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The Biggest Barrier Between PR and Creativity Is …

If you asked 1,000 people which profession is more creative, advertising or PR, I suspect 997 would say advertising (figuring the outlier dynamic at .003 percent). After all, advertising delivers those 30-second TV commercials that tug at the heartstrings or prompt laughter. They sell beer by teasing out a classic story arc depicting a horse …more

White House Offers Lesson in How Not to Persuade

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I intended to slide into the holiday on a happy note. But I can’t leave alone the White House statement on Saudi Arabia and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It turns out that Trump didn’t care whether Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was behind the murder or not. He …more

A Behind-the-curtain Look at EE Times’ Bigger Picture

By Jaime Hamilton, Account Coordinator   For EE Times, the days of thinking small are over. Marked by an October 1 relaunch, the publication embarked down a new path that combines an aesthetic upgrade with fortified substance — all-encompassed by a new mantra: Think Big. “We, as editors, were trained to think small as our …more

Intel Cracks the Code on News Release Structure

The news release resembles a cockroach. It survives in spite of the odds that say it should have died long ago. PR pros recognize the pressure on journalists to write fresh stories that don’t rely on information in the public domain. And journalists aren’t exactly fans of the news release. A couple of years ago …more

Sprout Agency Partner Summit 2018 – The Hoffman Agency CliffsNotes

By Sarah Collins, Senior Account Executive   A career in public relations inherently keeps you on your toes. Although it may seem that no two days within a week are the same, as creatures of habit, we unavoidably fall into routines from time to time. I try my best to prevent that and personally believe …more

Election Day Proves You Can Teach an Old Dog at Least One New Trick

Confession time. Wheel in the single light bulb recreating a scene from “Deutschland 83.” Let’s add an interrogator to left of the bulb who is gifted in non-verbal communications. OK, I’m ready. I had never voted in a public election — casting my ballot to get Stanley Telson elected as our fifth grade homeroom rep …more