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Interviewing Clients Like a Journalist: Thoughts from Dan Tynan

By Matt Burrows, Senior Account Executive   At first glance, dentistry might seem like the last profession you should address to get thoughts on storytelling, with most conversations with your dentist consisting of them asking questions while your mouth is open to the world. So when Dan Tynan — journalist, communications writer and Thought Follower …more

Tech Journalists in Hong Kong Share Insights with PR in Mind

Hong Kong continues to serve as an important media hub for Asia. With this in mind, Alessandra Tinio, an account director in our Hong Kong office, summarized a panel she attended that featured three tech journalists: Lulu Yilun Chen: Senior reporter with Bloomberg in Hong Kong, covering technology. A regular commentator on Bloomberg TV and …more

Packaging a Seemingly Dull Story to Crack Bloomberg Businessweek

The public relations function typically constructs media pitches based on the story that the company wants to tell. These stories tend to be pristine narratives — the sun is shining; birds are chirping — that dull the senses. That largely explains why 95%+ of pitches to the business media fail. Instead, we should be thinking …more

The News Release Isn’t Dead Yet

The news release was born on Oct. 28, 1906. Fast forwarding to 2015, organizations distributed roughly 762,000 news releases on wire services. Our back-of-the-envelope math figures 30 hours went into each news release at $200 per hour. The punch line — Organizations spent around $4.5B on the creation of news release back in 2015, a …more

What the Hell Was Huawei Thinking?

You’ve heard the phrase, “read the room.” Huawei can’t read the room. In spite of an in-house communications team that includes talented pros from the West, they continue to make amateur mistakes. The latest comes in the form of an open letter to the U.S. media published last week in The Wall Street Journal. If …more

A Clinical Look at Huawei’s Reputation Management

  Note: A version of this essay appeared in EE Times. Beleaguered. That’s the word that seems tethered to Huawei these days. Yet, “beset with difficulties” doesn’t quite capture what the telecom giant is experiencing. As a student of communications — the type with words, not satellites — I’ve been observing Huawei from afar since …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

What Is a Japanese Press Club (Kisha Kurabu)?

  Implementing a media relations campaign in Japan is not an exercise for the squeamish. It requires on-the-ground experience and relationships. In the U.S., PR cold-calls journalists on a daily basis. In comparison, PR in Japan would rarely reach out to a journalist without a proper introduction. I remember years ago working with our Japan …more