Stories by Diane Schwartz

Questions All PR People Must Be Asking

April 26th, 2013 by

Oscar Wilde once said that the “question often arrives a terribly long time after the answer.”  For sure, asking the right questions early and often is the answer to a lot of problems we face as communicators.  Inundated with projects, challenges…

Kill Your Brand (For a Few Minutes)

April 22nd, 2013 by

The death of your brand: have you ever thought about it? Have you considered the implications of its demise, for better or worse? What might be lost in the marketplace of ideas, products or services if your brand no longer existed? Excuse my pessimism,…

Five PR Lessons From ‘The Voice’

April 15th, 2013 by

Why are so many of us addicted to “The Voice”? For me, it’s not because I am constantly reminded of what a poor singer I am.  I have my kids to remind me of that. Why I like “The Voice” over other reality shows has more to do…

Video, Rutgers and Leaders Gone Wild

April 3rd, 2013 by

At what point is it not OK for an employee to utter these words to people he’s managing: “You f—ing fairy; you’re a f—ing f—-t.” And at what point is it not OK to: Shove and kick the people you’re managing? The answer: when it

9 Pieces of Advice to Act On Today (I Swear!)

March 26th, 2013 by

  Advice is easy to come by and just as easy to dispense. What’s more difficult is heeding advice. At a recent awards luncheon in Manhattan hosted by PR News sister brand CableFAX, a group of young “executives to watch” shared useful advice …

Why I Didn’t Ignore Your PR Pitch

March 15th, 2013 by

The commonly used word “pitch” can be a disservice to the PR trade.  Pitching a story to a reporter assumes there’s a catcher (often there is no one on the other end to receive it or the recipient isn’t paying attention). Pitch…

Half-Baked Digital Ideas Will Leave Your Customers With a Really Bad Taste

March 1st, 2013 by

While nearly every brand is online  – be it with a Web site, email marketing programs, social media, apps  – many brands make the mistake of going a bit too far by not going far enough. I’m not talking about chasing the next shiny object. I’m…

There’s Nothing Fishy About The Weather Channel’s #Nemo Hash Tag

February 10th, 2013 by

The tweet caught my eye: “Don’t support The Weather Channel by calling this storm Nemo.” But I liked that name, and so did thousands of tweeters who tucked #Nemo into their 140-character updates. While not intended as the cute Nemo fish of Disney…

Blaming it on PR: A Cautionary Tale

February 8th, 2013 by

“It’s PR’s fault.” This is what a reporter acquaintance for a daily publication recently told me, as she was lamenting the inability to set up a meeting with a top executive at a major trade show coming up. “They didn’t get back to me, and …

20 Annoying Behaviors During Meetings

February 8th, 2013 by

Meetings are both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, great ideas and solutions abound when you bring people into a room, face to face.  People learn from one another and also get to know their colleagues better.  Ideas, concepts, hot-button issues …