Corporate Responsibility

Why The Rise of Femvertising is Good PR

July 19th, 2019 by

Many marketers continue to operate with the idea that American family ideals of the past are relevant in targeting female demographics. But this tactic falls flat for many—if not most—modern women. Worse, it lacks the essential “why” that makes any story worth hearing. For the better part of the century,  women have been underrepresented in… Continued

Why Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Can’t Cure Its Transparency Blues

July 3rd, 2019 by

For the past few years, future-focused communicators have seen cryptocurrency as a potential tool for promoting brand transparency and accountability. That’s because blockchain, the digital technology that logs cryptocurrency transactions, acts as an unalterable ledger. Blockchain can promote accountability for brands whose financial dealings have been questioned. One recent example is Ticketmaster. After a much-publicized… Continued

The Meat of the Story for Communicators in WeWork’s Bold Vegetarian Policy

July 23rd, 2018 by

“First we eat, then we do everything else,” the preeminent American food writer M.F.K. Fisher once proclaimed. We can all agree that food is an important part of our lives. So when the CEO of one of the fastest-growing startups issues a memo proclaiming that it will no longer serve meat at corporate functions or… Continued

From PESO to Instagrammable Moments: 9 Trends Communicators Need to Own

February 26th, 2018 by

As a communicator, you can have a powerful impact on just about every corner of your organization by using the platforms, relationships and knowledge that you and your PR team are uniquely positioned to leverage. It’s on you to get your head around these trends and make something of them. Two influential communicators shared their… Continued

4 Key PR Trends to Watch in 2018

October 31st, 2017 by

I haven’t heard Christmas tunes in the shops of New York yet, but any minute they’ll be cranking them out. Once I hear that first awful new version of Mel Tormé’s “The Christmas Song” everything’s going to become a blur of activity, shopping and consumption. Already I’m having mid-January visions of discarded Christmas trees on… Continued

Airlines Get the Message Out About Capped Pricing and Cancellation Fees as Irma Approaches Florida

September 7th, 2017 by

As of 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez had expanded mandatory evacuation orders for all residents of Zones A, B and C in advance of Hurricane Irma’s landfall in the area, which is expected in a couple of days. This will only intensify an exodus that was already in motion. Brands have… Continued

The Epic List of PR’s Daily Challenges (And How to Overcome Them)

July 24th, 2017 by

Reality checked in with me recently when a few parents on my son’s rowing team, knowing my affiliation with PR News, asked me to write the press releases for the club. Sure, it’ll be easy, I thought, not factoring in a few key variables such as time constraints and more importantly that I knew very… Continued

The 2 Things You Need to Know Now About Social Media

March 28th, 2017 by

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

How to Get Your CSR Story Covered, Even Now

December 28th, 2016 by

It’s OK to be of several minds on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and especially at this time of year. Even communicators working in CSR can’t agree on exactly how to define it, a recent study from Aflac revealed. And during the holiday season, which now is nearly over, it’s hard for journalists to avoid numerous… Continued

Anne Glauber: A PR Story for the Times and Time of Year

December 13th, 2016 by

What would you do if you found out you had a life-threatening disease? Another question: What would you do with your life if you’d overcome the disease, at least for the time being? About two-and-a-half years ago a Finn Partners executive, Anne Glauber, was feeling sluggish, not an unusual predicament for a PR executive working… Continued