Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Are You Giving Validation to Others?

While catching up on all the fantastic blogs that I missed in the past week, there was one in particular that really caught my eye. The all-too-fantastic Leila Khalil of Be Inspired PR tapped into a great topic on her Inspired by This blog last Tuesday. The title of the post was "What To Do When You Have Been Mis-Credited or Left Out of Press You Deserve". Did you see this already? Well if not and you are a wedding industry professional, I recommend you read it.

This is a situation that {sigh} most wedding vendors deal with at one point or another. It relates to us on the receiving end, and the giving end {'cause let's be honest, it can be just as easy for you to slip on giving someone else credit as it is vice versa}. But accident or intentional, skipping out on recognizing a vendor for something they did is a big no-no. When someone pours their heart and soul into their work, they deserve to be noted for it. Plain and simple.

When you are submitting event photos for magazine publication, blogging about someone else's work, or even tweeting about something you saw and liked, are you keeping in mind that someone else's blood, sweat, and tears was behind it all? Hopefully you are. Because beyond the fact that it's the ethical thing to do, and even beyond the fact that readers deserve to know which vendors the work belongs to, it will damage your own reputation if you don't credit people where it is due. You could burn bridges. And fast. Trust me, you don't want to walk that fine line. Being respected by others in this industry is huge.

So remember, it only takes 3 seconds to give validation to something that took someone else hours upon hours {upon hours} to make beautiful and successful. Take that extra minute to double check and make sure anyone involved in the event is covered. And hopefully people are doing the same for you.

Definitely check out Leila's blog to read her entire post. As a PR pro, she includes great tips on how to deal with these potentially sticky situations. They are not fun, but they happen. And they can affect your business, so read up.

~ Jodi


Leila Khalil |Wedding Publicist| Be Inspired PR said...

Love it! Thanks so much for the support :)