Media Relations

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

3 Ways to Cut Through in the Shark Days of Summer

July 31st, 2015 by

We’ve reached the point in summer when the accumulation of heat and humidity slows the reflexes and thought processes. This is when stories about shark attacks dominate news cycles. Calculated, outrageous statements by politicians running for national office barely raise an eyebrow. As professional communicators know, it always takes a lot to cut through. In… 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

Writer, Teach Thyself

June 29th, 2015 by

Write exceedingly well and you’ll increase your chances of succeeding in your workplace and in the job market. Write poorly and you’ll increase the burden of work for your colleagues and be seen as potentially expendable in economic downturns. That’s just how it is. This is doubly true if you’re a PR professional or journalist.… 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

Colonel Sanders is Back and He’s Spreading

June 1st, 2015 by

Years ago—during a time before the Internet—PR and marketing executives, not to mention advertisers, were talking about the future of television, specifically the television commercial. VCRs (remember them?) were coming on the scene, and the business community was becoming antsy about the possibility that viewers would tape shows and skip commercials. When business leaders gathered… Continued

A Recipe for McDonald’s’ Image Problems: You Should Want Fries With That

May 14th, 2015 by

“Know Thyself” —inscribed on the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi *** In 1967, in what seemed like a far less-complicated time, a McDonald’s TV commercial, borrowing the tune from “Down by the Riverside,” claimed its burger restaurants were “my kind of place, a hap, hap, happy place, a clean and snappy place.”… Continued

A Plain Truth About the Media Ecosystem

May 7th, 2015 by

There are so many sources of news media now and so many ways to get the news, it’s difficult to determine which outlets and journalists have the most influence. Also, social media has leveled the playing field, and traditional media brands don’t matter as much now. So you’ve been led to believe—or want to believe.… Continued