Like many of my blogging friends, my IN-BOX is INUNDATED with pitches from PR folks.
I thought you might want to see a sample of what I pulled in today:
SUBJECT: CONDOM SALES ON THE RISE DURING THE RECESSION
Hi. I hope you are well.
I wanted to check in to see if you had seen last week’s USA Today article regarding condom sales in the current economy…
In the past few months, it has become increasingly difficult to find an industry that is thriving, but there is one that has proven time and again to be truly recession-proof – the sex industry.
Recent sales analyses by Ansell Healthcare, the makers of LifeStyles Condoms, show a clear inverse relationship between poor economic times and condom sales. As more and more people find extra time on their hands and less money in the bank, we’re seeing a new trend in how consumers are choosing to spend that time.
Interesting, as well as making me grateful once again that I'm so old now that birth control is no longer an issue. But there's a flip side:
20 million American couples in sexless marriages
Good Morning America just reported that 20 million American couples are in sexless marriages – meaning these couples are sexually intimate 10 or fewer times in a year. Experts say this is an epidemic. Experience Project (EP –www.experienceproject.com), an online social forum where people connect anonymously through like experiences, is seeing a major increase in users participating in a discussion on this very topic, sharing their own reality of this “epidemic.”
Here's another one trying to appeal to those of us who are feeling the effects of the economy:
ATTENTION ALL "RECESSIONISTAS"
Hi There –
During this economic struggle when spirits are low and money is tight, one can’t help but be a “recessionista.”
ELSPETH New York
The bags on sale are really attractive - but they still cost hundreds of dollars, even after the discount. I hate to break it to these folks, but the only thing I spend that kind of money on is my daughter's monthly gym tuition. I get all my bags at Target, they cost $30 or less -- and I get complimented on them all the time. And guess what? They hold just as much stuff as the designer handbags.
But the prize for the PR Pitch of the Day goes to this one:
SOTRY IDEA: YELLOW IS THE NEW PURPLE!
This caught my eye (and not just because of the misspelling in the headline!) because Megan is looking for a yellow dress for her Saturday morning Bat Mitzvah ceremony (we purchased a purple one for her Friday evening appearance). And First Lady Michelle Obama got a lot of props for wearing vibrant yellow at the Inauguration. So imagine my surprise when I read the rest of the email:
case you didn’t know – yellow is the new purple! The 2009 Fashion Week is
here and setting the Spring color pallet. The hippest color to watch is bright
yellow. If you want to start this yellow trend – not just cloths and fashion
then take it to the next level. Yellow is everywhere from nails to hair, to
hair down there! Betty Beauty product, Betty “color for the hair down
there!” is the perfect item to add that yellow flair.
I am having a little fun imagining how my husband would react if I suddenly sported um, "color down there" -- especially since I've started letting the hair "up here" go gray because I can't afford to see my hairdresser as often as I used to.