Staffing and Management

What the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Win Means for Equal Pay in PR

July 11th, 2019 by

The United States Women’s Soccer Team victory tour might just be the envy of all campaign managers. The successful embrace of the team’s fight for equal pay organically resounded throughout the crowds at each appearance without any necessity for prodding. The team marched from East Coast to West Coast in 24 hours on July 10,… Continued

From Media Royalty, Career Advice for PR Pros in the Margins

June 27th, 2019 by

“How many of you in the room have ever felt stuck at some point in your career?” At the opening session of the Public Relations Society of America’s Corporate Communications Conference in New York, dozens of hands went up—most of them women.  Conference attendees were responding to a question from Joanna Coles, producer, author, journalist… Continued

The Bottom Line on The Top Women in PR? Kick-Ass

January 28th, 2019 by

They make others look good and know never to apologize when they get the promotion or land the big new 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. At least one purchased the book: “How to… Continued

Do This One Simple Thing Every Day for a Picture-Perfect PR Life

January 13th, 2019 by

It’s the quintessential image of Santorini, Greece, that of pristine colorful structures hugging the cliffs overlooking the azure blue Aegean Sea. For one small boutique hotel, keeping its exterior a perfect shade of white is a full-time job. So important is it that the picture matches the reality that the Katikies hotel has a full-time… Continued

Top 10 Public Relations Trends for Those Paying Attention (Plus, One Call to Action)

December 3rd, 2018 by

It comes up in most conversations and lingers, unresolved: how can I find and then retain great talent? During a panel I moderated recently on the future of PR, this topic was discussed at length, and underlying it was a decades-old trope about what PR really is. Will it be called PR 10 years from… Continued

Here’s Where Communicators are Hoping to Invest More Resources

October 24th, 2018 by

Money can’t buy you love and it can’t buy you passionate employees, but it surely can buy you more resources. When posed with the question of “What would you do with a 15% increase in your budget?,” executives participating in a recent PR News/Crisp leadership roundtable shared an interesting wish list that centered around the… Continued

Is Amazon’s $15 Wage More Than Good PR?

October 3rd, 2018 by

On October 2, Amazon pledged to pay all U.S. workers $15 per hour beginning next month. All 250,000 Amazon employees and 100,000 seasonal staff will receive the higher wage, as will workers at Whole Foods. “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do and decided we want to lead,” Amazon… 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

The Big Rethink for Communicators Ready for Real Change

June 11th, 2018 by

You could feel the tension rising in the air, knocking out the aroma of coffee beans and herbal tea. Nancy had ordered a decaf-caf skim latte and the barista seemingly got it wrong. She stormed back to the counter and told the staff in no uncertain terms that her coffee order was wrong. The customer… Continued

What Next-Gen Communicators Look Like From Senior Leaders’ POV

March 7th, 2018 by

According to PR News’ just-released 2018 Salary Survey, the most important skills for advancement in communications are written communications (deemed most important), media relations and content creation. Way down on the list, at No. 8, is measurement/data analysis skills. Keep in mind that the 900 communications professionals who took our survey in October and November… Continued