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You Don’t Need to Be Hemingway to Bring Storytelling to Business Communications

The concept of “storytelling” has been trending in the communications industry for years. Virtually every communications consultancy touts its storytelling expertise short of saying: “Hey mister, step into our tent and see how storytelling can change your life.” There’s just one not-so-little detail that no one talks about. When it comes to business communications, storytelling …more

A “Life is Better Than Fiction” Communications from Silicon Valley

I’ve lamented the lack of storytelling in job descriptions, with everyone seemingly depending on the same HR 101 handbook. I’ve also showcased killer job descriptions like this one from Medium. Now comes a job description on LinkedIn like none other (h/t to Burghardt Tenderich for the flag). The creator was determined to leave nothing to …more

Don’t Confuse Real-Time Marketing with Improv Marketing

What do you remember about the 2013 Super Bowl? Unless you’re a fan of the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers, your overriding memory is the blackout, when someone pulled the plug at the Superdome for 34 minutes. And if you work under the marketing umbrella, you admired the nimbleness of Oreo Cookie to …more

Mulling on the (potentially) happy marriage of PR and SEO

By Mark Pinsent, Managing Director, Hoffman Europe   Public Relations and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) haven’t always been the happiest of bedfellows let alone entertained thoughts about a long-term commitment. There are a number of potential reasons for the lack of chemistry. Perhaps the historical perception of unethical ‘black hat’ SEO and underhand link-building programmes …more

Did These Symbols of Public Relations Disruption Come True?

I previously wrote that PR’s version of the industrial revolution was underway. Just like the industrial revolution upended manufacturing, a combination of digital communications, mobile consumption and the fight for attention were redefining communications. Five years ago I captured 10 symbols that PR had a hit a fork in the road only to invent a …more

Interviewing Dead Celebrity Lifts Video Out of the Sea of Sameness

How do you interview a celebrity who has passed away? The San Francisco Giants and star pitcher in his day Tim Lincecum shows the way. I’ve always admired the marketing efforts from the San Francisco Giants acknowledging that some might miss the mark. If you live in the Bay Area and follow the Giants, you’ll …more

The Best Storytelling Posts of 2019

  You can throw out many adjectives to describe 2019. Dull won’t be one of them. Writing about the intersection of communications, journalism and branding, a never-ending stream of fodder for potential posts flew by my window every day. I wish I had more time to dig and explore. The following captures the first half …more