Stories by Scott Van Camp

Building Great Teams: Control Freaks Need Not Apply

June 10th, 2011 by

In the 6/13 issue of PR News, Mike McDougall, a former PR exec with Bausch + Lomb and now an independent consultant, writes about how as a communications leader, if you give up some control of your staff, it will likely empower them to greater success. Mike’s piece reminded me of two things I have… Continued

Surprise! A Well-Handled Crisis

June 7th, 2011 by

This morning I was talking to Andy Gilman, CEO of CommCore Consulting Group, about Anthony Weiner’s press conference on Tuesday. After giving me the lowdown on Weiner, Andy mentioned another interesting crisis going on—where the response has been nearly textbook: the RSA Security “SecurID” incident. Upon doing some investigating,  this tech security breach was pretty… Continued

Weiner Versus Mythbusters: A Study in Contrast

June 3rd, 2011 by

This week it’s become pretty clear that Anthony Weiner hasn’t been using Twitter the way a politician should. If anyone needed help in setting up a Twitter strategy, it was Weiner. His case shows the disastrous results one can experience if social media is done wrong. But this week I’ve also been learning about a… Continued

Facebook: Communications Savior or Just Another Tool?

May 26th, 2011 by

Judging by the packed house of more than 300 attendees at Tuesday’s first-ever PR News Facebook Conference in New York City, the social media behemoth’s popularity among PR pros has reached a new high. And why shouldn’t it? In his morning talk, Greg Roth, VP at Buddy Media, called Facebook “the most powerful marketing communications… Continued

Financial Comms Comes to Terms With ‘New Normal’

May 20th, 2011 by

After the news broke this week of the police macing protesters outside the Chase annual shareholders meeting in Columbus, Ohio, I thought I should explore just how far financial institutions have come with their communications efforts since the meltdown some three years ago. Well, what I’ve  learned from some  experts is that financial communicators are… Continued

OBL Revelations: From Terrorist to Everyman?

May 13th, 2011 by

While everyone in the PR world is all atwitter about Facebook, Google and Burson-Marsteller, I’m much more fascinated with our governments’ daily revelations on the secret life of Osama Bin Laden. I believe the effort to portray OBL as shell of his former terrorist self while hidden inside his million-dollar (really?) home is backfiring. OK,… Continued

CSR Studies Confound, But Cautionary Tale is Crystal Clear

May 6th, 2011 by

You’ve probably noticed that we cover a lot of studies that have a PR connection for our Quick Study section in PR News. I find that some of these studies’ findings not only overlap but sometimes contradict each other, depending on the company who is sponsoring the research. One area that often confounds me is… Continued

Bernanke is Benign–Another PR Success!

April 29th, 2011 by

Much was made of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s April 27 press conference, the first time a Fed leader has ever faced major media in such a forum. Dire economic and geopolitical circumstances brought this on, so the press, those in finance and the general public were very interested in what Bernanke had to say… Continued

Time For a Millennial Revolution?

April 22nd, 2011 by

Euro RSCG is on to something: As I was reporting on the agency’s latest poll of millennials (to be covered in the 4/25/11 issue of PR News) I started to think about an interesting article on page one of today’s New York Times that features the results of a poll that shows a “darkening mood… Continued

Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill–One Year Later

April 19th, 2011 by

As April 20 marks the one-year anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, plenty of media outlets are weighing in on both the environmental effects of the oil spill and the PR fallout for BP in the last 12 months. From an environmental standpoint, it appears that BP… Continued