Archive: July 2016

Did They Really Say That?

July 25th, 2016 by

Say What? Item 1: Who knew? The contest in November is Lady and the Trump. But did you know thinking about it will influence how much Starbucks you drink? It’s true. A quick aside: During the 2013 annual meeting of British retailer Marks & Spencer, shareholders blasted its embattled leader Marc Bolland, quipping that the… Continued

How the 2016 Presidential Race May Change Brand Communications

July 22nd, 2016 by

Brand communicators seek to influence the undecided and convince them of the value of the product or service they’re representing. They try to accomplish this through third-party media coverage, the sharing of their own content and community engagement. Once upon a time, politicians sought the same end and used similar means. Things have changed. Largely… Continued

Eight Ideas to Unlearn this Summer: A Communicator’s Checklist

July 20th, 2016 by

Sand between your tanned toes and the relaxing sound of waves hitting the shore. Happy hour that begins at 4pm (it’s 5’oclock somewhere). Visiting new places. Dealing with crowds (literally, being able to deal with crowds). Such are the joys of summer. It’s enough to make you forget what’s going on back at the office.… Continued

What Can We Learn From Chipotle’s New Video?

July 7th, 2016 by

Fictitious ad man Don Draper of the AMC hit series Mad Men famously said, “If you don’t like what is being said, then change the conversation” (season 3, episode 2). While it’s inadvisable to take business advice from a TV character, the concept has merit and is used in PR regularly. It’s a savvy move to… Continued