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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

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

Making a Cover Letter Count

By Chris Owen, Director, Hoffman Europe   We’re on the lookout for a recent graduate to join the team here at Hoffman, which means navigating through cover letters and CVs, both of which constantly veer between the brilliant and the downright stale. The former invite interviews, the latter the bin, yet both are born with …more

Playing the Scarcity Card in Media Relations

No company in business history has played the scarcity card in media relations with the deftness of Apple. People talk of the genius of Steve Jobs in regard to product design, pushing people to achieve the seemingly impossible and developing a cult-like following from customers. Often lost in this discussion is how Jobs orchestrated Apple’s …more

The Communicator’s Guide to Deciphering Acronyms

It’s weird. We’re in the business of communications. You would think that we’d be OK with deploying full words. But that’s not how we roll. I put out a call to arms across the Agency for acronyms that surface on a regular basis. The list below doesn’t pretend to capture every single acronym. Still, it …more

How to Build Better Relationships with Journalists

  “You know, we have other interests. We don’t all go home and talk to our families about cloud storage all weekend — well, not all of us anyway.” Bryan Glick, Editor-in-Chief, Computer Weekly     In this latest episode of “The Story is Always There,” Computer Weekly’s editor-in-chief Bryan Glick drops some gems, including …more