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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. Taylor set out to save the Club Aluminum Products distribution company from bankruptcy, he created policies to reflect his faith and his standards. Taylor wrote The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do. Today, The Four-Way Test is used by Rotary International as a moral code for their personal and business... ⇢ read more

How to Communicate in a Multi-Generational Workforce

Best Practices for Millennials by Millennials Solveig Raftery, The Firm Public Relations & Marketing, 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

Ambassadors, Avengers and Advocates: How to Rally the Troops to Support Your Mission

  With all the many channels in which people communicate, nonprofit organizations need to find ways to outreach to both current and potential audiences. Social media is segmented, based on each platform’s users, so nonprofits need a strategy to outreach, share and “rally the troops” to effectively break through the myriad... ⇢ read more

Fake News Creates Real Challenges for Journalists and PR Professionals

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... ⇢ read more

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... ⇢ read more

The Big Bad Wolf: When Mother Nature Strikes

As a child, my mom diligently worked with me to read books every week. From stories of emperors with no clothes to giants in the sky, one of my favorites was the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” To this day, I am not sure why that story resonated with... ⇢ read more

Five tips for creating an online newsroom

According to a recent survey, more than 50 percent of journalists visit online newsroom sections of organizations’ websites at least once a week. What are they looking to find in the online newsroom? More than news releases. The online newsroom should serve as an organization’s online filing cabinet with news releases,... ⇢ read more

Why You Should Add Social Influencers to Your PR Plan

Smart public relations practitioners are always looking for ways to expand the visibility of their clients’ plans and programs.  Adding opportunities for outreach to social influencers is one way to do that. Identifying the Right Influencers Identifying the right influencers involves the same mindset as identifying “beat” reporters or other key stakeholders. ... ⇢ read more