Stories by Seth Arenstein

How Immigration Communications Is Part of Trump’s Rewritten PR Playbook

June 20th, 2018 by

It’s difficult to know what will become of the Trump administration’s immigration policy that includes separating children from their families at U.S. borders. It’s a moving story at the moment. As of this writing, it appears the president, after a June 19 evening session with congressional Republicans, has promised to “sign something” to presumably keep families… Continued

The Message Behind ABC’s Cancellation of ‘Roseanne’

May 30th, 2018 by

After waiting about 24 hours, President Trump responded earlier today to ABC’s cancellation of “Roseanne” yesterday (May 29), tweeting, “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE… Continued

Will You Be Ready When the President’s Words Move Your Market?

May 24th, 2018 by

Communicators are more aware than most that words matter. Words can move markets. There are few better examples of this than several small statements made May 23. President Trump said the U.S. automobile industry’s health is a national security concern: “Core industries such as automobiles and automotive parts are critical to our strength as a nation,”… Continued

Six Steps for Communicators to Build Trust With the C-Suite

May 23rd, 2018 by

The most important place a PR pro works is, well, just about everywhere. Externally, the communicator is a brand’s image champion and advance scout, interacting with the public and monitoring social conversations to spot trends and issues before they develop into full-blown crises. Inside the enterprise, internal communications help shape a company’s culture. Communicators serve… Continued

How Southwest Communicated News and Empathy in the Aftermath of Flight 1380

April 18th, 2018 by

Few communications teams are better trained and more adept than the one Linda Rutherford heads at Southwest Airlines. Communications works closely with social media staff at Southwest to craft an integrated response to incidents ranging from relatively small ones to crises. We’ve commented previously on how well Southwest communicates during troublesome situations, such as when a computer glitch in… Continued

Mark Zuckerberg Offers a PR Lesson on Capitol Hill

April 11th, 2018 by

PR professionals say it all the time. They repeat the phrase so often sometimes its meaning gets lost. I’ll admit, my eyes roll when this concept is the first takeaway of a submitted essay I’m editing or a presentation I’m hearing at a trade event. Yet this idea was the key to what made Facebook’s Tuesday afternoon so… Continued

YouTube Shooting Shows Brands Can Be Unwillingly Dragged Into a Crisis

April 4th, 2018 by

A few years back, the conventional wisdom was brands were better off staying as far away from social and political issues as possible. In many cases, it’s still the advice communicators and marketers advocate. For example,  in a survey of 360 chief marketing officers at for-profit companies released this week, fewer than 20% agreed it’s appropriate for… Continued

Data Analysts in the Newsroom: 7 Ways to Adapt Your Media Pitches

March 28th, 2018 by

Among the topics PR people talk about most at trade events is how media relations has changed. The typical comment is that newsrooms contain fewer reporters who are busy covering more beats than is humanly (or humanely) possible. Pretty much gone are the days of reporters having time to be able to schedule casual lunches… Continued

‘Meaningful Social Interactions’ From Facebook’s Leadership Remain Scarce as Cambridge Analytica Story Accelerates

March 21st, 2018 by

It can be delicate, a disaster or at least ironic when a brand that bases its business on something is shown to be deficient in it. For example, Equifax, which was built on security and securing peoples’ financial data, demonstrated over the summer to be irresponsible on data security issues. Ditto Wells Fargo, an iconic brand… Continued

Tillerson, United, the SEC, Bozoma Saint John—Your Week (so far) in Messaging

March 14th, 2018 by

What a couple of days of news for communicators and brands. It’s difficult to know where to start. It’s hard to ignore the implications for messaging from the ousting of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Monday. While a burning question is why did a secretary of state who allegedly called his boss a “f*^&#%$ moron!” during… Continued