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Flacks vs. Hacks -Taking the High Road Instead of the Road to Nowhere

It seems there is no end to the pleasure journalists and PR people experience when sparring with each other, particularly now that social media so swiftly expands and extends the reach of every gripe, complaint and criticism.  This trend began in earnest, I believe, in 2007 when Chris Anderson outed public relations professionals – by… Continue Reading Flacks vs. Hacks -Taking the High Road Instead of the Road to Nowhere

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PR 101: A Reminder of Our Responsibilities

“We did all we could to be in the game, to tie it up, and didn’t. And it’s my fault.” – Former Washington Redskins punter, Hunter Smith, in an interview with the Washington Post’s D.C. Sports Bog about his release from the franchise. With those words describing a missed snap that ultimately cost him his job,… Continue Reading PR 101: A Reminder of Our Responsibilities

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Lessons from Kenneth Cole: Watch What You Tweet

Americans no longer have to ask the question, “Why does the rest of the world hate us?” Kenneth Cole solved that riddle for all of us today by posting one extremely insensitive tweet. Yes, he’s referring to the same tumultuous situation in Cairo you’re thinking of, a violent upheaval that has resulted in death, injury and… Continue Reading Lessons from Kenneth Cole: Watch What You Tweet

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What’s Your Online Reputation?

How often do you Google yourself? How about your company, or even the leaders of your business? Are you receiving daily updates about what’s being posted about you online? It isn’t vain to want to know what’s posted about you online. In fact, it’s imperative to know what people see when they type your name… Continue Reading What’s Your Online Reputation?

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Three Reasons Sarah Palin’s Shooting Response Video is All Wrong

Link – Palin Response to Tucson Tragedy In her song “American Dream”, country music artist Lucinda Williams laments over and over again that, “…everything is wrong.”  While the song’s focus is on a different type of tragedy, its chorus could just as easily apply to Sarah Palin’s latest attempt to respond to the tragedy in… Continue Reading Three Reasons Sarah Palin’s Shooting Response Video is All Wrong

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Three Ps Pay Off in PR

Three P's for PR

In a previous posting I implored communicators to avoid being afraid of entering the public domain.  After a recent experience with a getting a story published, I thought I’d add three more Ps for PR: persistence, patience and professionalism. Nearly 18 months ago our firm won a piece of business from a small health care trade… Continue Reading Three Ps Pay Off in PR

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Food for Thought for New PR Pros

When I started working at Stanton Communications as an Account Coordinator, my first job in PR, I had a general sense of what I would do on a day-to-day basis. However, like all new professionals, I was unclear as to what my main responsibilities would be.  Now that I’ve been with the company for about… Continue Reading Food for Thought for New PR Pros

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2011 Predictions: Public Affairs & Grassroots Campaigns

Early December prompts an avalanche of ‘best of’ and ‘worst of’ the year lists. These are soon followed by New Year’s resolutions, which are ostensibly crafted after reviewing personal best and worst moments of the year in the hopes of improving next year. And do we ever have a list of ‘worst of’ moments to… Continue Reading 2011 Predictions: Public Affairs & Grassroots Campaigns

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Driven to Digital Distraction

How many technologies are you juggling right now? You know what I mean: Typing away on your keyboard, while simultaneously checking MSNBC, peeking at LinkedIn, and sneaking glances at your cell phone for the thrill of a new text message. It’s enough to make you hear that familiar “ding” of a new email in your… Continue Reading Driven to Digital Distraction

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Can We Be Too Risk Averse?

Building on the previous blog post by Peter Stanton that touched on the inadvertent disclosure that sometimes happens I began to wonder if the tools and technology we use in communications and public affairs contribute to an environment where professionals become hesitant to engage media. Living in an age of 24-hour news cycles and growing… Continue Reading Can We Be Too Risk Averse?

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