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Using PR to Launch a Cannonball at the Opposition

Previous posts have discussed the use of communications to send a message to a very specific group, sometimes even an audience of one. For example, Intel decided to serve notice that those infringing on its x86 intellectual property will face consequences. Not wanting to come across as heavy-handed to consumers — this shot across the bow …more

These Golden Rules for Business Success and Happiness Resonate with Me

Our daily online feeds deliver tips on everything from losing weight to creating a koi pond in your bathtub. Like most, I tend to tune these out. But a Bloomberg story on Richard Jenrette, an investment banker who passed away in April and his beliefs on how to succeed in business and live a happy …more

Plea to Rally Americans Behind Iceland at the World Cup

There’s no reason to rehash USA’s disastrous trip to Trinidad and Tobago and getting bounced from the 2018 World Cup. Taking that very American mentality of making lemonade out of lemons, I suggest that all of America rally behind Team Iceland at the World Cup. At this point you might be thinking, “Why the hell …more

CliffsNotes on Meeker’s State of the Internet

And people say my PowerPoint decks are too long. This year’s treatise on the internet from Mary Meeker weighs in at 294 slides. After reviewing the presentation, I’ve captured the slides that got my attention.   Take Immigrants Out of the U.S. Tech Industry, and the Equation Changes . Thought Bubble: At a time when …more

Building Bridges in the Year of the Dog (Part Two)

By Kelly Trom, Senior Account Executive   After six countries, two cross-Pacific flights, 2,479 photos, 83 days and too many rounds of dim sum to count later, I’m officially back on U.S. soil. When I landed in Hong Kong this past February, I was a little apprehensive about joining an entirely new team, working with …more