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The Law Won: Exploring the Yeager/AT&T Case

By: Guest | November 20, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Sean Williams. When is a news release an advertisement? For most of us in public relations, the answer is “never.” But a court case that just wrapped up in California might require us to think otherwise, as Gini Dietrich’s post and a spirited comment stream on 31 October outlines. Here’s the snapshot: Cingular Wireless (Now AT&T Mobility) came up with a [&hellip... Read More
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Pros and Cons of Using a Content Schedule

By: Guest | November 19, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Shanna Mallon. Creating a formalized content schedule takes foresight, but it also makes coming up with regular posts much easier. Should you have one? Would it make sense for you? More and more organizations are using a formalized content plan in their marketing efforts, not just for their blog posts but also for their complete social media campaigns. Why do they do [&hellip... Read More
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Don’t Make a Crisis Out of Opportunity

By: Guest | November 13, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Sean Fleming. Every single interaction with the public is an opportunity for you to espouse your brand’s voice and values. If social media has done anything it has been to break down the barriers between customers and the businesses from which they buy. Oh, and it’s also made it easy for bored married people to pretend to be young, single, and [&hellip... Read More
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The PR Industry of the Future Must Happen Now

By: Gini Dietrich | November 8, 2012 | 
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I think I might be in love with Procter & Gamble chief brand building officer Marc Pritchard. He spoke at the PR Summit – put on by The Holmes Report – in Miami last week and what he said makes me want to kiss him. During his keynote address, he used their “Thank You, Mom” Olympic campaign as an example of successful work led by their PR [&hellip... Read More
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The Melbourne Mandate and the Changing Role of PR

By: Guest | November 6, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Daniel Tisch. In a world where citizens, consumers, shareholders, and stakeholders walk around with global publishing power in their pockets, how does the role of public relations change – and what is the profession’s value to organizations, and to society? That’s a question each of us needs to think about as we serve our organizations and clients. And it’s one being [&hellip... Read More
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Advice from Authors on Focusing at Work

By: Gini Dietrich | November 6, 2012 | 
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As many of you know, I’m in the middle of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) and, as of this writing, I have more than 10,000 words written. I thought writing a novel wouldn’t be a big deal. I do, after all have a published book (cough, Marketing in the Round, cough) and I write here every, single day. I even spent three months outlining the [&hellip... Read More
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National Novel Writing Month Begins Today and We’re Participating

By: Gini Dietrich | November 1, 2012 | 
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I have been prepping for today since August. November 1. A Thursday. What’s the big deal? Well, I let Debra Caplick talk me in to (challenge me?) participating in NaNoWriMo. Say what? It’s National Novel Writing Month, which gives you 30 days to write 50,000 words. And it starts today! As it turns out, though, you can’t write the same word 50,000 times (I checked). You [&hellip... Read More
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AT&T Loses Case; News Release Held Under Paid Advertising Laws

By: Gini Dietrich | October 31, 2012 | 
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How many of you have ever referred to something historical in a news release? I know we have. It helps you tell a story about something that might otherwise be boring. That’s what AT&T (then doing business as Cingular Wireless) did when they issued a news release about their MACH 1 and MACH 2 command centers that allow them to quickly respond to natural disasters so [&hellip... Read More
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Know Thy Enemy: How to Work with Tough Reporters

By: Guest | October 25, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Elissa Freeman. Dealing with difficult reporters is a necessary evil if you’re a PR pro. But does it really have to be? During my career I’ve developed an approach to dealing with reporters who are inherently difficult. Sure, I’ve harboured delicious thoughts of telling a choice few just what I think of them; and these are great conversations – inside my [&hellip... Read More
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The Lance Armstong PR Crisis

By: Gini Dietrich | October 25, 2012 | 
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At the end of August, the New York Times broke the story that Lance Armstrong dropped his fight against doping charges and my Facebook and Twitter streams, inbox, and text messages were busy with, “What do you think?” and links to various articles. I read, and responded, to them all. And I defended the cyclist and creator of Livestrong. My stance was, as a business owner, there [&hellip... Read More