Media Relations

Leaving Las Vegas and Entering Reality, Here Are 6 Key Takeaways from CES

January 11th, 2016 by

The buzz surrounding this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was predictably ubiquitous and positive. Even the taxi driver who picked me up from the airport was talking drones and smart homes. Surely, when you have 170,000 people attending a trade show about the latest technology, you’re gonna get some press. So as I walked the exhibit halls,… 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

Zappos Takes ‘Giving Back’ Literally With Dead-of-Night Gift Drop-Off in Hanover, N.H.

December 4th, 2015 by

Please visit your local mom-and-pop shops this holiday season. Go to that toy store that's been around for 65 years and which just suffered another humiliating rent increase. Buy your wrapping paper at the greeting card store that's hanging on by its fingernails and getting by on deeply felt smiles. OK, my commercial's over. I'm… Continued

8 Ways to Create Thankfulness and Cheer Year-Round

November 23rd, 2015 by

Now is the time of year when we dispense a lot of thanks. Yet after the ball drops in Times Square and we start referring to the year 2016, the amount of thanking we do will undoubtedly diminish. Whether at work or at home, we are avid thankers between now and December 31. Why not… 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

Encouraging or Discouraging Brand Ambassadors: That is the Question

October 21st, 2015 by

It’s said that good things and bad happen in three’s. Sometimes in two’s, and a few times they’re mixed, good and bad. Recently several events happened in quick succession and while not good or bad, the contrast between them was stark and yielded a bevy of lessons from a PR and marketing standpoint. Last Saturday… 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

The Epic List of Useless Words and Phrases (Continued)

September 22nd, 2015 by

There are many reasons people use clichés, catchphrases and trendy words of the day: it’s a communications shortcut, and for the most part it’s not illegal. Those are the only reasons I can think of. So, as in years past I present to you the Epic List of Useless Words, Sayings and Retorts. This is… Continued

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