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
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
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.
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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, 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
Many clients ask me, “…when TV crews come to film, they interview me for eight minutes, shoot other interviews and things for an additional 20 minutes. So why is the entire TV story only two minutes long with a total of SIX seconds of me?” It is a great question.
During interviews in the past, I would stand either behind the photojournalist or just out of frame to make sure my client stays on message, isn’t caught off-guard by wayward questions and for me to jump in at the end if they forgot to something critical.
(Secret Sauce #1)
However, one thing I... ⇢ read more
PRConsultants Group President, Jason Brown of PublicCity PR, attended the recent SUBTA (Subscription Box Trade Association) RECUR Conference in Chicago and interviewed Joel Beckett, Founder of The Outloud Group about Influencer Marketing and the strategies behind working with Influencers. #Influencers #Marketing #PublicRelations #PR... ⇢ read more
“Will it make us rich?”
“Will it make us famous?”
“Will it make us happy?”
Before I started my own public relations consultancy, I worked at larger marketing firms. At one of the agencies, we had a three-pronged new business philosophy. Before pursuing a new account, we’d apply the “rich, famous or happy” filter to any opportunity. If we couldn’t answer “yes” to at least one of the questions, we'd pass.
I took that with me into private practice, and have been using it for most of the 15 years I’ve been on my own. Lately, though, I’ve whittled those criteria down to one:... ⇢ read more
It’s October. This time last year, many of us in Red Sox Nation were living the dream. The Yankees were sent packing for the off-season and the Boston Red Sox were en route to winning the World Series.
This year, the Red Sox, who many sports pundits thought could be the first to repeat as world champions since the Yankees won three straight from 1998 – 2000, limped out of September in third place in their division without so much as a passing glance at a wild card berth.
Despite a rough spring training, Red Sox leadership was happy to fan the... ⇢ read more
As a communications professional, I’ve come to accept — and joke about — the negative terms used to describe our profession. From the more genteel “wordsmiths” to the oft-derogatory “spin doctors”, “PR hacks” (and a few not publishable names), PR professionals probably have as many negative monikers as lawyers.
Years ago, finesse and spin were lauded as masterful and strategic, especially during a corporate crisis. As the public has grown more astute, transparency emerged. I’d submit a further ingredient is actually the “secret sauce” in effective transparency: vulnerability.
I once heard a Captain of Industry say that he found he was most... ⇢ read more
Waiting to board the final leg of a two-flight trip, a number of things go through my mind. First and foremost was this blog post. It was four days late and I really don’t like being late. I thought, "What should I write about?"
A few things popped into my head, some focused on customer service.
I started to be more aware of my surroundings as I boarded the aircraft. Listening to announcements a bit more intently, seeing how the agent eyed my phone, noticing how the first flight attendant was probably having a long day, avoiding eye contact.Turning the corner, navigating... ⇢ read more