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Dusting Off Letter to Our Asia Pacific Team After the Trump 2016 Election

We’re now days away from the U.S. Presidential election. I’m optimistic that that the polls have it right, that the vast majority of voters understand four more years of Trump would be akin to putting the country in a wood chipper. When the 2016 election put Trump in the White House, our folks in Asia …more

If the FDA Called Us About a Communications Plan for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Everyone is counting on the vaccine to return the planet to its axis and the economy to growth mode. Yet polling shows many Americans — depending on the poll, anywhere from 33% to 50% — would take a pass on vaccination. That’s a problem. As a public service, I’ve developed the bones of a communications …more

China Borrows from Trump Playbook, Fanning the Flames of Xenophobia

President Trump referred to COVID-19 as a “foreign virus” during his Oval Office speech last month. Soon after, that phrase gave way to the “China virus” triggering a spike of racism directed at Chinese Americans. Of course, Trump enjoys race baiting. It’s good TV. Most Americans don’t realize – or perhaps don’t care – that …more

3M Leans on Owned Media to Counter Punch

  Owned media at its best can provide a counter-balance to perceived injustices from the media and social channels. Organizations ranging from Google to Walmart to the Brookings Institution have depended on their blogs to deliver their point-of-view to blunt an attack. Now comes 3M, under fire last week (April 2) from President Trump who …more

Governments Jump into the Sponsorship Game

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently stepped up to the podium, his words didn’t get my attention (and not just because my Hebrew vocabulary is eight words on a good day). Instead, I zeroed in on the backdrop depicted in the photo below. If I’m reading this correctly, Mobileye, a maker of technology for …more

Communications Lessons from a Politician

I asked Silicon Valley veteran Dave Kellogg for his OK to republish this post. I met Dave some 10 years ago when he was CEO of MarkLogic. Here was a CEO who not only understood PR but seemed to enjoy it. Unfortunately, his internal communications team didn’t command the same understanding, and our client relationship …more