Archive: August 2011

Jobs’ Exit Leaves Apple’s Cool Factor in the Lurch

August 26th, 2011 by

Except for the hurricane that is moving its way up the East Coast, one of the biggest stories of the week is Steve Jobs stepping down as CEO of Apple. A few posts ago I wrote about the image of Warren Buffett and how he manages to be fairly forthright and accessible to the media… Continued

We Survived the Quake of ’11

August 23rd, 2011 by

OK, maybe the tremors that reached downtown Manhattan, where PR News has its offices, weren’t exactly life threatening. Our building swayed for a while, and the PR News goldfish swam in his little bowl with a few extra flutters, but otherwise it didn’t seem like a huge deal. But a gaze outside our fifth floor… Continued

Can Google+ Rule the Social Media Universe?

August 19th, 2011 by

I’ve got Google+ on the brain. After talking to and corresponding with a number of digital execs for a feature story on the much ballyhooed new social media platform (slated for the 8/22/11 issue), I’ve come to the conclusion that PR pros had better look into Google+, and sooner rather than later. I know what… Continued

Warren Buffett and Leadership Integrity

August 17th, 2011 by

Billionaire Warren Buffett has been front and center in the news lately, writing an op-ed in The New York Times that suggests the government should tax him—and other wealthy people—at a higher rate, adding that as a percentage of income, he pays less in taxes than his secretary. Naysayers say that such a pronouncement is… Continued

Time Warner Cable’s Subdued Acquisition

August 15th, 2011 by

Who needs to pay a cable bill anymore? I mean, really, paying for TV when you’re already paying for Web access? There’s plenty to watch for free online, and not enough time to watch a tiny fraction of what may interest you. Bear in mind that this is not a question I’m asking of myself.… Continued

Facebook Conference: Adaptation to Social & Mobile Is Matter of Survival

August 9th, 2011 by

As Bonin Bough, global head of digital at PepsiCo, said at PR News’ Facebook Conference in San Francisco on Aug. 9, “we’re drugged out on technology while computers are getting smarter.” We’re increasingly hooked on social and mobile technology as computers lead us along and change the way we actually think and act. This is… Continued

Has A-Rod Gambled His Reputation–and Lost?

August 5th, 2011 by

If you’re a sports fan in New York—and I know this is a cliché—there’s never a dull moment. Whether it’s the exploits of the Yankees’ Jeter, how the Mets have actually played above their talent level this year, or details about Rex Ryan’s new tattoo, there’s always something to keep your eyeballs on the sports… Continued

How to Annoy Your Live Audience: 11 Easy Steps

August 2nd, 2011 by

I have the pleasure and sometimes the uncomfortable displeasure of attending a lot of conferences, trade shows and meetings. Some presenters are wonderful and others have the uncanny ability to trigger a physical reflex to either constantly check my Blackberry or take a nap. Whether you are a speaker on a panel, a keynoter at… Continued

10 Years After: Al Jazeera English Debuts in NYC

August 1st, 2011 by

It strikes me as interesting that, as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, the 24-hour news network Al Jazeera English (AJE) has launched in New York City. Interesting in that Al Jazeera faces big PR challenges, mainly due to actions that Al Jazeera Arabic has taken during the U.S. campaign against Al Qaeda,… Continued