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Annual Conference in Detroit’s Polar Vortex Celebrates a Robust Year for PRCG

By Amy Kossoff Smith, President Write Ideas, Inc. and Power Hour Editing, and Editor/Founder of PRCG Powerlines Note - Picture taken in the PV (Polar Vortex) When you ask PR professionals to battle the elements, find a workaround with canceled flights, and dig out parkas, face masks, and hand warmers, what happens?  You get 26 of them assembled in the middle of a historic Polar Vortex, ready to bundle up and buckle down, with another 10 participating virtually.  All joking aside, the PRConsultants Group’s 24th Annual Conference traveled to incoming President Jason Brown’s home town of Detroit a.k.a. Motor City for professional development, networking,... ⇢ read more

What PR Pros Can Learn From Fortnite

By Brian Chandler, APR If you’re looking for a so-called “Victory Royale” with your public relations work, or counsel to clients, you might want to set your crosshairs on how Epic Games handles public relations and marketing around its popular game Fortnite. In case you’ve been off the grid or stuck under... ⇢ read more

Public Speaking is a PR Leadership Skill

PR professionals work hard to craft messages, communications, and presentations that get key points across to the target audience. We inform, educate and persuade. It’s our strength. It’s what we do in PR. However, without strong public speaking and presentation skills, audiences become distracted, messages aren’t received, and brands are diluted. Competency... ⇢ read more

15 Years. 15 Lessons.

It’s been 15 years since I decided to leave the “comfortable” lifestyle of having a secure, well-paying bi-weekly paycheck to enter the rollercoaster life of being self-employed. In 2003, becoming an entrepreneur and opening a startup was not a cool, hip trend as it is today. For many, I was... ⇢ read more

Hurricane Florence Offers Crisis Management Refresher

What crisis management lessons can a disaster like Hurricane Florence provide to organizations and the PR pros who support them? Recently, I flew into North Carolina to help a friend with what started as a small, rural nonprofit dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  My friend saw a need and... ⇢ read more

New Ways of Sharing News

Each year, we are lucky to have the opportunity to attend the “Valley Publicity Summit,” hosted by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It’s a great gathering of PR folks and media representatives -- producers, editors and reporters – from traditional and online outlets. Beyond... ⇢ read more

From Wayne’s World to Yours: How to Succeed with Community Access Television

  By Martin Cohn, Cohn Public Relations Many equate community television with the broadcast of local government meetings. However, community access TV, or CAT for short, fills a unique niche in the media landscape, providing communities with the opportunity to create programs of local interest. First, some history Public Access Television came about with... ⇢ read more

Answer this question (ALWAYS)

I made this mistake early. “C-Level folks don’t take kindly to being trained.”  So now, I media coach a ton of people.  I talk a lot to a lot of folks about how to talk with the media.  Non-profits to brass…all individuals who are waaaay smarter than I am.  But you would be surprised how... ⇢ read more

International House of Whaaaaa?: A rebrand story

Earlier this month, International House of Pancakes (aka IHOP) made a bold decision to rebrand. At least, that’s what people initially thought. IHOP announced June 4 on Twitter it was “flippin’ our name to IHOb.” The company didn’t tell anyone what the “b” would stand for initially, building suspense for... ⇢ read more

Common Pitfalls in Crisis Team Management

Everyone makes mistakes. We have been taught this from a very young age. In many situations, mistakes are understandable and easily handled. However, they do tend to make situations more difficult, and often, more complicated. When your company is confronted with a crisis, there is rarely any leg room for... ⇢ read more