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

Getting your brand covered fairly or favorably by a respected journalist in a respected media outlet—that’s what perceived authenticity used to be. It was the brass ring for communicators. Then the pool of full-time journalists and the outlets that employed them began evaporating as the internet hacked away at b2b and b2c media brands’ business… Continued

Why does a 27-year-old athlete without a college education know that the best way to head off a potential PR crisis is to be honest, while highly experienced CEOs and heads of multinational corporations, who’ve had the benefit of media training, fail to learn this lesson? Last Thursday (April 20) the San Francisco Giants’ Madison… Continued

“Dying is easy, comedy is hard,” has been attributed to different people, from the actors Jack Lemmon and Gregory Peck to thespians Edmund Kean and Edmund Gwenn. Perhaps we can augment that aphorism: “Dying is easy, communicating is hard.” At the spring summit of the Arthur W. Page Society last week in NY, activist Tamika… Continued

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

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If economics is the dismal science, then measurement surely must make a compelling argument for being PR’s grim discipline. Similar to regular exercise and eating a balanced diet, measurement is something communicators know they should do, but often find ways to avoid it. While a surfeit of tools has made it easier than ever to… Continued

“Journalists are grammar nerds.” – Kristen Page-Kirby, Senior Arts Editor, Washington Post Express “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” – Attributed to several people, including: Will Rogers, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain and the U.S. advertising industry.   It was an effective pitch: brief, tailored to the media outlet that received… Continued

Please put down your smartphone for a moment (after reading this paragraph on your smartphone) and ask yourself if you’re addicted to your smartphone. You may try to weasel out of answering the question by arguing that constant use of a smartphone is a habit, like saying “to be honest” or “frankly” a lot, and… Continued