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Case Study: Nestle Waters North America Looks to Reinvent Recycling By Promoting Value of Extended Producer Responsibility

August 19th, 2013 by

The U.S. recycling rate has been holding at a paltry 34% for the past few years, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. What’s more, recyclable materials that are worth billions of dollars are still ending up in landfills each year.

8 Irresistible Incentives to Include in Your Content

August 14th, 2013 by

A large part of being a PR professional is getting people, whether journalists, consumers or stakeholders, to connect with the content that you’re putting on the page (or the screen). From pitches to press releases, if you can’t captivate your target audience, you’re not doing your job.

Be a Siren, Not a Car Alarm: When Less is More in PR

August 13th, 2013 by

When we practice good pitching techniques and follow up in a convenient fashion, we’re regarded in the newsrooms we serve as the blaring siren of an emergency vehicle. Bad pitching and inconvenient follow-up comes across as the continual alarm of a minivan. I

Does Your Content Pass the ‘So What’ Test?

August 9th, 2013 by

With the deluge of data rushing at journalists on a daily basis, there’s a key question you should ask before you send along that press release: So what? If your latest “news” doesn’t have a satisfying answer to that question, you may as well send it to the abyss.

5 Things a PR Pro Can’t Live Without

August 5th, 2013 by

Everyone has that one item he or she simply can’t live without. PR News asked its readers on Facebook to tell us exactly what that thing is, and the results are in.

Use Big Data To Build Your Brand

August 5th, 2013 by

Communications professionals spend a lot of time talking about Big Data these days. A keyword search for the term on PR Newswire yields about 500 press releases issued

Showing Up Is Now More Crucial Than Ever

August 5th, 2013 by

It wasn’t going to be a popular trip. Or a convenient one. Faced with having to shutter a major manufacturing site in Europe, the CEO of a well-known healthcare brand committed to personally sharing news with the country’s head of government, who had been lobbying for its continued operation.

Top Weiner Aide Offers Communicators a Lesson on How Not to Talk to Reporters

July 31st, 2013 by

If Anthony Weiner thought his campaign woes couldn’t get any worse, then Barbara Morgan likely changed his mind. Morgan is Weiner’s communication director and yesterday she responded to a former intern’s tell-all article in the Daily News with a barrage of insults and obscenities, which adds yet another layer of discreditable behavior to the campaign.

Coca-Cola’s Lawyers Claim Consumers Are Dumb To Believe Vitaminwater is Healthy

July 30th, 2013 by

A four-year-old lawsuit concerning the false advertising of Vitaminwater as a health drink continues to cause problems for Coca-Cola. The soft drink giant’s legal team has argued from the beginning that: “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.”

FedEx Package Tosser Mea Culpa: We’re All Crisis Managers Now

July 29th, 2013 by

By now, you’ve probably seen the video of a FedEx courier carelessly tossing bosses into the back of her truck. The other man in the video is a security guard named Bob Marge, and he wants you to know that he’s sorry.