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Copywriting Secrets of the Masters: Link Building With Publicity Stunts Brian Clark

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Link Building With Publicity Stunts Link baiting with web content can really just come down to the good old fashioned publicity stunt. When properly planned, targeted, and executed, publicity sought for publicity's sake can be an incredible force. It can turn an idea into a business and give a fading star a fresh chance to brave the media glare. From Howard's Stern's Union Square give-away of 500 free satellite radios to commemorate his switch to Sirius, to the Britney and Madonna kiss at the MTV Music Awards, to the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction," publicity stunts create attention. But stunts are hard to control, and sometimes the after-effects can be mixed or downright nasty. Here's an example of an engineered maneuver that had the exact opposite effect from what was intended. Elvis Presley laid the groundwork for the modern celebrity publicity stunt by joining the U.S. Army on March 24, 1958. It wasn't his stunt, though. Despite the lack of a war, he was drafted for a two year tour of duty in Germany until he was honorably discharged in 1960. Presley's peacetime draft was a conservative political move to protect the country from the corrupting influence of his music, and it had exactly the opposite effect. Here's how Alan Levy's book Operation Elvis describes the move: By pretending he was just like anybody else, the Army had demonstrated to the world The Importance of Being Elvis. Thanks to a political miscalculation, Elvis became more famous than ever, and publicists ever since have worked this angle to amplify the importance of being [insert celebrity client name here]. The irony is, before leaving for Germany, Elvis had already agreed to make nearly ten years of really bad movies, which would help send his career -- all decked out in bejeweled white jumpsuits -- on a one-way trip to Vegas.

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Copywriting Secrets of the Masters - Link Building With Publicity Stunts - Brian Clark  

Copywriting Secrets of the Masters - Link Building With Publicity Stunts - Brian Clark