Stories by Matthew Schwartz

A New Year’s Resolution That’s Doable

December 18th, 2014 by

Right around now we’re planning New Year’s resolutions—which few of us will actually keep. New Year’s resolutions are all well and good, in theory. Sure, go nuts—make a vow to hit the gym more frequently, cut down on fried foods or get more sleep. However, there are some resolutions that don’t require time, money, or… Continued

The End of Garden-Variety Conferences Is Nigh (or Should Be)

November 25th, 2014 by

I was watching a New York Knicks game recently when Carmelo Anthony sank a three-point bucket to tie the game. Melo jumped for joy, as the Madison Square Garden crowd roared with approval. A guy sitting courtside (probably in his late 30s or early 40s) leaped out of his seat to revel in the moment,… Continued

Shattering a Few Myths About How to Find the Influencers

October 30th, 2014 by

William Goldman, the author and screenwriter (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men), famously said, “In Hollywood, no one knows anything.” You might say the same thing about the PR field, at least when it comes to so-called influencers. In his book “Everything is Obvious* Once You Know the Answers,”  (2011,Crown Business),… Continued

Don’t Let Your Social Channels Stifle Opinion

October 1st, 2014 by

How much do you listen to your constituents via social channels? Be honest. A recently released Pew report should worry communicators who are tasked with cultivating a dialogue with, customers, prospects and other stakeholders, particularly via social channels. Pegged to Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations of widespread government surveillance of Americans’ phone and email records, the survey… Continued

3 PR Lessons from the Ice Bucket Challenge

August 21st, 2014 by

Nearly four weeks into the phenomenon, the Ice Bucket Challenge shows no signs of letting up. The idea of dumping cold water on one’s head to raise money for charity may be a watershed for both brands and nonprofits alike when it comes to how to raise money for charitable causes and get the word… Continued

For PR pros, ‘Disruption’ Needs to Move Beyond Just Conversation

August 6th, 2014 by

It’s taken absolutely no time for the phrase “disrupt your brand before it gets disrupted” to turn into one of the biggest clichés in PR and marketing circles. But it’s a cliché because it’s true. PR pros now face a marketing world fraught with change, and if anybody tells you they know how to keep… Continued

LeBron James Learns a Lesson in Effective PR

July 14th, 2014 by

LeBron James’ stunning announcement on Friday that he was heading back to Cleveland and rejoining the Cavaliers provides some food for thought for PR pros. Make that a feast. For starters, it certainly didn’t go unnoticed that James chose Sports Illustrated—if ever there was a symbol of traditional media—to tell the world that he was… Continued

3 PR Lessons from the Redskins Controversy

June 20th, 2014 by

For communicators following the latest wrinkle regarding the Washington Redskins’ controversial name, it’s your basic PR blocking and tackling. On Wednesday a federal board cancelled the team’s trademark registration, calling its nickname “disparaging to Native Americans.” While the ruling puts a bit of a squeeze on the Redskins’ bottom line—the Redskins and the NFL are… Continued

The Yin and Yang of Social Media

June 5th, 2014 by

I love Yelp. Not because I’m a foodie or a big restaurant goer, but for its reviews. Whatever the establishment—whether it’s a new Bobby Flay creation or garden-variety diner—you can easily find wildly divergent views of the same restaurant, which makes for some entertaining reading. For one person, the meal is so deliciously good that… Continued

Target CMO Sends a Powerful Message to PR Field

May 20th, 2014 by

Rumors continue to swirl that Target CMO Jeff Jones may be named as the company’s new CEO. Target is looking to fill the top slot after it announced earlier this month that CEO Greg Steinhafel had stepped down. Steinhafel’s departure was precipitated by a massive security breach late last year in which hackers may have… Continued