Stories by Andrew Blum

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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.

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Litigation PR: A Key Part of the PR Tool Box

April 11th, 2016 by

Litigation PR serves a few purposes: it’s a tactical way for lawyers to help win a case, defend a client against a case or try to influence a case in their client’s favor. It’s also led to a cottage industry in the PR business: the litigation PR specialist.

While litigation PR can also be connected to a crisis with some of the similar skills needed for PR in both instances, it’s a unique subset of PR.

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6 Media Trends for PR Pros in 2016

January 25th, 2016 by

Keeping up with media trends can sometimes feel like a full-time job. Here are a few key trends to look for as PR pros plan their 2016 campaigns.

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How to Keep the PR-Media Relationship Fresh

December 21st, 2015 by

In PR, your media contacts and their news beats are your lifeline. Being up to date with those is what gets you and your client the outreach and placements you strive for and helps maintain the PR-media relationship.

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How to Get a PR Hit from Op-Eds and Bylined Articles

November 30th, 2015 by

In order to get a client op-ed published on a significant op-ed page, on a major website or in a key trade publication, you need good strategy, substance and timing.

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How to Get Media Attention During an Active News Cycle

October 28th, 2015 by

It’s hard to compete with a huge news story when you’re trying to pitch your brand’s message to the media. Here are some tips to deal with the unexpected.

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Go Beyond Social Media to Get Your Point Across

September 28th, 2015 by

Readers, viewers, consumers and those who follow social media are all engaged in a fluid, changing environment. What works one day on social media may not work the next.