Stories by Anthony Billoni, director, Tobacco-Free Western NY and Aaron Hugo, EVP/partner, Pinckney Hugo Group

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A Fairy Tale of Tobacco Helps Nonprofit Be Heard

August 22nd, 2016 by

This case study looks at how a nonprofit broke the clutter to make sure its message was heard. It used creativity to make sure its message was heard.

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A Crisis Lingers: Numbers Show Chipotle Has Long Road Ahead

August 15th, 2016 by

We asked TrendKite, a Texas-based media tracker, to run an analysis of media and social mentions, key messages and headlines to see if Chipotle’s plan to change the conversation worked. The data, generated exclusively for PR News Pro, could also determine how long a crisis can linger in the media. The stock market, however, has a quick way to calculate this: Chipotle shares are down nearly 50% during the past year.

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Z Best Is Yet to Come: How to Communicate With Gen Z

August 1st, 2016 by

Just as communicators are starting to ‘get’ millennials, there’s a follow-on cohort, Generation Z. While there’s debate about the age range of Gen Z, we’ll define it here as those born from 1995 to now, meaning anyone 21 or younger. As a communicator you can think of Gen Z-ers as the poor man’s millennials and treat them as you did their predecessors. This is a mistake. It’s better to see them as young evolutionaries. Of the characteristics that will influence how brands interact with this group, the most important may be Gen Z’s sway over family spending (more on this below). These toddlers, tweens and teens represent 28% of the population. In four years this is expected to be 40%. While the implications for communicators are clear, a paradigm shift makes Gen Z’s influence even greater. Unlike their predecessors, they have more sway over not just their piggy bank but family spending. It started with putting Gen Z in the driver’s seat for low-stakes purchases and has evolved into many Gen Z-ers making family decisions for tech devices, vacation and cars. In terms of back-to-school buying, a 2015 National Retail Federation survey found 10% of parents admit their children influence 100% of what they buy, up from 8% in 2014.

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5 Tips Summer Interns Used to Get Hired, Plus Insight from Their Boss

July 25th, 2016 by

So here you are: You’ve landed your dream summer internship. Look at you! Being an ambitious, forward-thinking go-getter, you’re already wondering how to convert it into a full-time job. We were in your shoes not long ago. Below are the most important things we did as interns to land full-time gigs. To add perspective, we’ve invited our boss, Becky Boles, to add her thoughts on what it takes to get hired by a major communications firm.

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THE WEEK IN PR

July 18th, 2016 by

Full Court Press (Release): It’s almost become de rigueur for sports superstars to take a retirement victory lap: Announce you’re retiring the following year and spend your last season being showered with gifts and accolades from opposing teams when you visit their venues for the final time. It’s fine when you’re no longer at top form. It’s a different matter when you club a home run or sink a basket to defeat your opponent, which hours earlier presented you with a custom-built rocking chair and a Harley. 40-year-old David Ortiz has done that all season. His 22 home runs and league-leading 34 doubles have given the Dominican his best first half in Boston. Basketball star Tim Duncan, also 40, would have none of the swan song hoopla.

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The Week in PR

June 2nd, 2016 by

Never Mind: As PR pros know, when you refuse to tell your brand’s story, chances are decent that someone else will do it for you, accurately or not. That’s been the story with Theranos, which… Continued

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How Arby’s Found Its Voice Under Pharrell’s Hat

April 18th, 2016 by

At the end of 2015, Arby’s same-store sales increased 8.1%, outpacing a comparable set of Quick-service restaurants (QSR) by an estimated 5.5% during the same period. While it might seem that this happened overnight, several elements were in place that helped prompt the brand find its voice.

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March 28th, 2016 by

Communications, Rep and ROI: Communicators will be interested in an addendum to Reputation Institute’s Global RepTrak 100, its annual list of the top 100 companies based on reputation.

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Tips and Tactics for Communicators When the CEO Is at the Center of a Controversy

March 28th, 2016 by

It’s important for communicators to remain calm and collect the facts. In a situation where the CEO is the focus of media scrutiny, one way to do that is for communicators to play journalist and literally interview the CEO. Senior communicators should have the kind of relationship with the CEO where he or she can discuss things with communicators and confide in them.