For most PR pros preventing leaks is just part of managing an M&A process. Communicators also are responsible for convincing stakeholders that the merger will bring added value to the company and, if the deal is rejected (read: Comcast-Time Warner Cable), where the companies goes from there.
Internal communications is one of the most nettlesome aspects of PR. It’s tough making sure everyone in-house is receiving the message. There are things that can bolster internal relations, and they closely resemble what you do for external campaigns.
The best brands and companies find ways to align PR and marketing, but even the most disciplined teams can sometimes find themselves engaged in bitter turf wars. Here are four tips for solving conflicts when they arise between the two functions.
Bud Light apparently was trying to be anything but boring with a new marketing message on some of its beer bottles—and got burned in the process.
An axiom in pro sports is that there is no such thing as an off season. Athletes keep themselves in shape year round and sports execs constantly seek ways to improve their team’s competitive edge. Ditto for PR.
“My parents taught me quitting is not an option. My mom is an educator and my dad was a forester. They were all about giving back to the community. Although I’ve had great jobs and some not-so-great jobs, I’ve never quit a job.”
For Jeff Kuhlman, VP of global communications for Nissan Motor Co., it’s crucial to get out the company message as it relates to the three biggest challenges facing the automotive industry: autonomous driving; zero emissions; and the connected car.
Google started putting company press releases in its news search results this spring, which likely silenced some who claimed the press release was dead. It remains an important tool for communicators, which means the stress of managing edits from senior leaders and clients is not going away anytime soon.
In the current climate—with technology a major driver in getting your message out to the right audience at the right time—communicators execs need to work closely with their IT counterparts.