PRNEWS staffer Sophie Maerowitz spends her off-hours volunteering for New York City cyclist, pedestrian and public transit advocacy organization Transportation Alternatives. At the start, she figured it would be the usual rabble-rousing stuff: showing up to protests, tweeting photos while holding up signs, et al. She now realizes it’s that and much more. She offers tips from her experience at TransAlt that communicators can adapt to urge brand advocates to become involved in social issues.
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Marvel is far more than a brand of comics and films. It’s also a marketing juggernaut. Thing is, Marvel understands the “less is more” approach with its audience. Since it has identified distinct and overlapping segments for each film release, Marvel leaves breadcrumbs of suggestion, which are enough for hardcore fans to pick up the slack. This creates FOMO by withholding information and letting the earned media hype train build momentum with what is ostensibly service journalism.
There’s much PR pros can learn about communicating the intricacies of AI from a story this week. It seems Amazon’s Alexa indeed is listening to our conversations. In fact, the hockey-puck-looking device has an army of 1,000 humans who listen to what it picks up in homes around the world. One lesson is that communicators need to urge brands to be transparent in their AI activities.
To better serve the community, PRNEWS parent, Access Intelligence, brought together what had been separate operating groups. With this restructuring, Diane Schwartz, the longtime leader of PRNEWS and senior vice president of the Access Intelligence Media Group, departed the company after 23 years. When she came aboard, PRNEWS was just a weekly newsletter.
It’s the 75th anniversary of PR News this month and we are celebrating in a variety of ways during the coming months, with editorial features about PR’s history and on what’s to come. There also will be a commemorative Power of PR magazine and an anniversary party in NY in October. This 75th anniversary is a celebration of you, our loyal readers, event attendees, award entrants and engaged voices across all our platforms.
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, our blogger looks for things to love about PR and marketing. Certainly PR pros like their jobs (we’re unsure if they love them). And the profession can do more better and quicker than ever. Unfortunately, the public sometimes has a tarnished view of PR. It’s time for this to change.
They make others look good and know never to apologize when they get a promotion or land a big account. They are mentors and have unabashedly sought out sponsors. They know how to read a balance sheet and understand that work/life balance is an imperfect science. These are the 2019 PR News Top Women in PR. Our salute to them on January 25 during a gala luncheon in NYC yielded a lot of great advice. Here are some samples.
Americans sometimes look admiringly at their more civil British cousins. More civilized isn’t quite how we’d describe the penalties Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority brandished in the direction of celebrity influencers the other day. The U.S. and its Federal Trade Commission seem far more civilized in their treatment of influencers.
On the tranquil island of Santorini, Greece, hugging the cliffs overlooking the azure blue Aegean Sea, it’s one person’s job to touch-up a boutique hotel’s white exterior. Every day; and it’s a full-time job. The hotel spends $29,000 annually on white paint. The hotel’s pristine exterior makes guests feel special, part of something luxurious. Does your brand’s image need a fresh coat of paint?
It wasn’t long ago when brands were told to steer as far away as possible from politics and social issues. The situation is more complicated today. Some consumers expect brands to take stands and will reward them for it. Several brands in the Washington, D.C., area are reacting to the government shutdown with acts of kindness. Will they be rewarded?