Archive: August 2013

Klout Loses Clout Thanks to Shortsighted Tweet

August 30th, 2013 by

Social media ranking tool, Klout, is in hot water over a tasteless tweet.

How to Skillfully Address a Difficult Question

August 30th, 2013 by

One of the most uncomfortable positions for a speaker is to be challenged by the press. Unfortunately, it can occur at any given moment during a public event, and it’s something you have to be prepared for.

Bad News for Fast Food Corporations

August 29th, 2013 by

Reports have surfaced that a massive fast food protest will be staged next week around the country. Employees from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King are all expected to walk out of their jobs to voice concerns about poor treatment and unlivable wages.

How to Manage Edits From the Legal and Executive Teams, While Maintaining Your Sanity

August 29th, 2013 by

The phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” holds true for the editing process, as many PR pros can attest. A perfectly good press release or, worse, investor-relations memo, can be transformed into a Franken-doc by the time everyone has made their tweaks.

The Hype Machine

August 29th, 2013 by

Social media is not only here to stay, it’s set to evolve at a rapid pace as brands begin deciphering the best ways to use it. Nonetheless, hype can drown out utility as marketing managers and agency partners forget that social platforms are merely a tool just like any other channel.

When the Picture Doesn’t Match the Story

August 28th, 2013 by

In the tech world, one of the iconic moments of the 1990s was when Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997. He went to Macworld and gave one of his best speeches, during which he announced a partnership with Microsoft. Bill Gates made an appearance during that speech, projected on a giant screen behind Jobs. […]

Video is Still Not a Big Enough Part of PR (Infographic)

August 28th, 2013 by

Most PR pros (79%) agree that video is not being used nearly enough when it comes to content. However, according to a recent survey conducted by PR News and PR Newswire, that will change in 2014.

Back to School: 3 Crucial Skills to Master Today

August 28th, 2013 by

With the fall season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to refresh your public relations toolkit. Here are three essential skills communication professionals need to thrive in the coming year.

Short Film Emphasizes the Disturbing Role Devices Play in Our Lives: Video Pick

August 27th, 2013 by

Here’s a little food for thought on our increasingly addictive relationship with technology.

More Words and Phrases for PR Folks to Avoid

August 27th, 2013 by

A recent blog post by my colleague Diane Schwartz, titled, “9 Words to Avoid Saying Today,” struck a chord with communication pros. Using phrases such as “um,” and “you know” won’t do you any favors when you’re trying to impress the CEO or a prospective client.