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Five ways to leverage data for public release in your 2022 communications campaigns

Discover Why Research For Public Release Should be Part of Every Brand's Communication Strategy. I wouldn’t dare simply take an informal study on this, so I talked to the experts. As you prepare 2022 marketing or communications plans, I urge you to ask your teams this question as well: “Is polling in your plans for 2022?” On my quest for good ideas to further 2022 planning initiatives, I recently spoke with Erica Parker, managing director at The Harris Poll. She helps lead one of the company’s custom insights and analytics function and works with many companies, organizations, institutions, associations and agencies to... ⇢ read more

School Daze- Communicating the “On Again” and “Off Again” in this age of coronavirus

Like all of us in the profession, school communicators have their work cut out for them. In this age of coronavirus when Crisis communication plans are being updated in real time it's easy to get carried away to address the tyranny of the urgent. As a public relations consultant and a former public school district leader,  school communicators need to keep these items top of mind when developing and distributing school communications: Keep it simple. Some educators simply love the jargon. Pedagogy, rubrics, ESEA, Title 1, NSLP mean something to educators and administrators. However, parents might need some additional insight or a... ⇢ read more

Why Communicators Should Help Crisis Clients Move Toward Long-term Innovation

Last year, I wrote my guest blog for PRCG Powerlines about vulnerability as the “secret sauce” to effective crisis communications. To say that theory has been tested in 2020 by COVID-19 – and other crises/issues of this year -- is an understatement. I think there are many communications professionals who would agree that their clients were “forced into” a level of vulnerability they had never experienced before. I’d guess (and hope) that those who accepted their vulnerable state and communicated it with candor and authenticity did a long-term service to their brand and organization. But let’s face it, it’s “getting old” for... ⇢ read more

How to Keep Your Work Life Balance in the Age of Covid-19

Five years and one month ago, I wrote a blog titled, “Work Martyrdom: Get Over It.” A Time Magazine article asking, “Who Killed Summer Vacation?” was my inspiration. I’m a veteran public relations professional, and it forced me to reflect on how I had arrived at a place where I was working all the time; checking and responding to emails, writing, posting, researching, and stressing. “This is how I—and apparently the rest of America—have been working for roughly the last 15 years. It started with that first Palm Pilot, accelerated with my Blackberry, then went into overdrive with the acquisition of a... ⇢ read more

I (Heart) Milton Glaser

I was living in Boston in 1977.  As a transplant from California, it was my mission to explore as much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic as I could.  That took me to New York quite a bit.  At that time, New York was reeling from an economic downturn, a legendary blackout, Son of Sam killings, and other negative events.  With that backdrop, the city and state needed to take positive steps. Enter Milton Glaser, legendary graphic designer and founder of New York magazine, who created a logo as part of a campaign to attract business and boost tourism.  I vividly recall... ⇢ read more

Snap, Crackle and Pop to Marketing Success!

In 2010, we were in the midst of the Great Recession and there were so many things similar to today’s economic climate. Large-scale layoffs, furloughs, the unemployment rate was sitting at 10 percent and marketing budgets were slashed! Accountants love cutting “non-essential” or “big ticket” expenditures. For some reason, that includes marketing, communications and advertising. To me, this logic is like watching a fire go out and refusing to put more wood on the stack because it costs too much to keep it going. Even the greatest of companies, those that you didn’t think would need bailouts and would survive a turn... ⇢ read more

8 Non-Blah Ways to Maximize Working from Home

By Jesse Scott, The Firm Public Relations   I’ll never forget that early, unusually cold, Las Vegas morning. It was December 12, 2015. My wife and I decided to move from Las Vegas, Nevada to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and this was day numero uno of a massive, cross-country road-trip with our feisty terrier pup, Sammy. It was exciting and scary. Thousands of miles and a new place to call home aside, a massive professional shift was ahead for me as a public relations professional. After working in a totally feng shui-ed office (which, BTW, is super-unique for how generally hectic the PR universe is) and... ⇢ read more

In person meetings are preferred

After attending our annual PRConsultantsGroup conference  in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I came away even more convinced of the power of the in-person meeting. Discussions by phone or email or no substitution for a chat over a cup of coffee or a margarita, and learning that a new contact is a marathon runner, a theater lover or a soccer coach helps you remember them and feel more connected. Brainstorming or problem-solving activities are enhanced by the ability to quickly read an audience’s facial expression, instead of waiting for a reply via email. Some replies may seem terse, when in fact... ⇢ read more

Nine PR Life Lessons from 2020 Best Picture Nominees

  This year’s Academy Awards frontrunners are speaking directly to communicators. Here are some top-line spoiler-free life hacks from each of this year’s Best Picture nominees, provided by Cookerly PR president and movie  reviewer  Stephen  Michael  Brown . Before the #Oscars get unveiled this Sunday, read the post here.     Stephen Michael Brown is president of Cookerly PR, an integrated communications firm based in Atlanta. He is also founder and chief film critic of Silver Screen Capture.  ... ⇢ read more

The biggest blind spot in crisis communications

Read enough crisis communications plans and you’ll see a host of contingencies for communicating with journalists, lawmakers, shareholders and customers. You’ll also see a variety of templated news releases, dark websites and proposed hashtags. Rarely, however, will you see any strategies and tactics directed at one of the most important audiences in any crisis: the employees who work for the organization at the center of the incident. Why are employees so often overlooked? Maybe it’s because communicating with them is a routine matter at most organizations. Maybe it’s because employee communications lacks the glamor of media relations and executive communications. Or... ⇢ read more

Harold Burson was a PR Legend Who Shaped the Industry

Harold Burson, cofounder of global agency powerhouse Burson-Marsteller (now BCW) who died last Friday in Memphis, Tenn., was an icon in the public relations industry. He was 98, and still worked three days a week until late last year. Burson cofounded Burson-Marsteller in New York in 1953, and the agency grew to become a global force with a deep roster of international clients. A Memphis native, Burson attended the University of Mississippi, then joined the U.S. Army where he worked as a reporter for the American Forces Network, writing scripts for radio broadcasts on the Nuremberg trials, notably the proceedings against Hermann Göring.... ⇢ read more