Posts Categorized: Public Relations Strategy

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 stepped in — using her natural gifts and savvy about people — to grow the organization to be a key player in her county during Hurricane Florence. Our PR Challenge: Staying “rural relevant” while quickly getting the organization “more sophisticated” in media relations and big-time grant opportunity development. After my years of working... ⇢ 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 the big reveal. People guessed everything from biscuits, to bacon to butternut squash. Many people assumed “b” would stand for “breakfast” since IHOP is known for its pancakes and other morning fare. For a week, IHOb (the name had already been changed on Twitter) continued to engage with followers via social... ⇢ 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 added complications. Addressing possible mistakes or pitfalls in crisis management is integral to the process. Although you cannot see into the future, there are a number of common pitfalls that may be stealthily avoided with the right amount of preparation, communication and teamwork. No Action Plan In order to tackle a crisis... ⇢ 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 the exchange of financial assets, but everything—much like the Internet changed everything. A simple definition: Blockchain is a shared, distributed ledger that facilitates the process of recording transactions and tracking assets in a business network. An asset can be tangible, such as a house, a car, cash, or land; or intangible... ⇢ 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 the potential to think creatively. We just don’t take the time to stop what we’re already doing long enough to challenge ourselves to think about things in a new way. We get trapped in boxes and assumptions of our own making. We limit our options and possibilities with self-imposed rules... ⇢ 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 strategizing how to capitalize on public relations opportunities in 2018. The State of the Network revealed a robust combination of ongoing development, growth potential, and an unprecedented amount of intra-group collaboration. Next, members enjoyed a hands-on “Embracing Your Creativity” workshop with Many-to-One’s Dennis Skinner. This 17-year creativity veteran outlined the barriers... ⇢ 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” (Brian Halligan) raised some hackles in the circles of veteran public relations consultants… and so, I respond. First, it should be noted that while Halligan is a gifted writer and clearly passionate about covering trendy topics in Hubspot’s popular blog in order to garner clicks and e-book downloads, there are some... ⇢ read more

Five Lessons From 25 Years in PR

As I see my agency’s 25th anniversary quickly approaching, I started to write a post about the 25 things I’ve learned over that extremely interesting, exciting, frustrating, and amazing time. But given attention spans these days (mine and yours), I decided to keep it to five. You be you For years I worried about what my competitors were doing. I noticed their client rosters, great placements, awards received, new employees attracted, and compared all these with mine. This made me cranky. So now I take that energy and direct it to noticing all the fabulous work my outstanding team does for... ⇢ read more

Eight life lessons learned from a juggler

I love being a public relations consultant for the past few decades, and have enjoyed representing New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire for the past five. Running your own PR firm can be fascinating, and we are required to keep all the “balls in the air” at all times. Just like a good juggler at the Faire, I’ve uncovered eight life lessons gleaned from observing master performers, including my favorite: the “grand finale” is a simple compilation of many smaller achievements. Whether you are striking out pitching a story or creating a clever idea, or just need extra motivation for a personal goal, here are tips... ⇢ read more

Three big reasons to stop bragging about small-budget success

My firm does a lot of work with nonprofit clients. We work with small businesses quite a bit, too. I’ve found I get the most enjoyment from projects I can sink my heart into, and apparently my heart is a sucker for good causes and local development. I love this work and the kinds of people I come into contact with while conducting it. With that said, there’s a common phrase I’ve become used to hearing that I could learn to live without: “We don’t have a budget.” Don’t get me wrong—small budgets aren’t necessarily bad. In fact, they often serve... ⇢ 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, unless some kid takes off his pinkie with an M-80 (which will happen), not much local happens. Having been on the other side for 17 years, I can't disagree more. No one likes working on the holiday. Whether you are waiting tables, selling retail or sitting in the newsroom, everyone... ⇢ read more