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The Wonders of the “Word Visual” and a Thanksgiving Story

I first touted the virtues of the “word visual” in 2014. For those not familiar with this technique, the idea is to use the words (or typography) to drive the action while minimizing the need for design expertise. The image above borrowing the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld falls in the “word visual” category. Most “word …more

America Has Spoken, Trump Channels Bluto and Other Post-election Musings

Remember when October was winding down and everyone was thinking, “Only a few more days and this madness will be over”? I never expected the man to go quietly in the night or day. I did expect his surrounding advisors — you know, the “sane” human beings like Jared Kushner and Lindsay Graham — to …more

I’m Guessing You Have Never Seen a Birthday Card Quite Like This One

It’s that time of year, prompting me to dust off my favorite birthday card. My granddaughter Addy served as both copywriter and designer of the card. In the spirit of full disclosure, she crafted this card some time ago, and I have posted about it before. Still, if TBS can show “It’s A Wonderful Life” …more

Vote (and a confession)

No exclamation point needed. One simple word. Vote. Everyone says democracy is on the ballot. For me, I checked the box for sanity. Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, wrote last week: “The good news is that we’ve survived four years of Donald Trump’s abusive presidency with most of our core values still intact. To …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

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

Going the Mile for a HA Jam

By Shereen Masoud-Jointe, Senior Account Executive (Europe) How far would you go to see your favorite band live? One really great friend I know got stuck in traffic for an hour and rode (read: borrowed) a bike from Google’s Mountain View campus to Shoreline Amphitheatre, just to take her best friend to see her favorite, …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