National News. Local Insights.

PR is alive and well, thank you

I’m alive and well, thank you, and not wearing shiny suits with shoulder pads anymore.Recently, a pair of Hubspot blog posts made the rounds claiming that PR needed  a   re-invention, and PR professionals do too. Halligan’s follow up post, entitled, “What is the ideal profile for a modern PR person” (Brian Halligan) raised some hackles in the circles of veteran public relations consultants… and so, I respond. First, it should be noted that while Halligan is a gifted writer and clearly passionate about covering trendy topics in Hubspot’s popular blog in order to garner clicks and e-book downloads, there are some... ⇢ read more

I got 99 voices and mine ain’t one!

After 25 years of writing press releases, pitching stories, imagining marketing ideas and crafting scripts, I am not sure I even remember what my own inner-voice sounds like anymore. If you are anything like me, you must have three things when determining the perfect voice for your clients. First, you... ⇢ read more

Ricanstructing our Business after Hurricane María: Going Back to Basics

“I will contribute to Puerto Rico’s recovery by not becoming an unemployment statistic.” That statement became my mantra as soon as I knew my family, friends and employees were safe after Hurricane Maria wiped out Puerto Rico’s power, telecom, and basic needs infrastructure. Yes, we have helped in volunteer efforts and community... ⇢ read more

Communicating with empathy following a tragedy

Much has been written about the importance of organizations communicating effectively in the wake of a tragedy. That includes being mindful of what you say to avoid appearing tone-deaf. From the devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico to the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the Harvey Weinstein sexual... ⇢ read more

Eight life lessons learned from a juggler

I love being a public relations consultant for the past few decades, and have enjoyed representing New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire for the past five. Running your own PR firm can be fascinating, and we are required to keep all the “balls in the air” at all times. Just like a... ⇢ read more

Four paths to patriotic public relations

By Jenny Smith, Acuity PR Our nation’s birthday is a great time to reflect on our founding principles. In today’s climate of alternative facts, fake news and ADHD reporting, it’s important to ask ourselves: How can we practice truly patriotic public relations? 1. Practice the Four-Way Test When business executive and Rotarian Herbert J.... ⇢ read more

How to Communicate in a Multi-Generational Workforce

Best Practices for Millennials by Millennials Solveig Raftery, The Firm Public Relations & Marketing, www.thefirmpr.com The journey to understand the millennial generation is as vast and arduous as the opinions about them. However, Millennials are now the largest living generation in the U.S. and represent the largest generation in the U.S. labor... ⇢ read more

Don’t pitch on July 4th, right?

I found that being in public relations really isn't at all about the first word. It really revolves around the second.  "Relations" is the key. The July 4th holiday is right around the corner, and some PR pros think of it as a wasted opportunity to pitch stories to the media as,... ⇢ read more

Successful Campaign Strategies Are Built on the Affirmative Approach; Not Who Yells the Loudest

By Paul Larrabee, APR During a recent account post-mortem, the client revealed that my repeated urgings to deliver affirmative messages took a while for him to understand – and embrace. Prior to working with Corning Place Communications – his images of the public relations pro were spin meisters based on the fictional... ⇢ read more