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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 getting an opportunity to do some “speed pitching” one on one with these media reps, the summit also hosts a media panel to talk about how the media want to receive story pitches. This year, panelists provided great insights specifically into how they like to receive information. As communication professionals, we... ⇢ 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

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... ⇢ 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