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pr planning process

Reenergizing the PR Planning Process

Every quarter to six months, we work with clients to create a new PR plan for the following quarter or remainder of the year. Naturally, this includes a review of the company’s goals to ensure the program is supportive, trends/topics the client should continue to own, what worked and what hasn’t during the program, and…

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Lobbying

Lobbying for Your B2B Client or Pitch Idea

I was recently speaking with a lobbyist that works with a client. The lobbyist was explaining his role, not only on behalf of my client but also more generally, including his job description and goals. He stressed that while most people think a lobbyist strictly influences laws or policies to benefit a company or organization,…

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Successful PR program

Can Successful PR Programs Ever Operate in a Vacuum?

Put up your hand if you’ve ever been in this situation: client says they want to be in the New York Times so the PR team schedules a call. On that call you review relevant reporters with the client and walk through relevant topics/trends that will catch the reporter’s attention, making sure to provide strong…

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Reputation Management

Reputation Management: Rising Above Competitors

There’s nothing wrong with healthy competition. Whether it’s on the field or in the boardroom, competition makes people try harder, move faster and embrace change. Without competition, there would be less incentive to think about customers, push for innovation or strive to hit goals. In PR, we rarely meet a CEO, a CMO or a…

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client-service-business

What It Means to be in a Client Service Business

There’s an overarching trend in the client service business. In fact, a week doesn’t go by in which I don’t have a similar conversation with a company in the throes of the agency search process. They need more brand awareness, their competitors are dominating the press, and their board wants to know what the plan…

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AI features

The Year AI Features Dominated the Media

At the end of last year, Fortune predicted that 2017 would be the year of artificial intelligence (AI). Boy, were they right. Whether it was new AI features in Amazon’s AWS cloud offering, Facebook’s use of AI to fight suicide or Elon Musk’s claim that AI will cause WWIII, there was rarely a day –…

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Narrative Development

Combining Art and Science in the Narrative Development Process

Whether a company is coming out of stealth mode, launching into a new market or looking to refresh for competitive reasons, creating a clear and crisp narrative is as critical as investing in product development and talent retention. If a company can’t distinctly state what it does and how it impacts the world, no one…

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artificial intelligence coverage

4 Smart Strategies For Securing Artificial Intelligence Coverage

Artificial Intelligence Coverage Overload Read any publication today and you will find an array of artificial intelligence coverage articles. From Elon Musk’s bold statements about artificial intelligence’s (AI) role in a potential World War III to IBM’s recent $240 million investment in the future of AI, the technology’s promises, benefits, and concerns have captured the…

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business press coverage

The Earned Media Holy Grail: Business Press Coverage

It’s rare that a week goes by without the team talking about business press coverage. All clients want it, and few understand what it takes to get it. When I first started in PR, the desire was an article in a major national newspaper, above the fold and on the right side. Now, in the…

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PR plans

Maximizing the PR Planning Process

Whether it’s a new client, the start of a new quarter or time for a six-month refresh, creating PR plans are the first step to ensure the PR program is a success. However, not just any plan will do. In order to truly have a successful program, you’ll need a planning process that is comprehensive…

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