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Bigger or Louder Doesn’t Make Me Hear You

It’s an election year and with the primaries in full swing in my county, my mailbox overfloweth with postcards from candidates. They all look and sound alike with promises of fighting for me, for better education, for jobs, for better health care.  In order to stand out, these political hopefuls are putting their bland messages on bigger card stock.

Avoid the 7 Deadly Media Relations Sins

Earlier this week, I had the great pleasure of speaking to the Society of Marketing Professionals DC Chapter about how to pitch the media.  Most of the people in the room were primarily focused on marketing and business development.

Five Tips to Help You Leverage Communications

In our last blog post, we wrote about the need to Leverage All Your Communications.  To become adept at leadership communications, we have to better connect with our internal and external audiences.  We need to become more strategic in our actions and consistently express value within our organization and with our enterprise’s key audience(s).

Framing Messages as News: Netflix Adultery

Netflix this week rolled out a brilliant commercial campaign with wow-worthy framing of messages.  It’s a story framed as news so topical and irresistible that Brian Williams dedicated an entire story to it on NBC Nightly News (remarkably airing on a network owned by Netflix’s oh-so-threatened competitor Comcast).

Public Relations IS Community Building

An article in the most recent Harvard Business Review got me hopping angry because it undercuts the value of PR and communications.   Some background: The piece was about  TED, that marvelous convener of great minds and ideas, and how it had appeared to lose control of its brand through its TEDx gatherings. 

5 Reasons You Need a Communications Plan

Is your company or organization churning out press releases every week that don’t get picked up?  Are you spending money on digital and print advertising but seeing sales decline?  Are your employees unable to send a consistent message about your organization to customers or donors?

Strategic Communications: 4 Reasons NOT to Hire a PR Firm

A communications or public relations practitioner may be your best ally and resource when seeking or refining strategic communications to reach key audiences, build support, and deliver more dollars to your bottom line.

Tunnel Vision, Crisis Communications and PR Counsel

A recent article in the Washington Post about the summer drama over the ouster and then reinstatement of University of Virginia (UVA) President Teresa Sullivan detailed the effort of Rector Helen Dragas to put a positive public face on this action. 

The Power of Framing Messages

Last week the Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell backed away from a controversial abortion bill that only a week before seemed to be gathering steam.  The bill would have called for an invasive ultrasound to be performed before any abortion could occur.  What started out as a debate about limiting the access to abortion and fetal rights within a week became  a discussion of government intrusion. 

Best Prep for Public Relations Pros: A Solid Liberal Arts Education

Not long ago, the daughter of a friend asked me what she should major in for a career in PR.  Without a moment’s hesitation, I said it doesn’t matter as long as you know how to think and how to write.  If you can do those two things, you’ll be successful in public relations or for that matter in almost any career.