Media Relations

The CEO Is the Message on Trump and Charlottesville

August 16th, 2017 by

There probably isn’t a single American CEO who’s not quivering right now, wondering if he or she is going to have to make some kind of statement about President Trump’s strongly expressed conviction that both white nationalist groups protesting the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., and counter-protesters, were… Continued

The Epic List of PR’s Daily Challenges (And How to Overcome Them)

July 24th, 2017 by

Reality checked in with me recently when a few parents on my son’s rowing team, knowing my affiliation with PR News, asked me to write the press releases for the club. Sure, it’ll be easy, I thought, not factoring in a few key variables such as time constraints and more importantly that I knew very… Continued

United We Stand, Divided We Become a Trending News Story

July 6th, 2017 by

Here’s one question you don’t want to be asked by a brand representative when you’re trying to resolve an ongoing issue: “Who did you speak to the last time you tried to resolve this?” Once you hear that question, you know you’re sunk. Implicit in that seemingly helpful question is a passing of the buck,… Continued

Got an Extra $250k in Your PR Budget?

July 5th, 2017 by

When I ask my friends in PR what they’d do with a bigger budget, their first instinct is to smile that “yeah, right!” smile. It’s hard enough to keep the budget they have much less be handed a bigger slice of the pie. But when pushed, they usually say they’d spend the extra mil on… Continued

Trump’s ‘Morning Joe’ Tweets: Apotheosis of a Communications Strategy

June 30th, 2017 by

President Trump’s June 29 tweets about “Morning Joe” hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough have generated plenty of outrage in the professional media, on social channels and in home kitchens across the land. In his tweets, the president, fed up with the MSNBC morning news show’s critical coverage of his administration, went easy on Scarborough… Continued

Next Time You’re at an Industry Event, Apply These 5 Simple Rules

June 12th, 2017 by

In the course of your career, you’ll have attended dozens if not hundreds of industry events where – if you’re like most human attendees – you’ve exchanged business cards as if by rote, refilled your coffee cup endless times and listened to experts tell you something new as you take notes, tweet and daydream about… Continued

3 Takeaways From a PR Pro on the Receiving End of Media Pitches

May 30th, 2017 by

Andrew Hayes, VP, corporate communications at Fifth Third Bank, has seen media relations from the other side, and he wasn’t too impressed by the view. After running his own PR agency for 10 years, he joined NBC Television as PR manager for a national daytime talk show and later on led PR and community relations… Continued

Infusing a Little Analog Into Your Digital Life

May 8th, 2017 by

Imagine this: attendees at a conference are flocking to a table filled with greeting cards where they can choose among “thank you,” “happy birthday” and “congratulations” greetings, write something nice (hopefully), lick the envelope and place it in the makeshift, Lucite mailbox. This was the clever idea from American Greetings, which had an executive from… Continued

The 2 Things You Need to Know Now About Social Media

March 28th, 2017 by

Social media exposes many ironies, including the possibility that we are less social because of social media. Remember the days when we used our phone for talking, not typing? And when a friend was someone whom you’d actually recognize if you bumped into her at the grocery store? Following someone, back in the day, was… Continued

How to Lose a Customer and Tarnish Your Brand in One Easy (Mis)Step

March 13th, 2017 by

Rarely do I mess with cookies, except to eat them. But an experience over the last two weeks with a furniture retailer had me clearing the cookies from my computer. So annoyed was I by the poor customer service and the constant retargeting of ads from this particular furniture store that I resorted to cleaning… Continued