9 of the craziest PR and social media requests

Whether they’re asking to be on a show that’s no longer on TV or they’re turning down media coverage that they deem lacking (‘What about the cover?’), clients sometimes have astronomical expectations.

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Though we’d rather explain that the company makes construction equipment lug nuts and that getting on that show doesn’t even hit the target audience, for some reason we always reply, “We’ll definitely work on that!” It’s another classic PR or social media shake-my-head moment.

With the assistance of Help A Reporter Out (HARO), I wanted to document some of the craziest, most absurd requests or assignments PR and social media professionals have received.

Here are some of the more interesting responses from our colleagues:

1. “My kid does karate—get us a reality show.”

“A client in the healthcare industry said to me, ‘My kid does karate, my wife does arts and crafts, and I am a doctor. I don’t understand why you can’t get us a reality show.’ There was almost nothing I could do to keep a straight face.”—Emily Taffel, owner, Mugsy PR

2. “Get us on Oprah—even though her show ended over two years ago.”

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