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Dear Joe, Expand Your Cabinet with Words

  Dear Joe, Welcome to the White House. Is it just me or does it feel like it’s been an eternity since the Nov. 3 election? Anyway, I know you come into office with several mission-critical priorities screaming for attention. The pandemic has killed roughly 400,000 Americans. Economic conditions prompt comparisons to the Great Depression. …more

White House Serves Up “Life Is Better Than Fiction” News Release

OK. I understand the pressure on the White House communications team to come up with something, anything, to show Americans that Trump deserves a second term. Rather than field questions from pesky journalists, it stands to reason they would brainstorm ways to go on the offensive. Offer free chalupas at Taco Bells in the battleground …more

Does Tesla Really Need a PR Function?

After touching on this question in my newsletter, I decided the topic deserves a deeper dive. First, some stage setting. Electrek broke the news on Oct. 6 that Tesla eliminated its internal PR team: “If you’re a reporter who isn’t getting a response from Tesla, don’t take it personally, because it’s due to the automaker …more

The Tussle Between PR and Procurement

The PR Council recently conducted a webinar with Thom Roose, a 20-year procurement veteran who has worked for some of the biggest names – and buyers – in business, IBM, Accenture and Proctor & Gamble. Roose made the point that Procurement wants to move away from the traditional time and materials (T&M) billing model. Acknowledging …more

Trade Shows Canceled Due to Coronavirus: Impact on B2B Tech Marketing

By Andree Latibeaudiere, Senior Account Manager, Hoffman Europe Who could’ve predicted that an invisible entity could cause so much disruption? Salesforce’s flagship event, Dreamforce, was the latest industry event to fall victim to the Covid-19 pandemic, following a long list of trade show cancellations which punctuated the past few months. However, long before the recent …more

Translating Ogilvy’s 10 Writing Tips for 2020

  David Ogilvy penned his infamous advice on writing on Sept. 7, 1982 in a memo to his employees. His point of view still has relevance for anyone who touches business communications, not just the jingle jockeys and slogan makers. Still, they could use a refresh for 2020. Toward this end, I’ve captured Ogilvy’s 10 …more

Will the Communications Industry Change Because of President Trump?

  Update: I dusted off this post because the content remains relevant today. The President continues to struggle with the concept of delivering a clear and consistent message. Yet, he’s a “natural” at generating earned media. . Before addressing the question, let’s consider the high-level objectives of the typical communications campaign. Increase awareness, often in …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