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Five PR strategies to position senior living communities

By Jenny Smith                   Today's senior living communities are not the 'drooly drop-offs' your grandparents avoided. Their 'pitch' appeals to Boomers who want freedom and choice. The security of life care!  Freedom from home maintenance!  Active lifestyle!  Gourmet dining on your terms!  Open floor plans! Granite countertops and stainless appliances!  Lifelong learning! Room for the grandkids to visit! State-of-the-art fitness center! It’s Older Americans Month. Are your parents shopping for the vision of retirement utopia offered by more than 2,000 life care retirement communities across the U.S.? How it's done now Senior communities’ marketing images often feature model-fit, grey-haired residents with Photoshopped wrinkles walking, biking, eating... ⇢ read more

Blockchain could change everything–including PR

The annual juggernaut that is the SXSW film, interactive, music, and media conference recently wrapped up in Austin, and as always, programming and conversations were driven by cultural and scientific innovations, ideas, and trends. One of this year’s most-discussed trends was blockchain technology and how it might revolutionize not just... ⇢ read more

Tips for PR pros: tech tools for collaborating and connecting

(Excerpted from original post on February 20, 2018 on CuriousAndClever.com, a website founded by Julie Dennehy and Toni Antonetti) Each year at our annual meeting we present our favorite tech tools to our colleagues at PRConsultants Group, a consortium of senior PR professionals who represent the top U.S. media markets. They're... ⇢ read more

Unleashing Creativity to Innovate Your PR Practice

by Sharon Kreher and Barb Harris, teamworks communication At our recent annual PRConsultants Group conference, we had the privilege of spending some time with Dennis Skinner of Many-To-One (www.many2one.com), an inspiring speaker, on the topic of creativity and innovation. One of the first points he made was to say that everyone has... ⇢ read more

PRCG Turns it Up in Tempe for 15th Annual Public Relations Conference

By Amy Kossoff Smith, Founder/Editor of PRCG Powerlines and Founder/President of Write Ideas, Inc. and Power Hour Editing It was time to “plug into PRCG” with business development and community service in Tempe, Arizona, for PRConsultants Group’s 15th Annual Conference. Some 42 members attended, representing 40 markets, for education, networking, and... ⇢ read more

The Strength of E Pluribus Unum

For nearly two centuries, the Latin phrase, e pluribus unum, was the de facto motto of the United States. The English translation is “Out of many, one,” and illustrates the birth of a single nation (for the first 84 years, anyway) from 13 original colonies. It’s meant to convey the... ⇢ read more

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”... ⇢ 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