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Blogger offers rave review for free food, hilarity ensues.....

dbrodbeck Dec 11, 2013 02:21 PM

So that sort of backfired.....

http://gawker.com/blogger-offers-rest...

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    FriedClamFanatic Dec 11, 2013 02:34 PM

    of course! A free meal for publicity? It's never been done? OK.a bit outrageous and pretentious. Who ever said Bloggers had to be smart or subtle

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      Jase Dec 11, 2013 02:38 PM

      Is she a yelp elite?

      1. ennuisans Dec 11, 2013 03:58 PM

        Funny. Businesses approach writers and musicians to do free work all the time, because think of the publicity! Somehow that's fine, but let a writer try it from their end and it's audacious and laughable.

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          small h Dec 11, 2013 07:11 PM

          Not the same thing. Asking writers to work for free in exchange for "exposure" is different from offering a favorable review in exchange for a fancy dinner. Both scenarios are icky, but the latter has that extra layer of deception (because readers won't know the review was bought & paid for) that ratchets up the stink.

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            Jase Dec 11, 2013 08:34 PM

            Right and every serious musician and writer I know scoff at the free for publicity offer. They expect to get paid.

          2. sockii Dec 13, 2013 06:22 AM

            And I don't see any disclosure on her website that she accepts freebies in return for write-ups/"reviews". That's the most unethical thing to me - and potentially an FTC violation given current guidelines for bloggers.

            1. Caroline1 Dec 14, 2013 08:57 PM

              The heart of a hooker!

              1. Kajikit Dec 15, 2013 04:33 PM

                Shrug... she's not actually a reviewer. She's shilling advertising for the restaurant, assuming that anybody thinks she's famous enough to take up. Doesn't seem any different from the endless 'product placements' we're subjected to in the media nowadays. The product gives money/product to the public personage, they get PR. Only question is, is this person actually a 'celebrity' enough to give the restaurant the value she's promising. I could shill for you on my facebook - I have 300 friends! But who cares...

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