Social Media

5 Reasons You Should Focus Your Efforts on Social Media, Not Mainstream Media

March 3rd, 2014 by

Over the weekend, I repeatedly came across examples of the realities of the new media ecosystem. On Saturday, I saw on Facebook a hot conversation about an apparently serious car accident in my town. People were reporting what they saw. They were sharing second-hand accounts, and of course, opinions. I toggled over to the local… Continued

This Blog Post Was Not Subsidized by Amtrak

February 25th, 2014 by

I’m writing this blog post on Amtrak’s Northeast Regional, but I want to make it plain that it’s not on Amtrak’s dime. So I’m free to complain about the woman across the aisle from me on the quiet car who keeps talking on her cell phone, the stopped-up sink in the bathroom, the stifling heat… Continued

9 Habits of Highly Effective PR People

February 10th, 2014 by

There are three types of PR professionals: ineffective, good and great. It’s as simple as that, really. Most PR pros are good – they’ve found a comfortable place to practice their trade and are making an impact with their organization or clients. But Public Relations cannot afford to be a majority of Good professionals if… Continued

What We’ve Got Here Is Failure to Communicate—With Millennials

January 31st, 2014 by

Maybe you recall Strother Martin’s pained, twisted line of dialogue spoken to Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, delivered after Martin has struck chain-gang prisoner Newman with a blackjack: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” I thought of this line after seeing the story making the rounds yesterday that British millennials check their… Continued

Why Smart Communicators Use the Phone

January 17th, 2014 by

You can feel yourself age when you use such antiquated words like “telephone” in front of your 12-year-old son. “Mom, who says ‘telephone’ anymore?” He has a point. Every now and then “telephone” creeps into my language, as do other throwbacks like Rolodex and VCR.  Just as we don’t say “telephone” very often, we also… Continued

Words and Phrases to be Banned, 2014 Edition

January 13th, 2014 by

English has 1.1 million words, more words than any other language, according to the Global Language Monitor and other sources. That’s double the next most prolific language. And English adds about 15 words per day, or one every 98 minutes. So 400 years after the greatest English wordsmith of them all, William Shakespeare, the language… Continued

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Journalist Whisperer?

January 3rd, 2014 by

At PR News’ recent Media Relations Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Amy Eisman of American University’s School of Communication and a founding editor of USA Today brought up the concept of the “journalist whisperer.” This is a PR professional who can speak a journalist’s language on the platform they want to be… Continued

New Year’s Resolutions for the PR-Minded

December 31st, 2013 by

The good thing about New Year’s resolutions is that no one is really listening closely to what you are resolving to do.  But resolutions do crystallize our goals and make the month of January, at least, a little more interesting. For communicators the world over, you should expect 2014 to bring the following: > Crises,… Continued

When to Apologize

November 11th, 2013 by

As I write this I’m watching a report on MSNBC criticizing the apology issued by 60 Minutes for a report last month about the attack on the embassy in Benghazi. The apology, by correspondent Lara Logan, was not enough—that was the consensus. “It was not nearly satisfying,” said guest David Brock. “I thought it was… Continued

What’s First, Technology or Content?

November 7th, 2013 by

I’ve been thinking lately about how media is moving increasingly toward a greater technology dependence. I’ve read about how investment dollars, especially in Silicon Valley, where so much media-related innovation is occurring, steer towards technology solutions for media consumers. New utilities—new ways to interact with content—seems to be more important than the content itself. Think… Continued