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PR – An Essential Business? Tips for Keeping Your Sanity, Job and Relationships in a Pandemic

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It’s dark in here. Let me find the light switch. There you go. Hey, where is everybody? It sure is quiet. These are the thoughts you might have, if you work in PR in the Age of Coronavirus. People are bunkered down. No one knows for sure when the crisis will end.

Art of Communication: Q & A with Norm Magnusson

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My friend Cecilia invited me to an exhibit of artist Norman Magnusson’s work. I don’t know a lot about art despite being engaged to a wonderful artist, Sine Hjort. But Cecilia would not steer me wrong, and she raves about Norm and his work.

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Taking on the PR Agency Haters

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It is once again de rigueur to slam PR agencies. I learned this from a prospect who clued me in to a podcast and Forbes article (the former by uber influencers who should know better; the latter was generally negative on agencies but had some great points).

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Is that paid PR Opportunity worth it? 5 Experts Chime In

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They come in various flavors. The too-good-to-be-true TV spot. The “Pssst I can get you into XXXX, guaranteed, just pay me $YYYY.” The endless procession of awards and articles with price tags attached. Many PR people reflexively dismiss these and spend a lot of time explaining why to clients.

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Harness the Power of Influencers and Advocates

Learn how to find and use influencers and advocates to gain buyer's trust on your behalf.

United we Brand? Top Reads on Corporate Activism

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Should CEOs speak out on social, civil and political issues? Should brands take a stand? Pixabay. Back in the day (meaning just a few years ago) the answers were easier. It was a more innocent time and easier for businesses to step up to the plate when government was not doing its job.

Deborah Weinstein on the Challenges Confronting PR and Digital Marketing

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Today I share Deborah Weinstein’s answers to questions about the challenges confronting social media marketing and digital communications. It is the latest in my series of interviews with industry experts (see this post , which sets the stage).

How to Overcome Startup PR Challenges

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Pixabay. Some may assume that those who work in technology PR have similar gigs – but the assignments can vary substantially. First, almost every company is a tech company today, right? So just adding “technology” to PR does not shed much light.

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Why AI won’t Replace PR

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I was watching 60 Minutes this weekend, which ran a segment about AI that highlighted China’s growing clout in the tech (Silicon Valley, hope you were watching; you should be scared, very scared). They interviewed Kai-Fu Lee, the so-called Oracle of AI who boasts a Ph.D.,

He fired me and Launched my Career in Tech PR

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People sometimes wonder how I started out in engineering and wound up in PR. Something that happened recently really made an impression and brought my career journey full circle, 35 years later. Read on to learn more, and I hope you enjoy the story! Geeking out with Audio.

Top 15 Free PR Ideas to Grow Your Online Business

You've got a great idea, you've built your killer team, and you've maybe even gone through the first round or two of funding.

2020, PR Moment (decade) of Truth

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Pixabay. As we enter a new decade, I implore PR to do its part in protecting the journalistic info supply chain. Be truth-tellers. Be great fact-checkers. Now wait a second, I can hear you protest. That is not our job. We are paid to put the best possible spin on our news. To help the team win.

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Cover Your Assets to win in PR

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We are often asked what it takes to succeed in PR, and about the client effort required. They’re great questions; the second part acknowledges shared responsibility. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. I’ve found that most just want great results, they’re not trying to milk an agency.

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Neal Schaffer on Social Media Challenges & Opportunities for 2019. I was thrilled when Neal Schaffer agreed to participate in my series about challenges facing social media marketing. Neal is a social media speaker and consultant ranked by Forbes and others as a top influencer.

The Call was Perfect! The PR pitch, Even Better!!

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Recently, we’ve heard a lot about a phone call between a certain U.S. leader and a Ukrainian head of state. The call was said to be perfect at least by the former, and it must be true because he’s said it not once, but over and over again.

How to “Kill It” During Your Next Big Change

When it comes to change communication, employees need your help to understand what’s happening. Use these four steps to help employees navigate change.

Just DON’T It: Brands Fight Culture Wars at their Peril

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Should brands get involved in culture wars? E.g. some thought that Nike was very shrewd in hiring Colin Kaepernick as a brand ambassador. He’s polarizing, but the bold move seemed to sync with their brand.

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Getting Political in Branding and Messaging

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It used to be a much simpler world for brand development. The tough questions related to name, design, and color. If you were launching a new tech company circa the early 2000s, you might wonder whether to include a swoosh with your logo.

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Fostering Insurtech Success at GILS 2019

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I enjoyed attending the Global Insurtech Leaders Summit – Insurtech Insights in NYC last week. The event featured two days of great sessions and panels led by key execs from startups, carriers, journalists and investors.

Startup PR Myths Debunked

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It has been almost a year since I blogged about common startup PR myths. That post drew from NY Tech Meetup mail list discussions and cited arguments for and against PR. Since then, I’ve run across a few more myths. So I thought I’d update that post.

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I‘m in PR: What’s the Big Idea?

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They huddle around a conference room table. The lights go dark. The 35 mm slide projector floods the screen. It’s backlight shines an eerie glow on the presenter’s lower face. This is not just some an ad man (or woman). It’s the sermon from the mount. Or maybe Dracula.

Think outside the Block in Promoting your Venture: Join our 10/2 Webinar

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Looking to launch or grow a blockchain venture? What are the secrets to success? It’s a noisy world and a never-ending battle for the consumer’s attention. If the average user is slammed with info and updates, just think about journalists! They’re an especially tough crowd to reach and impress.

Next Steps in Social Media Marketing

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If social media were a brand, it’s one that I think most would agree has been tarnished. The reputation hits come from many directions. Sure, Facebook’s troubles have been front and center. It’s nothing short of mind boggling, the mischief and misdeeds that run rampant there.

The Internet Killed these 4 Words for Me

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Let’s face it, things have gotten weird with the Internet lately (and all things related – like the Web, apps, and social media). We used to have a great thing going! Now, Internet, you’ve become clingy, stalkerish, irrational, and carelessly share my personal info.

The Do’s and Don’ts Of Handling A PR Crisis

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This post is by David H. Lasker, Founder and CEO of News Exposure. . Your company’s hard-won reputation is an immeasurable asset. Start with the fact that your bottom line is built on customer trust.

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How to Social in 2019: Experts Share their Views

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Last month I interviewed top PR and social media experts about the challenges facing online marketing. The following recap includes some of the juiciest quotes from Neal Schaffer , Frank Strong , Drew Neisser , and Deb Weinstein.

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Google, you Complete Me! (A warm Thanksgiving tale)

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It started several months ago. I was writing a Gmail when grey words mysteriously appeared ahead of my typing. “Hmmm, must be some new functionality,” I thought. Then: “Hey, this just might be interesting and useful!”. The suggested words did fit. But I was stuck, kind of.

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How to Become a Media Darling

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This post originally appeared on Business2community. Every startup wants to be the belle of the media ball. But what do you do if the press just aren’t biting? It’s all the worse if they’re lavishing attention on the competition. From Pixabay.

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How to Stand out at a Noisy Trade Show (MWC Field Guide)

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I am often asked by clients how to build trade show buzz and booth traffic. It can be especially challenging when you’re a small startup with limited funds, as are most of our clients.

Frank Strong on Next Steps in Social Media Marketing

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I have been writing about issues challenging social media and digital communications, and speaking with thought leaders on the topic. In this installment, I interview Frank Strong, Founder & President of Sword & Script Media, LLC.

Does Social Media Marketing need a Reboot? Drew Neisser Chimes in

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Drew Neisser, Founder & CEO of Renegade. I have been blogging about challenges confronting digital PR and social media marketing. You can read those posts to learn more.

Building Bridges to Media and the World in Jerusalem

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Addressing the JVP meetup with Pnina Ben Ami. I traveled throughout Israel over the past 10 days and visited many parts of the beautiful country. Each place was more awe-inspiring than the last. But Jerusalem really stood out, for its history, mix of cultures and religions, and sheer beauty.

Building a Fintech Startup: Top Tips, via Betaworks Panel

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Last week I wrote about growth tactics for B2Bs. This week I am following up with a post on how to build a fintech , based on a panel discussion I attended at Betaworks Studios in New York.

Cheap Trick: Great Band, Lousy B2B Growth Strategy

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It’s tough to launch and grow a successful business, and tempting to look for shortcuts. And why not? We’ve all heard about the magical growth hacks; the campaigns that went viral, the PR home runs that crashed servers and exploded phones.

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Definers Saga and the State of PR Ethics

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I’m always interested in topics related to my profession, PR, and the industry we serve, technology. So I was eager to see what NY Times had to say in Jack Nicas’s recent piece: How Facebook’s P.R. Firm Brought Political Trickery to Tech.

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Social Tools Summit Wrap

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I attended and really enjoyed the Social Tools Summit in Boston earlier this week. Neal Schaffer and Brian Mahony produced a great event; kudos, and thanks again for inviting me to speak there. It gave me the chance to hear from a range of speakers, including vendors and users.

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Content Curation’s Last stand?

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Quora recently sent me an email asking about my favorite content curation examples. Image from Pixabay. In years past, answering this would have been a layup (I suppose that’s why I was on their list). Now I was strangely stumped, even disinterested. It’s not that I’m out of touch.

Startup PR Myths Busted, via NY Tech Meetup

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The NY Tech Meetup mail list is a great way to keep up with the local tech community and make connections. Every day founders, developers, service providers, journalists and VCs hold forth on a range of tech and entrepreneurship topics. It’s a noisy list, and the debate can get heated.

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PR Golden Turkey Awards

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I thought I’d bring back a feature this year that I haven’t done in awhile – my PR Golden Turkey Awards. Sound Opinions, one of my favorite podcasts inspired this year’s theme. Their November 18 episode focused on Turkey Pardons.

Lin Pophal on the Evolving Role and Field of PR

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I’ve known Lin Pophal for years through her work as a writer for eContent , HR Executive , and others; have pitched her client stories and my own thought leadership topics (I’m in her eContent story on content curation tools ).