Crisis Management

How to Forge Stronger Connections and Still Have Time for a Bath

January 28th, 2016 by

“Don’t talk to strangers!” That was the advice many of us received as children. No one told us when to start talking to strangers again (at 19? 22? 43?) We had to figure that one out on our own. As professionals and communicators we need to not only talk to strangers to build our network… Continued

6 Recommendations for Dealing With Unhappy Customers

January 4th, 2016 by

We've all had to deal with unhappy customers, whatever our line of work. If you're an agency PR pro, you have to respond to unsatisfied clients from time to time. If you're an in-house PR or marketing pro, perhaps you've seen customer dissatisfaction played out in public on Twitter. It can be disheartening for sure,… Continued

11 Smart Steps All Communicators Should Take Before Year’s End

December 8th, 2015 by

Let’s assume you are brilliant.  And you’re an inspiration to your peers, an asset to your organization.  Let’s also assume that while you’re an A-player you still have a lot to learn. As the late, esteemed UCLA coach John Wooden noted, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” If you’re still… Continued

Marketing-PR Collaboration Tops the List of Most Important New Direction for 2016 Success

October 27th, 2015 by

What happens when you gather more than 400 of the best communicators in a room and ask them to share best advice? It’s no surprise that you get really smart answers worthy of a blog. At the Oct. 26 Platinum PR Awards Luncheon in NYC, PR News honored the top PR campaigns of the past… Continued

9 Issues for a Nationally Televised PR Debate

October 15th, 2015 by

Envision a nationally televised debate among leaders in Public Relations. Who you picture on that stage is a pretty good indicator of the state of our profession. To keep the personalities out of this for now, what issues would you want debated? What are the themes resonating now that also will prepare us for a… Continued

We Need to Dispel These 5 PR Myths

August 24th, 2015 by

Search the term “hires a PR firm” on any given day and you’ll find a fresh news story about a company hiring a PR firm to handle a crisis. Shocking news! Stop the presses! How dare they revert to PR! Why is it still newsworthy when PR is called to the rescue or joins a… Continued

‘PR’ Stands for ‘Public Relations,’ in Case Your CEO Forgot

August 20th, 2015 by

Subway must want this year to end quickly. Jared Fogle, the company-created celebrity spokesperson, this week agreed to plead guilty of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and the distribution and receipt of child pornography, according to the Associated Press. Sales were already falling. Now, with Fogle’s child pornography case, Subway… Continued

PR is Sales is Marketing is Advertising

July 23rd, 2015 by

The lines are blurry. As a communicator you are usually selling something – an idea, a story, an interview to the media, a budget, a campaign. To close on that effort – to get the story, win the account, score a larger budget – is a similar feeling your Marketing counterpart has when her campaign… Continued

Does Your Post Pass the Elevator Test?

March 18th, 2015 by

We all have our pet peeves that we cherish and use to define ourselves to ourselves. One of mine is the way people behave when looking at their mobile phones while walking or standing in public. Specifically, people in elevators gazing at their phones. Perhaps this has happened to you: You’re waiting for an elevator,… Continued

‘I Think I Can’t, I Think I Can’t’: A New Train of Thought

March 2nd, 2015 by

The story about the little engine that could is a familiar and heart-warming one, a tale of a determined underdog fulfilling a difficult task against all odds. “I think I can, I think I can” is a commonly used refrain at challenging moments. Sometimes, though, we might be stronger to think we can’t.  To admit,… Continued