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 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 building initiatives, but making sure that my clients were properly served and that we kept our jobs became a top priority, especially the first days after the storm.
This is how we “Ricanstructed” our business during the first 72 hours after Hurricane Maria:
Knock, Knock. It’s me.
As all wireless telecom systems collapsed... ⇢ read more
The drumbeat over the growing spate of “fake news” stories reached a crescendo last week when the 2017 AP Stylebook felt compelled to address proper journalistic style when referring to “the modern phenomenon of deliberate falsehoods or fiction masked as news circulating on the internet.” Ironically, “fake news” is far from new. The Onion and National Inquirer were peddling this cheap brand of journalism long before Al Gore ever invented the internet.
What is new is the impact “fake news” is having on the Fourth Estate; where trust in traditional news media is at an all-time low. A September 2016 Gallup... ⇢ read more
One of the traditionally best routes to positive brand identity, media exposure, and best of all—public trust, is if the founder, CEO, or public face of an entity you represent is, or has the potential to be, what we call a “thought leader.”
“Thought leader” is a jargon-y term, somewhat overused, but succinctly descriptive. A thought leader is a trusted expert in his/her field, often called upon to discuss innovation, best practices, or even the future of said field.
For example, Elon Musk is a thought leader in electric vehicles and space travel; Chris Brogan is a thought leader in marketing and... ⇢ read more
By Deborah Trivitt, APR
I’m not a fan of the recent fad to make a list of the “best,” “worst,” “most,” “least” of anything. I’m pretty sure the people making the lists are arbitrarily picking from their favorites or least favorites to make the list. I doubt any real research goes into the making of any of them.
Recently PRSA Tactics columnist Tim O’Brien, APR, invited me to participate in making the list 4 Myths About Being an Independent Practitioner
As I prepare to begin year 18 as an Independent Practitioner, I can assure you his list is “well-researched, and insightful.”... ⇢ read more
This photo from a recent Vanity Fair article (2013) shows the glare from a building, that has resulted in a PR controversy.
By Lisa Faulkner-Dunne, Lisa Faulkner-Dunne and Associates Public Relations
It certainly seems like common sense, and basic ethics, to avoid making up names and posting rash and inflammatory comments on your client’s digital media pages, or even worse, on their adversary’s or competitor’s pages.
Yet this ridiculous junior high type behavior happens. In Dallas, a former NBC anchor-turned-PR-specialist (hired, no doubt because he had “good media contacts,”) recently disgraced himself, the law firm that hired him and a high profile client... ⇢ read more
By Julie Dennehy, APR and President, Dennehy Public Relations
The first quality of a great entrepreneur and PR firm owner is not your ability to bring in the green and service your clients, but your sense of curiosity and love of novelty… two foundational characteristics that lay the groundwork for a great PR practice. Afraid of technology, or to try something shiny and new? Read on for inspiration.
A recent post on Inc.com by one of my favorite Inc. writers and business authors on the subject, Jeff Haden, outlines “Nine qualities of remarkable entrepreneurs” got me thinking about our own independent PR practices.... ⇢ read more
Thanks to Susan Hart, Hart PR, for sharing this post from her PR blog, EveryDayPR.net.
When discussing a work project, a business mentor used to constantly ask me, "what's the message?" The same question applies to Occupy Wall Street, a headline-garnering, fast-spreading movement taking place in cities around the country. Even watching the local news in New York last week didn't clarify unified messages or goals for me. Every person who responded to the "why are you here" question by reporters gave a different answer. On the upside, crowds were entertained by impromptu musical renditions of 60s classics like "This Land... ⇢ read more
By Marisa Vallbona, APR, Fellow, PRSA
This blog post first appeared in PRSAY
In an age of declining journalism standards, where anything goes and credibility is in serious question, it’s about time we see a network take the high road and announce it’s going back to the true practice of journalism. According to The Daily Beast, ABC News division president Ben Sherwood has decided the network will do just that and no longer pay for interviews or images, a practice called “checkbook journalism” that has become all-too-common in recent years.
ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider told The Daily Beast: “We can book just... ⇢ read more
By Brendy Barr, President, Brendy Barr Communications, LLC
Beware of the Tweet that could result in legal repercussions! Many professional communicators are launching into social media marketing campaigns and not considering the legal mistakes they may be making. This oversight could result in fines and/or a disruption in the client’s business.
So before you post that next photo or conduct a sweepstakes on Facebook, read this blog on Write Speak Sell by attorney Kyle-Beth Hilfer about the most common legal errors in social media marketing…
Click here to read full post.... ⇢ read more
As a light football fan, I'm one of those PR/marketing folks who watches the big game for the ads. It started during my first job after college at DDB Needham Advertising. As a newbie in the ad scene, I'd "yes ma'am" and "no sir" all day to the many levels of management above me as I scurried between departments, toting creative storyboards, thick research reports, and media analyses. But the night of the Super Bowl, our class of Assistant Account Executives got to sit around bowls of salty chips and pizza and play CEO as we analyzed the creative genius... ⇢ read more