Tips for Working with Social Influencers

By Alex Altman The relationship between brands and celebrities goes back decades. Watch TV for an hour today and it’s a virtual certainty that you’ll see Jennifer Garner hawking credit cards, Chris Paul peddling insurance, or some other famous person selling you something you don’t need. In 2017 though, you don’t need to star in sport or cinema to get paid like a celebrity for endorsing a product. All you need is a large social presence. People who wield their social clout to promote brand messages on their own accounts are known as social influencers, and they’re part of a […]

Travis Kalanick’s Uber PR Problem

By Alex Altman It’s been a bumpy ride for Uber so far in 2017. In January, the company was excoriated for not disavowing President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order — a decision that spurred 200,000 customers to delete the app. But in some ways, what happened a month later was even more damaging to Uber’s reputation. On February 27, dash cam footage showed CEO arguing with Uber driver Fawzi Kamel over prices. In the video, Kamel complains that the company’s oft-changing policies had caused him to go bankrupt. “I lost $97,000 because of you,” he told Kalanick. “I’m bankrupt because […]

3 PR Trends That Will Define 2017

By Alex Altman We’re only two months into 2017 and already we’re living in a drastically different PR world than a year ago. The media is under siege. New technologies are transcending the way people consume information. And social media is a volcano primed to erupt the very moment a brand or public figure does or says anything even remotely controversial. A reasonable argument can be made that the need for PR has never been greater. With that in mind, here are a few of the trends that will come to define 2017. Tougher Journalists Since taking office, President Donald […]

BUILDING A BRAND IN A DIGITAL WORLD

By Melissa Newton-Smuzynski A couple of decades ago, the word media meant newspapers, television, and magazines.  Then came the Internet and the meaning evolved. News organizations started experimenting with websites and creating online content. Soon after, the emergence of online social channels such as Facebook and Twitter added another layer to the definition. Almost instantly, media became interactive.  Businesses and brands could bypass newspapers and television stations and connect directly with their consumers. Finding ways to connect with those consumers became the new job of public relations professionals. Public relations as an industry had to evolve with the media to […]

Is Your Business Making These Mistakes On Social Media?

By Alex Altman How low can brands go on social media? In the past couple of years, the social universe has been treated to a comedy of errors so shocking it should be the premise of a Judd Apatow movie. We’ve seen a clothing company celebrate the Fourth of July with a picture of the Challenger explosion. We’ve seen a tone-deaf pizza brand push frozen pies on domestic violence victims. We’ve even seen an airline Tweet a pornographic image in response to a customer complaint. Most recently a San Antonio mattress company posts an ad for a 9/11 sale where […]

Social Media Mistakes and What to Avoid

Is Your Business Making These Mistakes On Social Media? By Alex Altman How low can brands go on social media? In the past couple of years, the social universe has been treated to a comedy of errors so shocking it should be the premise of a Judd Apatow movie. We’ve seen a clothing company celebrate the Fourth of July with a picture of the Challenger explosion. We’ve seen a tone-deaf pizza brand push frozen pies on domestic violence victims. We’ve even seen an airline Tweet a pornographic image in response to a customer complaint. I do wonder if his issue […]

PR: MORE THAN JUST PRESS RELEASES

By: Melissa Newton-Smuzynski If you’ve never used a public relations consultant before, you might have the misconception that their only job is to write and send press releases. For this reason, many companies find public relations to be an unnecessary expense. Unfortunately, this myth ends up depriving many businesses of a service that can help their business grow and thrive. Media relations is certainly an important part of the public relations profession, but it is only a small sliver of the public relations pie. So what does a public relations consultant do on a daily basis? Everything! Take a look […]