more than happy to answer to the best of my ability!
Digital Marketing Director
Fuck you and your link, Matt. You don’t care about shit. You just can’t accept responsibility like a man for the bitch industry you’re in. What’s most interesting about Matt (like other marketers) is he actually seems to believe the bullshit he’s spouting. He’s paid to make you buy a company’s products. That’s it. If you don’t buy, he loses the client. Connecting your wallet to his bottom line is all he cares about.
Can you believe this marketing troll asked for a link with a cute little girly emoticon while refusing to add any value to me? Fuck this guy and his fake news propaganda.