Media Relations

7 Key Communications Takeaways from ‘Iron Man 3’

May 6th, 2013 by

In ‘Iron Man 3,’ there’s a scene featuring a reporter shoving his iphone in Tony Stark’s face asking him to make a public statement to his enemies.  Stark stares into the iphone, makes his superhero threat, then throws the reporter’s phone into oblivion. The press just can’t catch a break these days.  Like many CEOs,… Continued

Measurement is Sexy. Really.

May 1st, 2013 by

There you are, reporting to your CEO on the outcome of a recent PR campaign you spearheaded. Your excitement is contagious as the CEO wants to know more about the positive tone, product awareness and visual dimensions, more about your company’s share of voice and the way you were able to tie sales to the… Continued

Questions All PR People Must Be Asking

April 26th, 2013 by

Oscar Wilde once said that the “question often arrives a terribly long time after the answer.”  For sure, asking the right questions early and often is the answer to a lot of problems we face as communicators.  Inundated with projects, challenges, crises, pitches and meetings, we are easily seduced by the sirens of Completion: get… Continued

Why I Didn’t Ignore Your PR Pitch

March 15th, 2013 by

The commonly used word “pitch” can be a disservice to the PR trade.  Pitching a story to a reporter assumes there’s a catcher (often there is no one on the other end to receive it or the recipient isn’t paying attention). Pitching an article idea assumes there is a distance between the pitcher and the… Continued

Why I Ignored a PR Pitch

March 13th, 2013 by

Last week I got a pitch from a PR person related to the magazine industry. (I’m also general manager of Min and Folio:, brands that serve that market). I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but the pitch was a followup from one the day before, and that one was a followup from one sent… Continued