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News Tips: PR Insights from a TV News Producer

News and PR pros are often entangled in a chess match where their actions can develop a relationship of either mutual benefit or mutual destruction. It all depends on how each approaches this give and take relationship. Who better to provide perspective and news tips than...

Tips to Prepare for a Media Interview

A potential media opportunity can strike at any moment. Whether you actively pitched your business’ news to local reporters, or they outreached to you for an upcoming editorial feature, you should always know the process for seizing the moment so you don’t miss out on...

People. Process. Product. The Engine of LTPR Pt. III

Part 3 of a three-part series. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.” – Warren Buffet   Three weeks ago CNBC aired its Season Three finale of “The Profit” where host Marcus...

Protests and Public Relations

It’s been another interesting week in the city that’s proud to be weird. Greenpeace activists are currently dangling from Portland’s beautiful St. John’s Bridge, protesting  arctic oil drilling. Their position blocks a ship that is carrying a Shell Oil Arctic icebreaker from leaving Portland, where it...

The Rise of “Gotcha!” Reporting and Fall of Journalism

There is an unsettling trend of reporters chasing down officials and shoving microphones in their faces. This gotcha reporting  tactic turns the news gathering process and subsequent stories into a sensationalized circus. Some reporters have this method down so well it has become their only...

Company Lessons for a Crisis Simulation

The Crisis Training "Top Seven" A few weeks ago we managed a mock crisis simulation at one of our client’s premises to test their crisis communications plan. Not only is this a good practice for any company, but repeating the training at regularly scheduled intervals can...

Facebook Boosting: PR or Advertising?

PR and advertising can butt heads from time to time. There is a prideful and territorial debate that rages on behind the scenes as the two different disciplines compete for equal footing with the client. This jockeying for position has inevitably made each agency, firm...

The Owned, Earned and Paid Media BALANCE

What can you do right now as a credit union executive to maximize your marketing plan for the rest of the year? Moreover, what can you do with an eye toward 2016? I provided some insights—and hopefully a few answers— at last week’s Credit Union National...