Stories by Matthew Schwartz

How to Prep the Boss For a Major Presentation

August 5th, 2015 by

As the GOP prepares to hold its first presidential debate in Cleveland Thursday night, many PR pros are probably asking: How would I advise the 10 White House wannabes participating in the debate? Civilians most likely will watch the debate to see, for example, if Republican frontrunner Donald Trump sticks his foot firmly in his… Continued

A Much Sharper Vision for Online Video

July 16th, 2015 by

My older brother, knowing that that I want to get into online video—but continue to procrastinate about it—got me a Sony camcorder as a gift and I thank him for it. He gave me a push to finally start to better educate myself about how to shoot and produce online video, which is red-hot in PR and marketing.

How PR Can Strengthen Its Bond With Marketing

June 2nd, 2015 by

As C-level managers demand more accountability from their PR departments, communicators increasingly are trying to take their lead from marketing when it comes to measuring activity and demonstrating value. But the arc of media consumption is bending toward PR. If they’re to succeed in the future, both need to work together.

How Can PR Pros Build a Digital Business With 2020 in Mind?

June 1st, 2015 by

Throughout the next five years, PR managers will also need to empower their staffs so that managers focus more on corporate goals and objectives.

PR Lessons from David Letterman

May 20th, 2015 by

It’s the end of an era. Early Thursday morning David Letterman signs off as host of CBS’ “Late Show” after a 33-year-run on late night TV  (including 10 years as host of “Late Night With David Letterman” on NBC). Whether introducing America to “Stupid Pet Tricks,” swimming in a large vat of breakfast cereal or… Continued

Blue Bell Creameries Tries to Get in Front of a Crisis

April 23rd, 2015 by

When an organization is hit with a crisis, the response will often determine how long the crisis will last, in terms of negative media coverage, as well as any long-term erosion in brand reputation or lead revenue. That’s why PR execs need to keep a close eye on how the crisis now engulfing Blue Bell… Continued

Spring Cleaning PR Checklist

April 8th, 2015 by

It’s as good a time as any for PR managers and directors to assess their work, reevaluate those campaigns that worked (or failed) and recalibrate how they use media channels to get their message out and measure the results.

Careful When You ‘Embrace the Hate’

March 12th, 2015 by

In an episode of The Simpsons, titled “Simpson Tide” (1998), Homer joins the Naval Reserve (don’t ask). During orientation Homer’s drill sergeant gives him the business. He gets in his grill, and barks, “I don’t like you!” Homer responds with a sweet smile and puppy dog eyes. “But I like you,” Homer says. The drill… Continued

4 Things PR Pros Should Never Say To Reporters

February 10th, 2015 by

Brian Williams’ decision to take a temporary leave of absence from the anchor chair at “NBC Nightly News” has done little to quell the controversy now swirling around him after Williams admitted last week that he falsely claimed he was aboard a helicopter that was “hit and crippled” by enemy fire during the invasion of… Continued

4 Tips for Producing (Less Static) Podcasts

January 21st, 2015 by

There are countless brands and organizations that are making intelligent use of their social platforms. Companies are deploying Facebook, Twitter et al to build closer ties to their constituents, promote a new product or service or participate in a conversation in a manner that can help to humanize the brand. However, for every piece of… Continued