Stories by Diane Schwartz

The 2 Things You Need to Know Now About Social Media

March 28th, 2017 by

Social media exposes many ironies, including the possibility that we are less social because of social media. Remember the days when we used our phone for talking, not typing? And when a friend was someone whom you’d actually recognize if you bumped into her at the grocery store? Following someone, back in the day, was… Continued

How to Lose a Customer and Tarnish Your Brand in One Easy (Mis)Step

March 13th, 2017 by

Rarely do I mess with cookies, except to eat them. But an experience over the last two weeks with a furniture retailer had me clearing the cookies from my computer. So annoyed was I by the poor customer service and the constant retargeting of ads from this particular furniture store that I resorted to cleaning… Continued

The Leadership Lesson from The Super Bowl

February 6th, 2017 by

As the Super Bowl went into overtime and the Patriots took the lead and won the Vince Lombardi Trophy, my husband looked over at me and did not say “Wow, that was amazing!” Nor did he say “Pass the chips.” Instead he said, accusingly, “You’re going to blog about this, aren’t you?” Too obvious a… Continued

PR Leaders Agree: It’s OK to Be a Bad-Ass

January 25th, 2017 by

Coming just days after the Women’s March, PR News’ Top Women in PR awards luncheon in NYC was an ebullient event that brought the PR industry together to celebrate female leadership and the individuals who’ve moved the communications needle in the past 12 months.  If the on-stage commentary from the honorees is any indication, however,… Continued

Extreme Calendaring: Here’s How to Boost Productivity Now

January 3rd, 2017 by

Shopping for a 2017 wall calendar for my office over the holiday break, I had a hard time deciding between the zoo animals in yoga poses, all things Tuscany, or an adult coloring calendar.  My process of elimination amounted to total elimination: I knew I had neither the time nor artistic skill to color 12… Continued

Do Your 3 Search Words Suck? Six Questions to Ponder Now

November 7th, 2016 by

At a networking event last week, an industry colleague asked me if I’ve ever Googled myself. She whispered the question to me as if to self-Google were verboten. Fortunately, we were interrupted by a mutual friend and neither of us had to share the answer, which is, of course, Yes! Who hasn’t done that in… Continued

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9 Great Ideas From Award-Winning Communicators

October 21st, 2016 by

Brands, in an effort to get out a shareable tweet or a super-likeable post, are often caught in a daily trap of shallow engagement with its communities. Your stakeholders — humans just like you and me — want to be part of a movement, not part of a marketing moment. That statement rang true to… Continued

Let’s Make Public Relations More Relevant

September 12th, 2016 by

It’s true – a lot of people just don’t understand what PR people do. They think it’s about pitching the media, chasing positive coverage, then rinsing and repeating. Certainly media relations is an important component of public relations. Communicators have gotten much better at relating to the media and are using more innovative ways to… Continued

The Art of Making Them Wait

August 21st, 2016 by

We had just settled into our table at a restaurant in midtown Manhattan a week ago. The waiter was angling to take our order and, as it turns out, he was also eager to deliver it. A business associate and I had just settled into an interesting conversation, and before we knew it: there were… 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