Storytelling through a Business Prism

The Best Storytelling Posts from the First Half of 2015 (Part II)

It’s always fun raking through the posts at the mid-year point. Monday’s post included half of the list capturing my top posts from this year, including Alex Rodriguez showing his sensitive side (not a pretty picture). Here’s the rest of the list.  6 Reverse Engineering the Storytelling in a New York Times Feature In short, PR […]

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The Best Storytelling Posts from the First Half of 2015

Finally, I don’t have to evangelize the value of storytelling from a tattered pulpit. This is the first post curating the best content since the new blog design went live. I still marvel that the microphone works. Here’s my take on the best posts from the first of half of 2015. To Borrow from a […]

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Google Job Description: Doodle This

I expected more from the Google job description in its search for the next Doodler. Job descriptions can serve as a litmus test on whether a company gets business storytelling. In other words, are functions other than communications like HR using language to give those on the outside a sense of the company culture and […]

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Shaping a Blog Design for Thought Leadership

Back in 2012 I posted plans to evolve the blog which included: And I recognize the “look and feel” of the blog desperately needs help, another action on the 2012 to-do list. Didn’t happen. This exchange with Marsha Collier surfaced in 2013: I’ve had friends tell me that once I bulldoze the wretched “look and feel” […]

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Visualizing Contrast, Medium as a Social Platform and Eroding Attention Spans

The grab bag returns with three random tidbits that squeeze under the communications umbrella. Here goes. Contrast as a Storytelling Technique Of all the storytelling techniques that lift business communications, contrast is one of the easiest to implement. Old Way vs. New Way With vs. Without LeBron vs. Steph (for the NBA fans) And the […]

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Lessons from Cannes on Communicating Ideas

I wrote a post in April mentioning that one of our young account professionals, Melissa Lewelling, was headed to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Out of literally thousands of films, her film, called “More Than a Number,” was one of 30 films selected by Campus Movie Fest to be shown in the Short Film Corner. […]

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Why “Organic Search” Should Be Called “Earned Search”

John Belushi asks the question. I’ve made this plea before. But don’t listen to me (or John). Rand Fishkin, one of the top SEO gurus in the country, supports this point in one of his white board videos. Check out this clip:   These words from Mr. Fishkin are particularly noteworthy: “Instead, we have to […]

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The PR Agency Review Process is Broken

The typical process that guides a company in evaluating PR agencies and ultimately choosing a winner is broken. It was broken when I participated in my first new-biz meeting — wicker furniture, of all things; we did not win — in 1983. It’s still broken today. In the vast majority of PR agency reviews, the […]

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Dear College Grad, About That Resume and Cover Letter …

It’s that time of the year. About 19.9 million college graduates are about to descend on civilization with shiny apples in hand. Unfortunately, the demand versus supply equation doesn’t work in their favor. Finding that elusive first job puts a premium on the resume and its associated cover letter. No university invited me to deliver […]

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