Author Archives: Matthew Schwartz
F. Scott Fitzgerald wore many hats. He was the chronicler of the Jazz Age; author of “The Great Gatsby;” a charter member of the so-called “Lost Generation” and inveterate boozer. He also coined one of the most enduring quotes: “There are no second acts in American lives.” Well, no one is perfect. In America, second […]
Figure skater Gracie Gold and hockey player T.J. Oshie have captured the hearts and minds of fans for their performances during the Winter Olympics. Will that translate into sweetheart endorsement deals selling various products and services? And what’s in it for communicators when they align their brands with celebrity spokespeople?
The dawn of the Jimmy Fallon era on The Tonight Show pretty much went off without a hitch Monday night. Fallon showed deference to the storied NBC franchise, but, as with any changing of the guard, he’s already made some changes to the program with an eye on expanding the audience.
Following his fourth-place finish in the halfpipe final at the Winter Olympics Tuesday, Shaun White is already making noises to focus more on his music career and less on snowboarding. But if the music thing doesn’t work out, White could also try his hand at branding. He certainly has a knack for how to manage his own brand.
Foot, meet mouth. Tim Armstrong, the CEO of AOL, has done it again. He’s apologized for comments that showed a remarkable lack of empathy for AOL employees. He’s also done PR pros a favor when it comes to convincing C-level executives on why it’s important that they show some compassion for their employees.
CVS Caremark, the country’s largest drugstore chain, is stamping out cigarette and tobacco sales. The move rebrands CVS as a healthcare company, positioning the chain store well beyond its retail business and drawing a sharp distinction with its competitors.
One of the more intriguing facets of the 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer concerns the credibility of spokespeople for companies and organizations. The trend lines bear watching for PR executives and communicators looking to both personalize the face of their brand and improve employee relations The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer online survey sampled 27,000 general population […]
Esurance’s ad buy was a shrewd play, combining paid and social media which has led to earned media—but not necessarily the kind the insurer wanted.