BREAKING NEWS: It’s Amateur Hour on Pennsylvania Avenue

Trump and his administration are a brand in crisis. Witness the desperation and lame wish to control the message in this bizarre attempt at a presser by Sean Spicer, the new White House Press Secretary: I’m not interested in the political calculations here. I want to focus on the marketing communications problems, which are significant. […]

PR + Direct Creates Huge Impact For Colle + McVoy (And The Agency’s Clients)

Colle + McVoy in Minneapolis is expert at cultivating interest among the trade press. I know this because Jen Stack and her team send me amazing packages on a routine basis to help convince me. Now, let’s look at one that was not sent to me. The following press release, to support Cub Cadet PRO […]

Russia Is A Lot Of Things, A Good Client And Business Partner Among Them

Russian oligarchs have much invested in Europe and in the U.S. The inverse is also true. We have much invested in Russia. Russia is big business. According to The Hill, public relations giant Ketchum has earned more than $26 million representing Russia, and is keeping the country as a client despite the widely denounced incursion […]

#AskJPM Backfires, House of Morgan Cancels Tweet Chat

JPMorgan Chase & Co intended to use Twitter today for thought leadership purposes. Using the hashtag #AskJPM, interested parties were invited to send questions in advance of the session set for Thursday at 1 p.m. in New York. $JPM VC Jimmy Lee is taking over @JPMorgan on 11/14 at 1pm ET. Tweet Qs using #AskJPM […]

Hotel In Australia Gives New Meaning To “Snap Happy”

Influencer marketing. Follower counts. Sponsored content. These are just a few of the phrases we can use to describe a promotional offer from 1888, a boutique hotel in Sydney. Instagram users with more than 10,000 followers can stay one night for free. Someone with 10K followers on Instagram has a ton of social influence. If […]

Ad Agency Takes Strong Pro-Detroit Stance. Go Tigers.

There’s some shoddy reporting in The New York Times today about how Boulder, CO is the new Madison Avenue. Puh leeze. You want a job in advertising? Day Twah, baby. That’s the recruitment message now being beamed out by Lowe Campbell Ewald. Iain Lanivich, Creative Director at the shop, pitches Detroit hard in the above […]

Shipping Titan Finds Its Brand Voice And Its Footing In Social Media

What does a Danish shipping magnate want with transparency and social media storytelling? Nothing, according to its management team in Copenhagen. That is, until the team was turned around by Anna Granholm-Brun, corporate brand manager at Maersk Group. According to MIT Sloan Management Review, California-native Granholm-Brun has been with Maersk for four and a half […]

When Will PR Grow Up And Be All It Can Be?

I see a lot of PR pitches, just like I see a lot of advertising. I don’t mind the over-exposure, because it is my job and my passion. However, I do mind especially crass and often repeated attempts to reach me, and the general lowering of standards industry-wide. According to Ragan’s PR Daily, the ratio […]