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Who Gets Your Vote for 2016′s Spokesperson of the Year?

Well, it’s almost a wrap on 2016, and what a year it’s been. I’ll bet you thought those presidential primaries would never end. Perhaps that’s an exaggeration. It only feels like the last five weeks have spanned a year. For some PR professionals, the past five weeks have probably felt more like five years. In […] | MORE »

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6 Recommendations for Dealing With Unhappy Customers

We’ve all had to deal with unhappy customers, whatever our line of work. If you’re an agency PR pro, you have to respond to unsatisfied clients from time to time. If you’re an in-house PR or marketing pro, perhaps you’ve seen customer dissatisfaction played out in public on Twitter. It can be disheartening for sure, […] | MORE »

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Zappos Takes ‘Giving Back’ Literally With Dead-of-Night Gift Drop-Off in Hanover, N.H.

Please visit your local mom-and-pop shops this holiday season. Go to that toy store that’s been around for 65 years and which just suffered another humiliating rent increase. Buy your wrapping paper at the greeting card store that’s hanging on by its fingernails and getting by on deeply felt smiles. OK, my commercial’s over. I’m […] | MORE »

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What’s the Most Important PR Metric? Wrong Question

At PR News’ upcoming Measurement Conference in Chicago, Kirstie Foster, director of corporate and brand communications for General Mills, is going to present a case study looking at a new measurement program she just rolled out for brands such as Cheerios, Yoplait and Pillsbury. Historically, there’s been a lack of consistent PR measurement across General […] | MORE »

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‘PR’ Stands for ‘Public Relations,’ in Case Your CEO Forgot

Subway must want this year to end quickly. Jared Fogle, the company-created celebrity spokesperson, this week agreed to plead guilty of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and the distribution and receipt of child pornography, according to the Associated Press. Sales were already falling. Now, with Fogle’s child pornography case, Subway […] | MORE »

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3 Ways to Cut Through in the Shark Days of Summer

We’ve reached the point in summer when the accumulation of heat and humidity slows the reflexes and thought processes. This is when stories about shark attacks dominate news cycles. Calculated, outrageous statements by politicians running for national office barely raise an eyebrow. As professional communicators know, it always takes a lot to cut through. In […] | MORE »

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Writer, Teach Thyself

Write exceedingly well and you’ll increase your chances of succeeding in your workplace and in the job market. Write poorly and you’ll increase the burden of work for your colleagues and be seen as potentially expendable in economic downturns. That’s just how it is. This is doubly true if you’re a PR professional or journalist. […] | MORE »

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A World Without Twitter?

PR News’ millennial advisory board members were pretty emphatic when they told us Twitter is the social networking platform they use the most in their work lives. Nothing else comes close. These dozen or so PR pros at b2c and b2b companies, nonprofits and agencies rely mostly on Twitter to communicate brand messages on social […] | MORE »

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A Plain Truth About the Media Ecosystem

There are so many sources of news media now and so many ways to get the news, it’s difficult to determine which outlets and journalists have the most influence. Also, social media has leveled the playing field, and traditional media brands don’t matter as much now. So you’ve been led to believe—or want to believe. […] | MORE »

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PR Agency Pros and the Cure for In-House Anxiety

In-house PR practitioners don’t have it easy, in general. Sometimes they have to deal with a lack of understanding and appreciation for the work they do. (Did I say sometimes?) Sometimes they get recognized internally only when something goes wrong that needs to get fixed, now. Sometimes they’re asked to wear so many hats and […] | MORE »

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