Executive quotes in press releases are notorious for lacking any kind of substantial information. It’s the most common place to find fluff in a release, and they tend to be largely ignored.
Yesterday’s Microsoft – Yahoo press release featured video quotes from both Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, partially shown in this screenshot:
On the surface this seems pretty cool, and the press release even includes links to additional video clips for broadcast media:
But unfortunately these videos offer little more than a multimedia version of the typical executive fluff.
I commend Microsoft’s PR firm Waggener Edstrom for incorporating video content into the release, but it would have been great if the videos had been more substantial.
They can probably counter that both videos have had a significant number of views. But that’s all the more reason to make the most of the opportunity.
Do the videos add value or are they more executive fluff? Watch and judge for yourself.