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Reverse-engineering the Storytelling in a New York Times Feature

As a PR nerd, when I read a story in a publication that vacuums my attention, two questions immediately come to mind: Was PR the catalyst for the article? What storytelling techniques carry the narrative? Such is the process I went through with the NYT piece, “A Chinese Billionaire Spinning Research into Investment Gold.” As …more

A Not-so-obvious Part to “Every Company is a Media Company”

Thanks to the wonders of Internet and WordPress, any company can rationalize the cost of digital publishing. What’s more, Google’s decision to communicate the dialing down of activities in China on its corporate blog gave street cred to owned media. Since Google’s act on January 12, 2005, organizations of all shapes and sizes have become …more

The Google Algorithm is About to Crush Your Content … Starting Tomorrow

Before jumping into the sense of urgency part, let’s frame the issue. Mobile devices are taking over the world. In terms of raw numbers, mobile users surpassed the desktop users last year. Yet, this only tells part of the story. For PR and other communication functions, the core question comes down to behavior. Are consumers …more

TSA Shows Its Visual Storytelling Chops

Nobody likes airports. Dealing with the security gauntlet at airports is right up there with going to the dentist and watching Brady Bunch rerurns. Naturally, the organization behind airport security, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA),  finds itself image-challenged. To borrow from Shakespeare, the TSA does experience “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” Still, I give …more

PR Professional Finds Her Way to the Cannes International Film Festival

One of our young account professionals, Melissa Lewelling, will be headed to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival next month. Out of literally thousands of films, her creation called “More Than a Number” was one of 30 films selected by Campus Movie Fest to be shown in the Short Film Corner. Her film takes a raw look …more