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A Yearly List That Can Help You Communicate with Millennials

September 3rd, 2015 by

Signs of the times: Jeb Bush goes on the offensive, attacking Donald Trump, but does so with a video on the Internet. Trump returns serve via Twitter and Instagram. Blue Bell Creameries, founded in 1907, goes all-out on social media to hail the return of Blue Bell Ice Cream to shelves in select markets after… 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

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

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

This One Simple Question Can Transform Your Business Relationships

July 9th, 2015 by

The moving company that assisted with our house move last week sent us a hard-working crew. Hauling boxes and furniture to and fro, they didn’t spend much time chatting, but when they did they usually framed it in a question: “How am I doing?” When Danny, the head mover, first asked me that question I… Continued

Would You Like Ice Cream with Your Omelette? How to Surprise, Delight and Build Loyalty

June 15th, 2015 by

It’s not every day that you get a free scoop of ice cream with your bacon and eggs, unless you’re eating breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s. The iconic Chicago diner has been surprising first-time customers and delighting return diners with this extra touch. When the waitress handed me the check, then asked if I wanted some… Continued

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

Ten Lines from Mad Men You (Hopefully) Won’t Be Hearing at Work Today

May 18th, 2015 by

The series finale of ‘Mad Men’ left it up to us to decide if Don Draper took on a new, third identity or whether California bliss and an inspired retreat experience led him back to the advertising life and to create the iconic “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” commercial.” After 92 hours… 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.