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There’s no debate: Not paying an intern as a PR agency is unethical.

By Chris Owen, Director, Hoffman Europe We recently had a call with a potential PR intern, as part of a series of chats we’re having for new agency hires for the year ahead. He was positive, clearly had a flair for writing, had a great balance between ambition and desire to learn his PR chops, …more

How to land a story in top-tier publications

  “I want to be in WIRED. How do I get into WIRED?” By Chris Owen, Director, Hoffman Europe As a PR pro, if I had £1,000 for every time a prospect or client said, “We’d like to get into WIRED / The Economist / the FT,” then I’d genuinely have no mortgage. I might …more

Dear Joe, Expand Your Cabinet with Words

  Dear Joe, Welcome to the White House. Is it just me or does it feel like it’s been an eternity since the Nov. 3 election? Anyway, I know you come into office with several mission-critical priorities screaming for attention. The pandemic has killed roughly 400,000 Americans. Economic conditions prompt comparisons to the Great Depression. …more

The Man (Trump) Can’t Even Pretend to Say the Right Thing

No need to rehash yesterday’s events. My Mom’s choice of adjectives was “disgraceful.” I’d say that nicely covers it. What was Trump’s answer to the storming of the White House? A tweet (naturally). Because Twitter had locked down Trump’s account for his incendiary behavior, he had to use the account of one of his minions, …more

Wishing Everyone a Healthy and Fun (don’t forget the fun) 2021

What a year! We are almost there. We can see the finish line to the calendar year just beyond our outstretched finger tips. While the world won’t automatically return to its axis on Jan. 1, 2021, there’s something rejuvenating about starting a new year with a blank canvas and possibilities. Happy holidays.    

Oatly Takes Conversational Language to the Next Level

You would think every company would prefer to communicate in a way that connects with people. After all, before segmenting the target audience, we know the objective is to reach people. Yet, business writing often comes off as mechanical and even stiff. Do you want the narrative to sound like it comes from an actual …more

Visual Rendition of the Story Is Always There

I came across author and illustrator Ella Frances Sanders in 2015 after she published her first book, “Lost in Translation.” She has a gift for marrying words and visuals, like the one above. To probe the “how,” she agreed to an interview which covered topics ranging from Bill Murray and the Yiddish word “meshugah”   …more