Because I AM A REALLY GOOD PERSON, last year I answered one of these Winter Wish requests. The volunteer organization New York Cares sent me some kid’s letter that she had written to Santa requesting in-line skates. Because I waited until the last minute, I didn’t have enough time to ship the skates (and helmet — safety first, kids!) and wound up schlepping the huge package up to the Bronx in a freezing rain storm to an organization that distributed the gifts. This year I’m signing up early to avoid the last minute desperate search for size 4 pink rollerblades and long trek to outer boroughs…and you should, too.
I know it’s only October, but playing Santa was one of my favorite parts of last December.
Ok! And now back to your regularly scheduled assholiness.
The sponsored posts should go for far more than the $3 CPMs on display. They’re taking a premium form of advertising and using it as an add-on, when they should be upselling it. (And there’s no inventory for sponsored posts.)
And in that email exchange, there’s no upselling, just throwing it in for free.
What’s more: this lead CAME to them! Why are you throwing in fries and a drink when the client is clearly willing to pay full price for the stand alone product? I’d understand if this was an effort to build a portfolio of executions for a new product or something… but the “sponsored post” is pretty old hat for Gawker Media, and the “client” is already starting at the 25k line!
What Ryan Brown said.
Because the rebuy is better than the buy. Because you want clients who get real value and keep coming back. That’s how you build a business.
…But how many times in my life will I be able to escort 51 of America’s hottest bachelors around Manhattan? There are some of you out there that shouldn’t watch this. You know who you are. Oh this is part one in a series FYI.
You guys, relax. It’s a blog post. It’s just a fragment of a thought.
Whoa. I go away for 30 mins to pick up my CSA share (the carrots look like fingers from a working giant’s hands and the monster turnips could double as softballs, in case you were wondering) and THIS broke out? I apologize for my rude YM brethren. Succeeding while not compromising your principles is possible, but everyone will hate you for it. I read it in a book, it was underlined.
Freelancers have to take junkets. They get jobs using junkets. Publications don’t have the scratch to support their writers - and especially their freelance writers - giving publication-backed assessments of places unless you’re the Times; to compete, you have to take a junket, or else all rate-and-review coverage goes to Yelp, which, as we all know, is for retards. Truth. But just because you take a junket doesn’t mean you’re indebted to vis-a-vis coverage, and if you give it to them, you’re an asshole, and your publication’s probably fucked anyway because it sucks. Even further: most publicists still won’t deny you future junkets if you slag them on one press outing after another. I’ve seen it happen because I’ve done it to them. How is this different from movies, plays, concerts, etc? Film and theater critics get +1s to all of these things, but nobody gives a shit because, what, there’s less cash on the line? Complete and utter bullshit.
“Well, the band hasn’t broken up. It’s one of those weird things where we never could agree amongst the four of us what the nomenclature should be for what was going on. It’s not one of those situations for us where we got together, formed a band, then played a few shows, released a couple records, and then decided to call it a day. We had been friends since even before the band started. I mean, I’ve known Brendan, the drummer, since I was like 14 years old. Up to this point I had only ever been in bands with him; I’ve been in like 6 groups with him. That’s a friendship that predates the band and will go to the grave with me, and the same with Joe and Ian. There’s a bond there that goes beyond whether or not we have a gig booked next week or we have a studio date booked, it’s just different than that. Initially I was kinda like, “Well, maybe we should say we broke up just so we can stop the phone from ringing and take a break.” But nobody felt right about it because it seemed kind of false. The band may do something again; we don’t know. We see each other all the time. We certainly always have work to do concerning the band, and we’re still working on projects within the band—like right now we’re trying to get every live tape that we have from the group archived on the Internet so people can listen to 1200 Fugazi shows! [Laughter] If they want to! You know, shit like that. We’re always dealing with stuff, there’s always an outside chance that we may decide to do something.”
This interview with Guy is mostly about his current work as a sideman for Vic Chestnut, but this is him explaining that Fugazi is in some way still something that exists. Though I hold out hope for those guys to make more music or tour again, I mostly just want to hear new music from Guy. He’s one of the great rock and roll vocalists of all time as far as I’m concerned, and it’s a shame that he’s not out there with new material of his own.