The following is possibly one of the strangest examples of a press release that I’ve seen in ages. How Committed Are We To Environmental Transport? was issued by environmental transport consultants’ Aardvark Associates.
Not only is it very oddly written for a press release, but it lacks structure and seems to have no real news value. It also ends with a statement:
Please note that this document is for information only and is non-contractual;
Aardvark Associates decline all liability in the case of omissions or errors.
What does this mean and why would a journalist want to rely on any “experts” who appear unlikely to have checked any facts they provide.
I was convinced that this was a DIY job with no evidence of any professional public relations advice or expertise.
However, Google reveals Aardvark provides “public relations that impacts on your bottom line”. This is the same company as the phone numbers match.
Apparently Aardvark PR has been in business for over 15 years, but I cannot see any names on the website (although there is a lot of legalese). Despite the fact that they represent small automotive clients, no-one there is a member of MIPAA.
It appears that Aardvark represent Microcar UK to promote their electric vehicles – which is the topic of the above release, but not presented as a client news story. Indeed, the company contact on the release is Binz UK – maker of limos.
This is all odd. It has the appearance of being from an environmental consultancy, but might actually be an attempt at promotional PR in disguise – or is it?