Last Updated Nov 21, 2008 8:06 AM EST
Abrams doesn't plan to do it the old-fashioned way, through what we PR people call "media relations." No, his business plan seemingly calls for his company to pay working journalists and others to "offer insights, data and personnel never before available to businesses." (We'll see how that goes down with their bosses)
I'd say Abrams already has one PR skill down: spin.
I'm sure with his high profile, Abrams will snag a few clients. But then he's going to find out how the PR business really works, and he might be in for a bit of shock.
You see, if journalists really had the ability to advise businesses on mission-critical communications and strategic issues, they wouldn't be journalists. They would be high level strategists. (Take David Axelrod, former political reporter and Obama's chief strategist, as a prime example.)
Journalists are, for the most part, dreamy storytellers, many with an inflated view of their importance and the uniqueness of their opinions and views.
But once they get out into the for-profit business world, in my experience, they quickly realize that PR isn't nearly as easy as they think.
Here's an example from Abrams' site of the value-add he imagines he will provide:
A video game distributor is seeking an assessment of how blogs in a particular market will react to its new product. Abrams Research can reach out to the most influential industry bloggers and present an overview of their opinions on a particular marketing message.Good luck selling that exclusive service, Dan.
PS -- Abrams is hedging his bets, too. He'll keep his job as MSNBC's legal analyst.