Archive: November 2011

Pepper Spray PR: 9 Media Relations Tactics to Snuff Out Today

November 28th, 2011 by

  Unless you were hiding under a rock this past Thanksgiving (which for some, is an understandable move), you heard about the woman who used pepper spray in a Walmart in Los Angeles so she could ensure her take of good deals. Add that to the police officers who pepper sprayed student protesters at UC-Davis. … Continued

7 Reasons to Be Thankful

November 22nd, 2011 by

I wish it weren’t so, but I take too many good things in life for granted. So now’s the time to get it all down, when everybody has left the office for several days and friends and family have flown the coop and burrowed themselves into mounds of food and submitted to mega-blasts of football.… Continued

Public Down on CEOs, So What’s the PR Alternative?

November 18th, 2011 by

As cities around the nation experience protests over the power of big business (see the Water Cooler on New York’s latest actions around Occupy Wall Street), a study of 1,800 American adults by the Public Affairs Council shows that the public is rather ambivalent about business. On the one hand, most respondents have a favorable… Continued

Twitter Gets Free PR From Salman Rushdie

November 15th, 2011 by

Author Salman Rushdie waged a brief battle with Facebook on Nov. 14 when the social network disputed his identity, shut down his account and then changed his profile name to Ahmed Rushdie, the name on his passport, according to the New York Times. Rushdie vented on Twitter, which is not as finicky about authentic identities,… Continued

The Paterno Statement We Didn’t Get

November 10th, 2011 by

Joe Paterno got fired last night (Nov. 9) by the Penn State board of trustees. According to a recent grand jury report, in 2002 the legendary college football coach had been notified of sexual activity in a Penn State locker room between former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and a boy estimated to be… Continued

Cloistered Penn State Program Causes Crisis

November 8th, 2011 by

It wouldn’t be going out on a limb to say that Penn State University has a monumental crisis on its hands. The revelations of alleged sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno’s defensive coordinator for 22 years until he retired at age 55 in 1999, has now put the university in a defensive position. That’s… Continued

13 Things on Your Desk You Need to Throw Out Today (or Tomorrow)

November 7th, 2011 by

I do not agree with the saying that a “cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind” because, guess what -I can see very clearly that my desk is not so neat.  Which isn’t to say my desk couldn’t benefit from a clean-up, not for aesthetic purposes but because the activity itself can re-set… Continued

The World Belongs to the Human, Geeky Start-Ups

November 4th, 2011 by

Priya Ramesh, director of social media strategy for CRT/tanaka, recently told PR News that from a PR perspective, she sees little value in Google+. Right now, in this interim before the launch of brand pages, Google+ is “PR and marketing people talking to each other.” And she doesn’t expect the launch of brand pages on… Continued

Herman Cain’s Problem: He Could Have Used Eli Gold

November 1st, 2011 by

Surprise: a scandal of a sexual nature has hit a major political campaign. The accusation of sexual misconduct in the 1990s by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has caused a media firestorm, with every response from Cain being dissected, analyzed and criticized. When I first heard about this, my reaction was “this is life imitating… Continued