Stories by Andrew Blum, AJB Communications

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Does PR Have a Role in a Weinstein-Type Situation?

October 16th, 2017 by

The insidious nature of the Harvey Weinstein situation has become clear. Not only have the alleged inappropriate actions of Mr. Weinstein caused the apparent downfall of one of Hollywood’s top producers, the scandal also has touched the company he co-founded as well as NBC News, the Clinton Foundation and Amazon. James Corden, Woody Allen, Mayim Bialik and Al Michaels also were caught in the thicket. Can communicators do anything in situations like these when the boss and founder of a company is alleged to be a deviant?

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What You Need to Know to Keep That First Job in PR

August 16th, 2017 by

If you’ve just started working in PR no doubt you’ve learned that the life of a PR pro means juggling a lot of tasks and skills. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed. Worry not. Veteran communicator Andrew Blum has tips and tactics to help as you get acclimated to professional life. And while it’s unlikely your first job in PR is glamorous, it can be a steppingstone to the rest of your career.

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How You Can Elevate Your Brand and Maximize Coverage

July 21st, 2017 by

Getting your brand covered in the media is great. Unfortunately, from a brand awareness perspective, it’s merely the appetizer in a far larger PR meal. After that first story has bought you some media interest, it’s time to use every tool at your disposal to get even more coverage and name recognition for your brand. This can be done with both social and traditional media tools.

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5 Tips to Handle Fees in a High-Profile Crisis

January 30th, 2017 by

The client arrives with a high-profile crisis or a bet-the-company situation. The last thing you want to do is scramble to figure out how much to charge. Here are five tips to help you remain calm and cool…and get the fee you deserve.

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Crisis PR and Media Panel: Lessons From Roger Ailes, Martin Shkreli and Other High-Profile Cases

December 2nd, 2016 by

What do you get when you put together a panel of two crisis PR executives and two high-profile reporters speaking to a group of law firm PR people? Answer: a wide-ranging discussion of PR/legal dynamics and how media and PR can work effectively on news relating to high-profile complex litigation.

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Dealing With International Media: Time Zones, Language, Culture and Other Factors

September 16th, 2016 by

The next time you think you are having a tough day in PR dealing with media in the U.S., count yourself on the lucky side. You could be dealing with media around the world. Time zones, language, culture and other factors make dealing with international media much more complex and difficult than strictly doing U.S. media outreach.

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How to Work With Law Firms, One of PR’s More Complex Clients

August 26th, 2016 by

A large law firm can be a source of great PR potential, with exciting news and high-profile clients. Sometimes, getting the news out or commenting to reporters can be sticky. The problem can boil down to internal rules and policies and client conflicts that prohibit talking to the media on certain topics, or need multiple layers of approval to do so.

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Book Publicity: How to ‘Book’ Authors in the Media

July 18th, 2016 by

Authors, publishers and books have long been the PR clients in the book publicity business. And as the industry has changed, so has the media covering it along with the PR people promoting the books. In recent years, the book industry has changed with the rise of e-books, Kindle, Amazon.com, pressure on big publishers, and more self-published authors. Despite the changes, thousands of new books come out each year, so competition for readers and media coverage is tougher than ever.

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How to Deal With a PR RFP (Request for Proposals)

June 15th, 2016 by

If you’ve been in the PR business for a while, you no doubt have come across a PR request for proposals. An RFP can be an opportunity for your business or it can be a frustrating waste of time. Before you decide if you want to submit a response, you need to think it through and ask a bunch of questions.

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How Do You Handle a High-Profile PR Client?

May 18th, 2016 by

Having a high-profile PR client can be exciting and profitable, but it brings with it a number of intangibles and unexpected twists you might not have foreseen. Even though the media wants a high-profile client, and you would think that would be easier than getting publicity for a regular client, these requests often come in bunches and at odd hours.