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“Hell-on-Wheels” Crisis Communication Strategies

Three Strategies For Moving Forward I just returned from my fourth annual Cycle Oregon trip last week.  If you are not familiar with Cycle Oregon, you should be. The organization coordinates a week-long trip for more than 2,000 bicyclists each September through a different region of Oregon (often...

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...

Oscar Nominated Films and Their PR Takeaways

The Oscars are finally (almost) here! Every year I look forward to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s star-studded event. As a PR pro, The Academy Awards provide a wealth of takeaways on real time brand marketing, promotional tactics and more; coincidentally, it also makes...

The Holidays and Company Morale

The holiday season is in full swing and, I have to say it, it really is the most wonderful time of the year (cue jingle stuck in my head the rest of the day). In fact, research from TrackYourHappiness.org reports people are happier than usual...

News Releases Have Value Beyond Generating News

Every week, there seems to be a new blog discussing the future of the news release—if, indeed, it has a future. I’ll leave that timely, evergreen discussion to others, but I will venture the opinion that news releases can have value beyond simply generating news coverage....

To Avoid a Crisis, Preparation is Key

We have a saying at LT Public Relations—Crisis management is 99 percent preparation, one percent execution. Not only do we preach this PR maxim every chance we get, we gain special satisfaction when clients heed the sage advice—and most of all, when it’s proven true. We were...

So, What is Public Relations?

What is public relations? This is by far the most common question I receive when I tell people my profession. The irony is that even though PR is a communications field, the industry itself is not easily definable or understood. As I prepare to answer...

Protect Your Business’ Reputation: Know Yourself

The following LTPR article ran in Oregon Business magazine on May 12, 2014:  This past quarter, we've seen an increase in business leaders contacting us concerned about their company’s reputation. With unexpected security breaches, leadership transitions and M&As, a business’ current reputation can make or break...

How to Announce an Upcoming Merger

You recently received a memo from your company’s board of directors saying your business is merging with another (cue the ominous music as all the hypothetical scenarios, questions and concerns race through your mind). As the communications representative, you’re in charge of getting the word...