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What Do We Learn From Political Debates? (Not Much, In My Opinion)

  (Author’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of political articles for CommPRO.biz that I’ll be writing leading up to Election Day. FYI – My first public relations job was with a political firm, where I worked on local, statewide and presidential campaigns. In this column, I question if anything is learned from political debates.)…

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OP Ed: Distrust noun, the feeling that someone or something cannot be relied upon.

verb, doubt the honesty or reliability of; regard with suspicion. Current Definition: medical reports on President Trump condition. (Author’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of political articles for CommPRO.biz that I’ll be writing leading up to Election Day. FYI – My first public relations job was with a political firm, where I worked on local, statewide…

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Is It Safe Here?

Deanna Brown What inhibits the learning and evolution of a team? Safety. Throughout 2020, our collective safety has been upended in myriad ways, and it’s extremely evident in how teams are functioning with each other and overall in an organization. The events of this year have caused a new human to emerge; often vulnerable, uncertain,…

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The Convention Errors

(Author’s Note: Even though the 2020 presidential campaign began on January 20, 2017, the day President Trump was sworn in, traditionally the campaigns begin after Labor Day. So between now and Election Day, November 3, on this web site, I’ll be writing a series of political columns. The first has to do with the Democratic…

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Virtual Communication Lessons from the DNC

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D Over the last few months, organizations have transitioned from traditional offices to the virtual workplace, which makes your continued effectiveness as a communicator increasingly dependent on your ability to connect with, and influence others in this dramatically new environment.  With that in mind, I hope you watched the Democratic National Convention. For the…

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Richard Levick Asks: ‘What’s a Director to Do?’

“Are directors even relevant anymore?” – Fortune 150 Board Member   Today we release the fourth eBook in our series on challenging issues facing companies and institutions, this one on our thoughts about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. We are planning a number of additional broadcasts soon, including a new series we have developed with CommPRO and the Museum of Public…

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Importance of PR for Hedge Funds

Ronn Torossian, CEO, 5WPR  One of the biggest marketing tools that hedge funds tend to avoid is public relations, which is unfortunate because making a hedge fund available to the press and training the spokesperson for the hedge fund properly can lead to a lot of success for the business.  There are plenty of ways…

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How Will a Union Push Transform Print Media?

Ronn Torossian, CEO, 5WPR These are challenging times for the print media industry. What was once the touchstone and foundation of all media is in the process of a titanic shift, thanks in large part to the popularity and ubiquity of the internet. Newspapers, while still valuable, are closing or reducing their staff and delivery…

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Reputation Management: The Three Degrees of Preparation

Tom Bestwick, PR & Outreach Specialist, Hallam The times are changing. Lockdown restrictions are starting to ease, allowing the economy to begin climbing back to its feet. Non-essential businesses are opening again – some after nearly six weeks of their doors being closed. New normals are being established everywhere we look – new normals that…

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Are You Prepared to Talk About Your PPP Loan?

Lauren Parker, President + CEO, FrazierHeiby Shake Shack. Potbelly. Kanye’s Yeezy brand. These are just some of the large corporations that faced criticism after receiving government funds from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program was part of the federal CARES Act, which set out to help small businesses maintain payroll and other…

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How United Airlines Made a Big Change During the Pandemic

Ronn Torossian, CEO, 5WPR  The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt many different industries, but it has wreaked havoc on the airline industry. Several airlines were hit very hard as travel restrictions were put in place and many people had to be quarantined. While some business and personal air travel continued, it was not nearly enough to…

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Should Your Company Boycott Facebook?

Lauren Parker, President + CEO, FrazierHeiby This is a question many of our clients have asked over the past week.  Initiated by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the NAACP, the #StopHateForProfit campaign encourages brands and organizations to pull their Facebook ad spend in response to the social media platform’s “repeated failure to meaningfully address the…

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Richard Levick: “Show Me, Don’t Tell Me”

  “When you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick, brutalize, and even kill your black brothers and sisters with impunity … then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.” – Letter From Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr., 1963 That same year, when I was almost six years old, I was listening to…

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5 Best Practices for Online Media Monitoring

Notified Want to know how to do media monitoring right? From media scanning and clipping reports to real-time listening solutions, media monitoring is not a new concept. In fact, it’s been around for over a hundred years. It’s the only way to understand what’s being said about your company and industry, and by whom. With…

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Ronn Torossian On Bad News: When Celebs Agree to Jail Time

In the public eye, a single bad decision can damage a carefully-cultivated public brand which took years to develop affecting their public relations image forever. As an example of this, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plea deals that include jail time for their role in the national college entrance “bribery” scandal. …

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Dear Wonderful Client, Will You Marry Me? I’ll Do Your PR?

Thomas J. Madden, Chairman and CEO, Transmedia Group Don’t just propose in your PR proposals.  Show off what a prolific publicist you are. Sure, you want clients to marry you, sign your contract, retain your services for better or worse until cancellation do you part. But much better than saying how great you are and how much…

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LIVE: It’s Voice Your Vibe

  Wendy Glavin, CEO & Founder, Wendy Glavin Agency   Most people have public and private personas which they portray based on their surroundings. Personas are about creating perceptions. Typical examples of those who maintain public identities include: politicians who use various facades to get voters, actors that play to become the characters, lawyers who must advocate for…

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OP Ed: Another Victim Of The Coronavirus: TRUTH

(And a Not-To-Forget Lesson For People In Our Business) Arthur Solomon, Public Relations Consultant The deadly coronavirus hates people. It has separated people from their families. It has separated people from their friends. It has caused massive unemployment. It frightens people. It is also responsible for an increase in hate messages on social media, targeting…

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