Posts Categorized: Promotion

Crisis Communications: PR needs a seat at the table

For companies like Pepsi and United, these past few weeks have not been “friendly” after long hours trying to battle crises within their respective organizations. Every time a crisis hits major corporations, such as these, public relations professionals are left scratching their heads wondering who is in charge and why the PR people “didn’t have a seat at the table?”…from the beginning. PR professionals are oftentimes called in after the crisis hits versus having a seat at the table during the initial planning and strategizing phases. It’s clear that in the case of Pepsi, the advertising firm created what they thought was a home run ad for the soft drink maker:  Model Kendall Jenner handing a police officer a Pepsi during a protest rally. However, my guess is that no one ran the ad by their Communications Director or possibly their outside public relations counsel because if they did, I wou ... ⇢ read more

Uber and Lyft botch $8.6 million campaign, suspend service in Austin

8937656c-d301-489e-8fea-388794af20a1-large16x9_austinUber and Lyft just lost an $8.6 million game of public affairs. In a case billed as Silicon Valley money versus Texas public servants, the two giant rideshare companies have suspended service in Austin after voters turned down Proposition 1 on Saturday, bringing to a stunning conclusion the most expensive campaign in the city’s history. So, why did Proposition 1 fail? Lyft and Uber totally botched the campaign. The rideshare companies used bullying tactic ... ⇢ read more

Lights, Camera, Action in Media Relations

By Natalie Ghidotti, APR It’s no shocker that online video consumption continues increasing at a rapid pace. According to comScore’s Video Metrix, 190.3 million Americans watched online content videos last summer. Videos are easily viewed from a variety of devices – whether that’s a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. They’re also entertaining, while informing. Think of the number of videos you probably watch just in your Facebook feed alone. Don’t tell me you haven’t clicked on one of those Buzzfeed videos before. We all have! So knowing that people like to watch things, it’s no surprise that using video in your media relations efforts can result in better engagement, clearer understanding and increased dialogue. Reporters and editors – (gasp!) they’re just like us! The gal you’ve been trying to pitch for a year at the New York Times likes watching engaging content just as much as you and your friends. Our firm has worked over the past fe ... ⇢ read more

Super lessons from the Super Bowl

[caption id="attachment_1063" align="alignnone" width="300"]5 hours and counting. Can you tell who we were cheering for? Five hours and counting until Super Bowl XLIX. Can you tell who we were cheering for?[/caption] by Kristin Helvey, APR, president/owner, Helvey Communications This year, my husband and I took our first Super Bowl trip. The football hype began upon landing. Airport workers wore jerseys, balloons lined hallways and murals covered the baggage claim. This was, of course, just the tip of the iceberg. For four days, we were enveloped by building-sized endorsements, crazed fans jumping around in the background shots of athlete interviews (if you saw someone that looked like me, I probably just h ... ⇢ read more

PRCG Conference Roundup 2015: Dallas, Texas

2015 conference logo DallasBy Amy Kossoff Smith, Write Ideas, Inc., and Founder/Editor PRCG Powerlines Boots and lots of brainstorming were on the ground in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, this year for the PRConsultants Group Annual Conference. More than 40 of the network’s markets attended for professional development, networking, and of course, some great Tex-Mex food. Themed, “Not the same old bull,” there was a healthy dose of humor and Southwestern fun as we held our annual crash course in PR education together. Here are highlights from this year’s conference:
  • Day One, after a team brainstorm (get ready to be wo ... ⇢ read more

Snark Gone Bad Can Lead to Workplace Abuse

SFD imageBy Dawn Stranne, President, Dawn Stranne & Associates   Happy Snark Free Day! Today, our group of public relations professionals from every corner of America asks everyone to take some time to think about the power of words and to be snark free, just for a day. Snark gone bad can cross over the ugly line into bullying at the office. For most of us, we probably experience or dish out a little snark at work now and then. But for those who have been bullied, snark is probably where the bully began the torture. While Snark Free Day doesn’t address that level of abuse, it is important to those of us who make a living in communications to be aware of such workp ... ⇢ read more

PRConsultants Group Made Some Magic in Orlando

PRCG conference logo  jpeg file final By Amy Kossoff Smith, President, Write Ideas, Inc. and Founder/Editor of PRCG Powerlines, @WriteIdeasPR When 40 public relations consultants get together, there’s bound to be some magic sparks.  This year’s 11th Annual  PRConsultants Group Conference in Orlando, Florida, was a great example of long-time peers collaborating on the latest in strategy, technology, valuation, community service, and creativity in the field of PR.  Created this year by a fabulous duo, Susan Hamburg and ⇢ read more

Nonprofit PR – You Can’t Afford Not To

teamworks-logo-mediumBy Barb Harris & Sharon Kreher, teamworks communication management There’s always been an appropriate tension between what nonprofit agencies spend on their mission and what they spend on administration. And certainly, that’s a ratio one should consider in evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of a charity. But, the tendency to adhere too rigidly to the “spend as little as you can on admin” often backfires.  As any for-profit business understands, sometimes you have to invest dollars in order to generate more funds. That means expenditures in facilities, staff, capacity, advertising, and yes, public relations. While nonprofits don’t think in terms of “profits” per se, they do h ... ⇢ read more

Toot Your Horn – Companies Should Promote their Cause Marketing

teamworks-logo-mediumBy Barb Harris & Sharon Kreher, teamworks communication management Corporate social responsibility isn’t a new concept. Many companies participate in charitable giving; some even do “cause marketing.” But do most do enough to let their customers know about their giving? Do they give their customers opportunities to join in supporting the chosen cause? Does their charitable giving program involve their employees? Are they getting enough “upside” to warrant maintaining or even expanding their giving? Corporate giving, of course, starts with a donation to a worthwhile cause. But too many companies, large and small, fail to incorporate additional levels of participation that can direct ... ⇢ read more

Virgin America – Yea, they’ve “got it”!

By Amy Kossoff Smith, Write Ideas, Inc. I flew Virgin America to California this past weekend, and couldn't wait to get back to my desk to write about the unique marketing muscle behind this flying experience.  It's hard not to look at my own customer service experiences through a marketing/PR lens, and this was no exception. Initially, I thought I was flying on one of those "off brand" airlines, and wasn't sure what to expect, if anything!  Instead, I couldn't believe the swank, nightclub feel on board.  Black leather, comfy seats, decent leg room, magenta-ish track lighting, a safety video cartoon-style with some attitude & humor (didn't k ... ⇢ read more

Discount Designer Clothes: Definitely PR Genius

By Amy Kossoff Smith, President, Write Ideas, Inc. Despite - or because of - this recession, there's still clearly a hearty appetite for designer duds at discount prices.  Target's recent launch of Missoni, an upscale Italian label with wild, colorful, geometric patterns, was a huge success on many fronts.  Even though their website crashed from the sudden surge in traffic, I'd call it a PR success story for lots of reasons. Lydia Dishman reported in Forbes (The Genius of Target's Missoni Madness) "Two full hours before Ta ... ⇢ read more