Paul Walker’s death in a fiery high-speed car crash raises some tough PR questions for Universal. Universal already had a “do as I say, not as I do” PSA starring Walker in the can. As of this morning, the PSA had only 16,593 views on YouTube. Should Universal promote that PSA harder? Make more Walker PSAs?
Ten years ago, the media world was a very different place. The Web was experiencing growing pains and social networks Facebook and YouTube were not yet in their infancy. In PR precincts there was more change in the last decade than probably the previous three decades. So what does the next ten years hold in store for communicators?
We’re all going “native” now. The Interactive Advertising Bureau Wednesday is scheduled to release a white paper on so-called “native advertising,” or branded content, at the same time that the Federal Trade Commission is starting to hold daylong town hall hearings on the matter. Communicators should pay careful attention.
Organizers of a movement demanding a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers say they will sponsor one-day strikes in 100 cities on Thursday. It’s debatable whether wage strikes have a negative impact on the bottom line. But PR pros certainly need a strategy in place to respond to such protests and potential crises.
Time to chill out and warm up. As Black Friday approaches, Costco, Nordstrom, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club, among other big brands, have decided to buck the door-busting sales trend and give workers time off to enjoy the holiday with their families.