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Building Bridges in the Year of the Dog

I’m convinced that the secret sauce for global PR campaigns is collaboration. It stands to the reason that the better folks know each other — even those halfway across the world — the better the collaboration. That’s why we invest in a program called “Building Bridges,” allowing staff members to travel overseas and work out …more

Journalist Compares a Bad Media Pitch with One That Has a Fighting Chance

For those who toil on the front lines of media relations, it’s easy to drift into a Jim Carrey-like optimism. . PR: “What are the chances that you’ll write about this pitch?” Journalist: “Not good” PR: “You mean not good like one out of a hundred?” Journalist: “I’d say more like one out of a …more

Will the Communications Industry Change Because of President Trump?

Before addressing the question, let’s consider the high-level objectives of the typical communications campaign. Increase awareness, often in the form of media coverage. Strive to fortify the brand. Of course, the ultimate goal is to win people over to your way of thinking so they “buy.” By this definition, Trump’s unconventional approach to communications has …more

Channeling “Jerry Maguire” in the Client/Agency Relationship

Every person in a consultancy — and not just a PR agency … could be any type of professional services firm — has experienced a client who adds what we’ll call “extra obstacles” to achieving success. It’s not personal (usually). Sometimes, it’s simply a byproduct of the company’s culture. Sometimes, the client’s boss finds comfort …more

Building bridges across and beyond the Hoffman offices

By Karuna Tsang, Associate Account Director   “Welcome to San Francisco. The local time is 10:45 p.m. …” announced the captain. Finally, after a 12-hour flight, I arrived in the United States. It had been a while since I visited the U.S., and what excited me the most was that I would be working in …more

Deconstructing 50 Random News Releases

Does PR Get Storytelling? As one way to answer the question, we randomly selected 50 news releases and applied three tests to them. Test #1 We analyzed the use of adjectives and adverbs, often a shortcut to genuine storytelling. If you say you’re great, no one believes you. . On the other hand, sharing a …more

Research Indicates PR Pros Believe They Do Get Storytelling

I speak at the Mumbrella Conference in Singapore tomorrow, charged with answering the question, “Does PR Get Storytelling?” Obviously, I have my views on the topic. But what about the PR folks on the front line. What do they think? To find out, we surveyed over 400 PR professionals based in Asia pulling from both …more

Deconstructing a Businessweek Story on a T-shirt Factory for PR Lessons

Talk about a mismatch in supply and demand. Thousands of companies strive for feature stories in business publications like Businessweek, Fortune and The Economist. Supply can probably accommodate 1 percent of demand (at the most). So how do you help your company or client be that one in a hundred? Create a pitch that aligns …more