Industry Spotlight: Legalization and PR Opportunities Grow in CBD and Cannabis

February 26th, 2021 by

The business opportunity for cannabis (as well as CBD and hemp), appears significant, with many opportunities in the PR space–as long as communicators do the legwork and learn the sector’s intricacies. As part of our new Industry Spotlight series, PRNEWS talked to Agency A-List Top 100 honorees in the CBD and cannabis sector about working in this emerging space.


For Global Ethics Month, Consider the ABC’s of Ethical Failures

February 15th, 2021 by

With trust in business and government at historic lows and consumers questioning everything, ethical behavior is critical. As the Notre Dame Center for Ethical Leadership reports, doing the right thing takes time. The ABCs of ethical failures can help

In Honor of Valentine’s Day, PRNEWS Editors Share What they Love about PR

February 11th, 2021 by

The PRNEWS editorial team spent some time reflecting on the last year and discussed what they love (and don’t love) about what’s happening in the PR industry.

PRNEWS GRADES: 2021 Valentine’s Edition

February 9th, 2021 by

The PRNEWS staff encounters many examples of brand communication.  We compile assessments of some of the best and not-so-great examples. Our intent is to provide a learning experience about what works or doesn’t. You can find previous examples here. In this Valentine’s edition, we examine some of the sweetest brand campaigns.


Brands Look to Avoid Their Own Groundhog Day

February 2nd, 2021 by

Today, Feb. 2, 2021, many may describe their life as a “Groundhog Day.” Since the pandemic hit and the days cycle through, we’ve lived, worked and remained at home for almost a year now—adhering to stay-at-home guidelines. Much like people, brands and organizations can find themselves in a funk, putting out the same messaging year after year, which, while reliable, can lose the attention of a fickle populace. 


Communicators Need to Place Fallout from Capitol Violence into Larger Corporate Narrative

February 2nd, 2021 by

One thing economic historians likely will include in their accounts of Jan. 6, 2021, is the reaction of some of the country’s largest companies. It started with several blue-chip firms denouncing the violence and the 147 lawmakers who voted in favor of overturning election results.

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Sephora Cuts Ties With Divisive Influencer in PR Tradeoff

February 1st, 2021 by

On January 6 at 2:55 p.m.—about 20 minutes after insurrectionists breached the Capitol building—beauty influencer Amanda Ensing tweeted, “There’s not enough popcorn in the world for what’s about to happen.” Ensing has long been vocal about her political and religious views on social media. Sephora, partnered with the influencer on a skincare campaign, was forced to answer for its choice of brand ambassador.

What Five Guys Can Teach PR Pros About Promoting Press Coverage

January 29th, 2021 by

You never know where you’ll find a PR takeaway. Even during the pandemic, you can spot media coverage on the walls of your local Five Guys. And it’s often coverage from national and local outlets. In addition to a dangerously delicious burger and fries, some PR lessons are on the menu.

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Trust Trending High For Communications Priorities

January 26th, 2021 by

“Trust” could easily win as an early word-of-the-year in 2021. After a deluge of misinformation campaigns through the 2020 presidential election, confusion from the top when it comes to battling COVID, and a recorded public skepticism for media, many organizations, brands and public figures see trust as a fundamental need to reconnect with communities. It’s a necessity in messaging, and it’s on communicators to figure out the best way to delive

After She Faces the Nation on CBS, PR Tips for Dr. Birx

January 25th, 2021 by

Proving that there’s no time off for some PR pros, we asked those on Twitter Sunday, right after Dr. Deborah Birx’s interview on “Face the Nation,” about how they’d advise her. More than one dozen PR pros gave her a lot of good communication, crisis and reputation advice for free.