Don’t Be Anti-Social

That’s the message from the PRSA Tech Conference just held in New York. The event featured some of the foremost thought leaders on social media and related marketing. They included Patrick Hanlon, founder and CEO of Thinktopia, Inc., and author of Primal Branding; Steve Rubel with Edelman’s me2revolution practice , Constantin Basturea with Converseon and many others. Social…

The Spin Zone

I probably speak for a number of public relations practitioners who are tired of hearing the term “spin”. Bill O’Reilly on Fox News has his “No Spin Zone”. Following debates politicians have their “Spin Rooms”. TV commentators are starting to call PR professionals “Spin Doctors”. Even a few clients have picked-up on it. Though it’s…

A Mess In The Morning

Imagine you were the communications director at NBC during the past week. One morning, Don Imus, the long-time host of a steady and most profitable MSNBC simulcasted program delivers the now-famous “Nappy Headed” etc. phrase to describe the women’s basketball team at Rutgers University. First, there is some growing discontent and feedback among certain factions…

Gassed Up and Happy

A recent conversation with a car salesman included a discussion about gasoline prices. He noted Americans now seem to be trained to accept higher prices at the pump. The only time you hear complaints about these rising rates is when the oil companies push too far too quickly. Jump those costs 50 cents per gallon…

Bloody Eye Journalism

CBS was once the epitome of journalistic integrity. Its anchors and reporters were studied and admired by journalism students across the nation. The familiar names of Murrow, Cronkite, Rather, Safer, Wallace, and so many more were once held in the most highest regard by listeners and viewers, as well as those in the industry. Now…